Tang’s Tenth Anniversary Luncheon is a Time for Reflection

The Saturday celebration at the Tang included the dedication of the museum’s newest named space, the Illumination Gallery, named in honor the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. The gallery is a “bridge” on the Tang’s second floor that overlooks the atrium and the entrance to the Wachenheim Gallery below.

The Illumination Fund recently awarded Skidmore a grant of $1.2 million in support of the Tang’s museum-based learning program. The grant virtually fulfilled a three-to-one matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, guaranteeing that the College would achieve the $4.8 million endowment needed to ensure the continuance of key components already in process at the Tang.

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Provocative abstract exhibit to open at Skidmore

“The Jewel Thief,” a new exhibition opening Saturday at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, brings together abstract works by more than 60 artists, with the intention of provoking new ways to experience and think about abstract art.

From the overlooking Illumination Gallery, made possible by a recent gift from Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, visitors can stand on another artwork, an installa

tion by London-based artist Richard Woods. His printed floor boards also make a stage for modernist-inspired sculpture by Rico Gatson and a series of 1960s weavings from the Tang’s collection.

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Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Awards $300K in Grants

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has awarded $300,000 in grants to six New York City organizations, enabling these non-profits to expand capacity and increase their reach. The organizations include The After-School Corporation, generationOn, New York Cares, ReServe, Taproot Foundation New York, and The United Way New York City BoardServe initiative. The grants follow the conclusion of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service held in New York City.

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Fresh Fruit and Veggies Have Arrived in St. George

Staten Island’s first fruit and vegetable “Green Cart” stand opened its umbrella last week at the ball-park-side entrance to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Potatoes and eggplants, berries and mangoes, aloe vera leaves and organic bananas displayed in handsome baskets with other produce, arrived as a result of the city’s Green Cart Initiative, a Department of Health program designed to bring healthy foods to underserved neighborhoods.

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Building a Greenhouse

Almost 50 volunteers gathered in East New York on Saturday to build a greenhouse on a recently acquired lot behind Euclid 500 Garden. The participants assembled planters with fruits, vegetable and herbs — which will be donated to a local food bank — and also built picnic tables and painted a mural. The project was sponsored by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, whose mission is to increase access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. The project was held just two days before the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

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