Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, with Nathan & Alan Lieberman of the South Beach Group Hotels, hosted the Power of Art to Heal at the Hotel Croydon Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami 2017.
The event was inspired by Mrs. Shafiroff’s desire to add a philanthropic element to the week’s events. “We all know art heals,” says Mrs. Shafiroff, citing art therapy utilized to treat those in need such as children battered by domestic abuse, veterans and individuals from war-torn countries suffering from PTSD, and incarcerated individuals for whom describing trauma might not be possible. “Art therapy is a common method of treatment by charitable organizations,” says Mrs. Shafiroff.
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Alan Lieberman, Diane Lieberman, Lee Fryd, real estate developer Jonathan Fryd, Karen Fryd, Eric Demarchelier, Catherine Demarchelier, Catherine Rodstein, Missy Hargraves, Cydni Duran, Joe Swedroe, Jack Acoco, Ruth Miller, Joyce Moore, Lisa Konsker, Randi Schatz, Sir Ivan Wilzig, Svetlana Nevodtchikova, Steve Knobel, Nicole Noonan, Marie-Claire Gladstone, Kevin Berlin, Tiffany Masters, Mark Henkin, Julie Lamb, Jill Brooke and Barbara Agozzino.
Mrs. Shafiroff felt that Art Basel Miami was the perfect event to draw attention to the role art can play in healing, and to bring the issue to the forefront of the minds of the influential art dealers, artists, exhibitors, and attendees. Mrs. Shafiroff hopes that art fairs, artists, dealers and art patrons might explore how they can further contribute to the communities that they work in and visit. In honor of the event, Mrs. Shafiroff will make a donation The South Florida Youth Foundation, founded and directed by Karen Fryd.
Photo Credits: Patrick McMullan
About The South Florida Youth Foundation:
The South Florida Youth Foundation (SFYF) began by providing educational supplies to the neediest schools in Miami’s inner-city. This engagement grew by building relationships with the City of Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Through concerned teachers and officers, the organization’s director, Karen Fryd, has been able to understand and engage with the poorest pockets of poverty. This has enabled an involvement for twenty years to directly address challenged situations in a grass-roots manner and getting quick results.
Projects have included: funding programs for disabled children, school supply drives, tickets to the arts, providing food for senior citizens, programs to incentivize better grades in school, assisting youth in attending college, programs to assist foster children, planting gardens, sponsoring music programs, prom programs, helping to create “The Shop” (a store where everything is free for students), opening a school library, and assisting in direct needs such as helping with electric bills and paying for hotels for families as they await placement in shelters, among others. All money donated to the SFYF goes directly to needs; not one dollar is spent on overhead.
The mission of The South Florida Youth Foundation: To help children achieve their fullest potential through education and to help break the cycle of poverty.
About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, is considered to be at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Jean’s philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge. Through her work she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives.
A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and Global Strays. Recently Jean became an Ambassador for the American Humane Society. Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, Jean has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, The New York Times, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.
Jean holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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