The American School of Classical Studies at Athens and Gennadius Library host their annual Gala to benefit the mission of the School. During our premier event of the year, we celebrate Greece’s rich heritage with the Hellenic world’s most influential leaders and scholars as well as honors those who have made significant contributions to the study of Greek culture. Experience an extraordinary evening of culture, education, and inspiration at a spectacular venue in New York City. The Gala provides an important source of funding for the School and its academic programming, excavations, outreach, publications, and research, as well as a wide range of free public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and award-winning short films.

Watch Gala 2021

In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, the American School re-envisioned Gala 2021 as a virtual event. We hosted the online celebration on Thursday, May 6, 2021, and honored Curtis Runnels, distinguished Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Classical Studies at Boston University. To watch a replay of our Virtual Gala, please visit the following links:


Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 6:30 PM EDT

Schedule of Events

Virtual Cocktail Hour: 5:30–6:30 PM EDT
Program: 6:30–7:30 PM EDT
Post-Gala Breakout Rooms: 7:30–8:30 PM EDT


We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting Professor Curtis Runnels with the Gennadius Prize. To read more about Professor Runnels, please click here.


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Support the School

The Gala provides an important source of funding for the American School. If you cannot attend this event, please consider supporting us with a monetary or auction item donation. To offer an in-kind gift, please click this link, or contact Nancy Savaides at or 609-454-6810. Thank you for supporting the American School.

Past Galas

Click the links below for more about our previous events.*

Gala 2021

Gala 2019

Gala 2018

Gala 2017

Gala 2016

*No Gala was held in 2020 due to COVID-19.