The American-Scandinavian Foundation 2023 Spring Gala took place on Thursday, May 4 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City! This year’s event celebrated Scandinavian ties to both the visual and performing arts, and marked the 10th anniversary of ASF’s sponsorship of the Birgit Nilsson Award presented to an outstanding young artist annually at the Metropolitan Opera.
Highlights this year included a presentation of the ASF Cultural Award to ASF Advisory Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Hon. John L. Loeb Jr., recognizing his outstanding accomplishments as a collector of art and for his decades-long efforts to support and promote awareness and appreciation of Danish art in the U.S.; and presentation of the ASF Gold Medal to the Metropolitan Opera, in recognition and appreciation of its long history of presenting, promoting, and mentoring musical artists from the Nordic countries.