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07.26.2018

Illumination Fund Launches New $10 Million Arts In Health Initiative

ILLUMINATION FUND LAUNCHES NEW $10 MILLION ARTS IN HEALTH INITIATIVE

Building on its 10 years of supporting organizations that help improve the lives of New Yorkers, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund (LMTIF) has launched a $10-million-dollar, multi-year initiative to support organizations working on health issues that impact New York communities and that emphasize the arts as a tool for healing. The new initiative focuses on three main issues in 2018: mental illness stigma, trauma, and aging related diseases.

“Decades of scientific study show that engagement in the arts provides cognitive, emotional and physical health benefits for people from youth to old age, but there are great disparities in access to services in New York City,” says Laurie M. Tisch, president and founder of LMTIF. “This initiative will help organizations doing important work with underserved populations, increase their ability to reach more people, and build awareness of the role the arts can play in healing. At our core, we are dedicated to using the arts to help build healthy and vibrant communities in New York City.”

New York City Organizations Connecting Arts in Health

To kick off the Arts in Health Initiative, LMTIF is providing initial grants to nine New York City organizations spanning disciplines such as visual art, film, community murals, theater, dance and other arts disciplines:

Says Laurie M. Tisch, “LMTIF is deeply committed to increasing access and opportunity in a range of issues, from access to healthy food, access to the arts and arts education, to economic opportunity. That’s why I created the foundation. As with other areas in which we have focused, in Arts and Health we see significant barriers to access, and issues of inequity, so we are funding programs that help overcome disparities in access to those in need.”

In addition to making grants, LMTIF will convene its grantee partners, health experts, New York City arts leaders, foundations, philanthropists and community partners to share ideas and demonstrate impact.  Each event will focus on a distinct theme and will showcase three of LMTIF’s new grantees.

The first gathering in the foundation’s Arts in Health initiative was held April 24th, at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, in partnership with the Aspen Institute and Hunter College.  The gathering examined ways that the arts are addressing mental health stigma. The event featured leaders of three New York-based organizations and agencies working in the field: Community Access, Fountain House and the NYC Mural Arts Project at the Department of Health. Introductory remarks will be provided by Patrick Corrigan, author, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a foremost expert in mental health stigma who has authored or edited more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and 15 books on mental health.

“Many people with serious mental illness are challenged doubly,” says Dr. Corrigan. “On one hand, they struggle with the symptoms and disabilities that result from the disease. On the other, they are challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness. As a result, people with mental illness are robbed of the opportunities that define a quality life: good jobs, safe housing, satisfactory health care, and affiliation with a diverse group of people.”

According to Corrigan, “The stigma of mental illness is first and foremost a social justice issue. Although stigmatizing attitudes are not limited to mental illness, the public seems to disapprove of persons with psychiatric disabilities significantly more than persons with related conditions such as physical illness. Severe mental illness has been likened to drug addiction, prostitution, and criminality.”

Corrigan’s research has identified several key ingredients to effective anti-stigma initiatives, including face-to-face contact, sharing stories about personal challenges, presenters with “lived experiences,” contact that includes a common goal, and having an uplifting message.  Those ingredients undergird the Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Competition, the NYC Mural Arts Project, and Fountain House Gallery.

Looking Ahead

On September 13, LMTIF will convene experts and stakeholders to discuss the role of the arts in addressing trauma at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, with the Art Therapy Project, Theater of War, and Gibney. On November 28th LMTIF will host a gathering to explore the role of the arts to help address aging-related diseases at the Mark Morris Dance Studio in Brooklyn, featuring Dance for PD (Parkinson’s disease), Arts and Minds, and The Creative Center at University Settlement.

 

 

01.24.2018

Laurie Tisch Listed in Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York

Most Powerful Women 2017

Laurie Tisch makes her debut appearance on Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York list in the #15 spot. Crain’s recognized her commitment to philanthropic areas in education, arts and culture, nutrition and healthy food. Laurie said “My philanthropy comes from a fundamental belief that circumstances of birth should not limit life’s opportunities. It’s about [expanding] access and opportunity for all New Yorkers, whether that’s access to the arts, healthy food, education or economic opportunity.”  Crain’s will host a celebratory luncheon September 26.

 

01.09.2018

The New York Times Profiles Laurie Tisch

Laurie Tisch, Collecting the Giants, of New York and Modern Art

The New York Times showcased Laurie Tisch’s commitment to the visual arts in a special profile in its Art & Design column. In addition to sharing her love of modern and contemporary American artists, which has been inspired by her role as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the article also highlighted her decades of leadership in arts education. She gave shout-outs to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Center for Arts Education, where she was the founding board chair, and she emphasized the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund’s focus in New York City.

11.30.2017

Laurie Tisch Launches Children’s Book Drive

On November 30th, Laurie M. Tisch, honorary chair of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) read to 30-40 children, ages 3-4, at Union Johnson Early Learning Center in East Harlem, one of 24 CMOM Health and Learning hubs sponsored by LMTIF. The event kicked-off CMOM’s city-wide holiday book drive benefiting hubs at Head Start centers and homeless shelters throughout the City. Laurie also spoke with Fox 5 NY News  and encouraged everyone to support the book drive by dropping-off new children’s books, in English or Spanish, at the Children’s Museum (212 West 83rd Street) through February 9, 2018. Watch the segment here.

It is a sad fact that 1 in 4 children in the US don’t learn to read. Literacy is an essential building block for a successful, healthy life, and with LMTIF support,  the 24 Health and Learning Hubs of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan provide important services, including arts, and literacy programs, to children in Head Start programs and homeless shelters across New York City in every borough.  Today, the Children’s Museum kicked off its holiday book drive at the Union Johnson Early Learning Center, the first learning hub for CMOM. Laurie Tisch read stories (in English and Spanish) and gave books to about 40 children ages 3 and 4, and then the children participated in artmaking and music programs. At the end of the book drive, February 9, 2018, children in the learning hubs will each receive a book to take home and read with their families.

10.12.2017

Seventh Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize Winners

On October 12, a ceremony and reception was held in honor of this year’s recipients of the seventh annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. These awards are given to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the New York metropolitan area for distinguished accomplishment in urban public health.  The 2017 recipients are the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center in the Bronx and Diane Arneth, Executive Director of Community Health Action of Staten Island and Chief Community Services Officer of Brightpoint Health.

Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center (MMFYC) serves the primarily nonwhite Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx. When its Teen Council researched the diets of children in the area in recent years, it found that fully half would likely develop diabetes in their lifetimes. Inspired to action by the results, the MMFYC empowered the Teen Council and community at large to create a health initiative to support health choices for individuals and collaboration among community leaders to ensure an environment where healthy options were available. The initiative includes a highly successful food buying club, support of a local farmers market, plus other efforts to increase access to healthy food and make systemic change. By expanding opportunities, developing leadership, and building community, it is the goal of the board, staff, and youth of the Center to change the environment of Crotona without gentrification so its residents can achieve “complete physical, mental and social wellbeing” as defined by the World Health Organization.

Diane Arneth, is the Executive Director of the Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) and Chief Community Services Officer of Brightpoint Health. Arneth has consistently demonstrated her ability to address public health challenges as they emerge. As executive director for CHASI for the past twenty-six years, Arneth has overseen the growth of the organization from its earliest days, when it operated with a budget of only $150,000, to the multi-site, multi-service agency it is today, with a budget of $11.2 million. She has been a passionate and committed advocate for the residents of State Island, 20,000 of whom are served annually by the comprehensive range of services her organization provides, including case management, comprehensive substance use disorder services, emergency food and benefits assistance, HIV, HCV, and diabetes testing and prevention services for 20,000 Staten Islanders annually.

The awards were presented by President Raab, Laurie Tisch, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, and Harold Holzer, the Jonathan F. Fanton Director at Roosevelt House. The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is made possible with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. The Prize is a tribute to Joan H. Tisch in recognition of her humanitarian activism in health care and social services in New York City.

07.19.2017

Philanthropy News Digest: 5 Questions for Laurie Tisch

Philanthropy News Digest: 5 Questions for Laurie Tisch

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is approaching its tenth anniversary, and with this milestone in mind Laurie Tisch spoke with Foundation Center’s Jen Bokoff to reflect on the foundation’s impact and its future. Laurie shared that the NYC Green Cart Initiative was a defining grant for the foundation. The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund funded this public/private partnership with a $1.5 million grant in 2008 to bring fresh produce to underserved New York City neighborhoods. It also served as a catalyst for starting the Healthy Food & Community Change initiative to support innovative strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices in high-need neighborhoods. The Illumination Fund is now expanding its arts funding. But this is all within the foundation’s mission because as Laurie says her grant making philosophy is “It’s about leveling the playing field. It’s not about a specific program area.”

06.06.2017

Conversation on the Future of Journalism with Andrew Lack and Rebecca Blumenstein

On June 6th, Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson sat down with Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, and Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times to discuss the future of journalism in a difficult financial and political climate. Both Andrew and Rebecca  noted that media coverage has changed since the election and consumers are beginning to realize that they may need to pay for truthful and factual news. With both organizations thriving under media scrutiny, the New York Times added 300,000 new subscribers in the first quarter; and in the fourth quarter of last year added more than the entire 2012 and 2013 combined.

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Watch the full conversation here.

03.24.2017

In Search of Israeli Cuisine Opening Weekend

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is excited to announce the New York theatrical opening of In Search of Israeli Cuisine on March 24th at Lincoln Plaza Cinema and Angelika Film Center. The film has already been shown at more than 100 festivals and special screenings around the world.

Filmmaker Roger Sherman explores the vibrant and up-and-coming culinary scene in Israel with chef/guide, Michael Solomonov of Zahav Restaurant in Philadelphia. Throughout the film, Sherman discovers the surprisingly diverse and beautiful food traditions of Israeli people—Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian, and Russian—Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Christian, Druze.

Roger is a founder of Florentine Films; his films have won a James Beard Award, an Emmy, a Peabody, and two Academy Award nominations.

The Laurie M. Illumination Fund funded the film to support constructive expression, cultural exploration and communication.

Showtimes

Opens Friday, March 24
New York City – Lincoln Plaza Cinema
New York City – Angelika Film Center

Opens Friday, March 31
Los Angeles – Laemmle’s Royal
Encino – Laemmle’s Town Center 5
Irvine, CA – Edwards Westpark 8
San Francisco – Opera Plaza Cinema
Berkeley – Shattuck Cinemas
Philadelphia – Landmark Ritz Five

Opens Friday, April 7
Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre
Highland Park, IL  Renaissance Place
Minneapolis – Edina Cinema
St. Louis, MO – Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Malverne, NY – Malverne Cinema
Maplewood, NJ – Maplewood Theatre
Kew Gardens, NY – Kew Gardens

Opens Friday, April 21
San Diego – Ken Cinema
Washington, DC – Bethesda Row Cinema
Cambridge – Kendall Square Cinema
Boston – West Newton Cinema
Atlanta – Midtown Cinema

Opens Friday, April 23
Jenkinton, PA – Hiway Theater

Opens Friday, May 12
Denver – Landmark Theatres

01.14.2017

Grantees NEBHDCo and Green City Force Featured on an Episode of NBC’s Give

Did you ever think you’d see a TV reality show about philanthropy and nonprofits?

Well, now there is one!  It’s called Give, and we and two of our grantees were featured on January 14.

Give is part of the NBC network’s new programming block “The More You Know.”  Give highlights the world of philanthropy by featuring the stories of high-impact nonprofit organizations around the country.  Blair Underwood is the Executive Producer, and his co-host is Jenna Bush Hager.

In each episode, a celebrity ambassador visits two nonprofits that use innovation, best practices and dedication for change in their communities and the world.  Give’s producers invited the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to nominate two organizations that share our mission – to increase access and opportunity for all New Yorkers.

Jenna visited Brooklyn to meet NEBHDCo at its Golden Harvest Client-Choice Food Pantry in Bed-Stuy and Green City Force’s Urban Farm Corps at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) farm in Canarsie. Laurie Tisch joined Jenna, Blair and consultant Joan Garry to discuss Jenna’s site visits.

These organizations work to increase access to healthy food and economic opportunity in New York City’s economically challenged neighborhoods.  We’re thrilled that they received this recognition.

• NEBHDCo is one of five neighborhood-based community development corporations (CDC’s) that were convened by LISC NYC to create Communities for Healthy Food (CfHF).  LISC NYC’s Communities for Healthy Food is a place-based initiative that integrates access to healthy and affordable food into every aspect of the CDC’s comprehensive community development work.  The Give episode showcases NEBHDCo’s TurnUp Program, a component of its Growing Youth Power Project – a year-round holistic food justice project for youth ages 13 – 18.

• Green City Force is a nationally recognized Brooklyn-based organization that recruits 18-24 year old NYCHA housing residents for rigorous workforce training and AmeriCorps service positions leading to jobs in the sustainability sector.  Their flagship programs are the Clean Energy Corps and the Urban Farm Corps.  In 2016, Urban Farm Corps members built three new farms as a part of NYCHA’s Urban Agriculture Initiative and the City’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, led by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships with the Fund for Public Health.  The Urban Farm Corps engages NYCHA residents and community members and encourages healthy eating through nutrition education, hands-on activities, and community-wide events.

Watch the full episode here.

12.08.2016

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Receives Preston Robert Tisch 2016 Award in Civic Leadership

On December 8th, Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, received the Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership for her distinguished career of judicial service. As the first Latina justice, Sotomayor explained how her upbringing in the South Bronx and her Puerto Rican identity, as well as her experiences as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, informed her concern for the rights of defendants and impassioned dissents supporting equality. During these divisive times, she encouraged the audience to see these challenging events as an opportunity “to get up and figure out what we have to do right, to get up and work harder at the things we believe are right, and to get up and go out and challenge the things we think are wrong.”

The event took place at the MoMA and was moderated by Walter Isaacson. The program is an annual Aspen Institute Award in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Watch the program here.

The Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership presented to Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The Aspen Institute. Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30pm, Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano
The Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership presented to Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The Aspen Institute. Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30pm, Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

10.05.2016

Sixth Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize Winners

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Hunter College are pleased to award this year’s Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize to three recipients—two nonprofit organizations and an individual—for outstanding accomplishments in the field of urban public health. The recipients were formally recognized on October 5th at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in a ceremony hosted by Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.

This year’s recipients are:

Bloomingdale Aging in Place (BAiP) serves Manhattan’s Upper West Side from 96th and 110th Streets and from Riverside Drive to Central Park West. Its mission is to help older adults lead vital, safe, connected, and comfortable lives in their home communities as their needs evolve. An all-volunteer, intergenerational network of neighbors, BAiP builds community by organizing social activities, sharing information, providing supplemental nourishment and extending a helping hand to aging neighbors who continue to live at home.

The Bronx Transitions Clinic (BTC) is a collaboration between Montefiore Medical Center and the Osborne Association to address the health disparities at the nexus of criminal justice and community health for a marginalized population at a particularly vulnerable time. BTC‘s innovative model for primary care serves individuals recently released from incarceration, connecting them with high-quality medical care; and community care workers drawn from the formerly incarcerated to manage and navigate care for its patients.

Thelma Dye, Ph.D., Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director and CEO at Northside Center for Child Development has over 22 years served as the Director of the Clinic, Director of Research and Training and Chief Psychologist for the Center. Under Dr. Dye’s leadership, Northside has quadrupled its budget, and now serves more than 3,600 underserved children with mental health needs. Her recognition of the need to holistically treat the whole child led her to establish Clinics in Schools to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to those in need and support to school personnel.

The awards were presented by President Raab, Laurie Tisch, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, and Harold Holzer, the Jonathan F. Fanton Director at Roosevelt House. The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is made possible with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. The Prize is a tribute to Joan H. Tisch in recognition of her humanitarian activism in health care and social services in New York City.

 

08.17.2016

1,000 Voices Energize Lincoln Center Plaza

On August 13th, Lincoln Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival by pulling out all the stops—or in this case singers—to present the world premiere of the public domain, a bold and exciting participatory contemporary choral work of 1,000 NYC-based professional and amateur singers composed by David Lang (Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner) and conducted by Simon Halsey, Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.   The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination was the core supporter of the public domain.  Watch  Our Power: The Making of ‘the public domain’ to hear the story of this unique project.

Despite the sweltering heat and humidity, 2,000 audience members arrived at Lincoln Center to hear and watch the 1,000 voices descend the plaza and deliver a monumental performance.

the public domain is about building a large community around the things that people share. We live in a very fragmented world. We go to different kinds of entertainments, we watch different kinds of programs on our various different devices, we have different political opinions. And there are things that are encouraging us to identify ourselves in such a way that we push other people away. I wondered what it would be like to build a piece out of the things that we all agree on, that could bring us together to forget those other things that tear us apart.

– David Lang

True to its title, “the public domain” was an inspiring outdoor musical event; it also proved an intricate, rich musical composition….This demonstration of commonality could not have come at a better time, given the fractious, divisive national election. It was a great day to be a New Yorker.

– New York Times

For more coverage, visit:

Wall Street JournalArtists and Audience Blend as 1,000 Voices Sing
New York Times1,000 Singers Trying to Find B Flat
New York Times review: ‘The public domain’ Beats the Heat and Humidity

05.05.2016

David Miliband Reflects on the Refugee Crisis

Worldwide, 1 in 120 people are fleeing conflict at the moment, 20 million of them are refugees, 40 million of them are internally displaced. This global refugee crisis in an intractable issue that many state leaders and United Nation agencies are attempting to address through resettlement and short-term humanitarian aid, but this is not enough. Many experts, including David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), say governments have to do more.

As former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and current President and CEO of IRC, Miliband brought a dual perspective of both government and NGO leadership and experience on the refugee crisis and insight on long-term solutions to the Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders in honor of Preston Robert Tisch on Thursday, May 5th. Joined by Michael Doyle, Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor of Columbia University, the two discussed the magnitude of this massive humanitarian crisis and the inconvenience of having middle-income countries in Africa and the Middle East to host the majority of refugees. Miliband put forward three solutions to tackle this global issue:

1. Refugee resettlement should occur in wealthier countries like the United States and United Kingdom, but keeping in mind that this will not be a majority part of the solution
2. Integration of refugees into the local economy is key
3. The humanitarian aid system has to become much less divorced from the development system

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

02.24.2016

Laurie Tisch to be Honored with United Way NYC’s Award, The Power of Women to Make a Difference

Laurie Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, will be one of four honorees at this year’s United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council Award Luncheon. The Women’s Leadership Council’s annual luncheon honors the achievements of outstanding women leaders whose professional accomplishments are matched by their commitment to giving back to their community. This year’s event marks 10 years of impact made by exceptional women.

The event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, March 9. Other honorees include: Monique L. Nelseon, CEO and Chairman of UniWorld Group, Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer of Macy’s, and Jennifer Warren, Managing Director & Head, U.S. Region, of CIBC.

For more information on the luncheon, please click here.

02.19.2016

New Films Offer Unique Perspectives on Israel

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

In Search of Israeli Cuisine, directed by Roger Sherman, explores the vibrant and up-and-coming culinary scene in Israel, a country not typically known for its world-renowned cuisine. Throughout the film, Sherman discovers the surprisingly diverse and beautiful food traditions of Israeli people—Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian, and Russian—Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Christian.

The film is being currently being screened at local film festivals, and will be released in theaters this summer. To view a list of screenings in your area, please click here.

Colliding Dreams

From award winning filmmakers Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky, Colliding Dreams delves into the intractable question of Zionism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Through interviews with Jews and Palestinians currently living in the Middle East, the film explores the history, thoughts, emotions, and ideas of the Jewish state, past and present.  Early reviews call is “Honest, searching, affectionate, respectful, critical” and “beautifully crafted; balanced incredibly informative.”

The film will premiere on March 4 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City. For more information, please click here.

Both films are funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to support constructive expression, cultural exploration and communication.

01.28.2016

First Cohort of Green City Force/NYCHA Urban Farm Fellows Graduates

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund congratulates Green City Force’s 10th Cohort – Urban Farm Corps for successfully completing their ten-month service on the Red Hook Farms. The Urban Corps members were officially recognized at a graduation ceremony held on Thursday, January 28th, at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, located in the Pfizer building.

In attendance were NYCHA board members, Margarett Jolly, Director of Research & Development at Con Edison and Green City Force board member, and Dan Wiley, Community Coordinator for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who presented the graduates with Congressional Service Awards. Speakers at the ceremony included Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Director of NYCHA’s Office of Public and Private Partnerships, David Buckel, Master Composter at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Rick Luftglass, Executive Director at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

The program closed with remarks from Urban Farm Corps Member, Kevin Gonzalez, who was chosen as the graduation speaker for his team. Kevin touched on his background prior to Green City Force and the experiences and skills he acquired during his service term. He commended his fellow corps members on their team work while serving their community:

“A group of working young adults came together, a diffusion of cultures: West Indies, Puerto Rican, Panamanian and more, to an understanding of each other’s community and development. Us Harlem and Bronx guys went to the furthest parts of Brooklyn and Queens, and for what you may ask? To serve a community, not perform a menial task. We created the foundation on which public housing residents can cultivate and tend to the land for fresh and healthy alternatives. We went from apartment to apartment in these developments, informed and supplied residents with the means to more sustainable practices. We made a difference by serving our people!”

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is a core supporter of the city’s Building Healthy Communities initiative and NYCHA’s Urban Agriculture initiative.

 

01.26.2016

Hunter College Seeks Nominations for 6th Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize: 4/4 Deadline

Do you know an individual or organization doing outstanding public health work in the NYC region? Please nominate them!

Hunter College is seeking nominations for the 6th annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This $10,000 award for distinguished accomplishment in urban public health will be presented to one individual and one nonprofit organization in spring 2016.  Submission of candidates will be accepted until April 4, 2016.

The selection committee includes prominent health policy experts drawn from Hunter faculty and the broader public health community. Nomination guidelines and forms as well as additional information can be found on Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute website.

Successful candidates will have pioneered creative approaches to tackle significant public health challenges and made valuable contributions to the health of New Yorkers. They will join a respected group of former recipients selected based on achievement, innovation and impact.  Past Joan H. Tisch Prize winners have included Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, LegalHealth, Union Settlement Association, Ann-Marie Louison of CASES, Sandra Hagan of The Child Center of NY, Robert Cordero of CitiWide Harm Reduction, Mark Hannay of Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

The Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, a major, multidisciplinary initiative at Hunter College that addresses urban public health issues – from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes to health disparities due to economic and environmental factors. The Project is funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in honor of Laurie’s mother, Joan.

 

12.08.2015

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Receives Preston Robert Tisch 2015 Award in Civic Leadership

On December 8th, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, received the Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership for his positive impact on the philanthropy community. Walker, a longtime foundation professional with extensive nonprofit experience, has been a tireless champion of urban renewal, first at Abyssinian Development Corporation, revitalizing Harlem; then at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading a post-Katrina recovery program in the south; and now at the Ford Foundation, leading a group of foundation leaders to invest in Detroit’s Grand Bargain.

Walker spoke at the award ceremony with Walter Isaacson, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Their conversation touched upon one the most pressing issues affecting the nation, the region, and our city: inequality. Under Walker’s leadership, Ford announced that they would invest $1 billion over five years toward social justice organizations that reduce inequality. Isaacson commended this vision, noting that this would make great ripple effects. Walker explained,

“Our deciding factor to focus on inequality is in some ways a result of our focus on our mission and vision. The job of a leader in part is to craft a vision that people are motivated by and people find coherent. The vision of the Ford Foundation is a more just and fair and peaceful world. I believe that greatest threat to that vision is inequality.”

The event took place at the MoMA, and is an annual Aspen Institute Award in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

The Aspen Institute Leadership Series Preston Robert Tisch Award In Civic Leadership. Darren Walkerin conversation with Walter Isaacson. MoMa and the Vault Room at the St. Rgis Hotel. Tuesday December 8, 2015. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano
The Aspen Institute Leadership Series Preston Robert Tisch Award In Civic Leadership. Darren Walkerin conversation with Walter Isaacson. MoMa and the Vault Room at the St. Rgis Hotel. Tuesday December 8, 2015. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

09.10.2015

Nicholas Kristof featured in Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders

Nicholas Kristof is a tireless champion of human rights having risked his life numerous times to write about the world’s atrocities at The New York Times since November 2001. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, first having won in 1991 with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Times journalist, for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement; and second in 2006 for his coverage on the genocide in Darfur. In addition, he and DuWunn have written four best-selling books.

On September 10th, Kristof joined Hari Sreenivasan, anchor of PBS NewsHour, in a conversation to discuss his and WuDunn’s most recent book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity for the Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders in honor of Preston Robert Tisch. Kristof emphasized that impact doesn’t always come from solving big problems, but from making a marginal difference for individuals. He also discussed reforming the way we give and the way we think about giving by highlighting the importance of researching a charitable organization and also thinking about volunteering and advocating as alternate ways of supporting a cause.

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

 

07.28.2015

Pitkin Verde Farmers Market Grand Opening

Understanding the residents need for healthy fruits and vegetables, the Illumination Fund teamed up with the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center to open a new farmers market in Cypress Hills. The Pitkin Verde Farmers Market launched on July 28, 2015 at HHC East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center complete with cooking demonstrations, face painting, and African drum and dance performances by Young Audiences.

All of the partners spoke at the event, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams providing the closing remarks.

The farmers market will be open every Tuesday through November 24, from 9 AM to 5 PM at HHC East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center. The market accepts various payment options such as SNAP, Health Bucks, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and Women, Infants and Children coupons.

 

07.21.2015

AIM: 35 Years

On July 21st, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund held an opening reception for its current office gallery exhibit AIM: 35 Years curated by the Bronx Museum. The exhibit brings together a selection of artworks by AIM alums. The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, now in its 35th year, provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists residing in the New York metropolitan area. The program consists of a 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns, and cultivates networking opportunities. Every two years, AIM introduces the work of 72 artists to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue. Participating artists are encouraged to build their networks through the program’s collaborative structure.

At the opening, Holly Block, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts spoke of the museum’s mission to reflect the borough’s dynamic communities, and provide a crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet. Many of the AIM alums were in attendance among them was Thomas Bangsted. An AIM alum featured in the exhibit, he shared that the AIM program was a pivotal experience in his career and provided him with vital tools and knowledge.

In conjunction with AIM: 35 Years the Bronx Museum is exhibiting at its location, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial. It is curated by Bronx-based artists Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial features the work of seventy-two emerging artists engaged in the AIM Program (classes of 2014 and 2015). This exhibit will be at the Bronx Museum until September 20, 2015.

 

06.17.2015

Marcus Samuelsson featured in Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders

With multiple restaurants around the world, bestselling cookbooks and a memoir, and as the youngest chef to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, Marcus Samuelsson is a leader in the culinary world. His rise from an apprentice in Switzerland and France to becoming executive chef of Aquavit at the age of 24 and now owner of Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie is a reflection of his hard work, leadership, and innovative vision. On June 17, Marcus took time out of his busy schedule to converse with Corby Kummer, senior editor and food writer at The Atlantic, for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. Samuelsson discussed his aspirations of opening his own restaurant as a young apprentice in Europe, and how the events of 9/11 encouraged him to become an entrepreneur and open his first restaurant in Harlem.

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Marcus Samuelsson, chef, restaurateur and author In conversation with Corby Kummer, food writer, The Atlantic. Roosevelt House, NYC. Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

 

06.16.2015

Joan Tisch Community Health Prize Ceremony Winners

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the fifth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, an award that honors not-for-profit organizations and individuals for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health. The recipients were honored on June 9th at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in an event hosted by Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.

This year’s award recipients are:

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, which works to eliminate health inequities, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved in New York City, with a focus on Asian Americans. Its Comprehensive Hepatitis B Program is widely recognized as a national model of outreach, prevention, and care that addresses major health disparities for the Asian American community—chronic Hepatitis B infection and associated liver disease. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up less than 5% of the total United States population, but account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic Hepatitis B.

Ann-Marie Louison, Co-Director of Adult Behavioral Health at CASES, which works to increase public safety through innovative services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and create opportunities for success in the community. Ms. Louison is a New York City leader working at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. She co-founded the Nathaniel Project, the first alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan Supreme Court for adults with severe mental illness convicted of felony offenses. Ms. Louison has developed and implemented innovative and effective interventions for a high-risk population that addresses both public health and public safety.

The awards were presented by President Raab, Laurie Tisch, and Tom Farley, former NYC Commissioner of Health and current Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College. The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is made possible with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Prize is a tribute to Joan H. Tisch in recognition of her humanitarian activism in health care and social services in New York City.

 

04.22.2015

No Longer Empty Exhibition at Old Bronx Borough Courthouse

From April 23 to July 19, No Longer Empty will welcome the public to the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse for the exhibit When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out.  The historic Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, which has been closed for 37 years, serves as the exhibition’s both site and theme.  The exhibition will occupy three floors and include the works of 26 artists.  In collaboration with community partners, No Longer Empty will host cultural events and educational programs throughout the course of the exhibition.

The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse was built 1905–1914 by architects Michael John Garvin and Oscar Florianus Bluemner.  The Courthouse once boasting granite floors, lavish stairways, and bronze doors, remains adorned by a statue of Lady Justice.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bronx County, the Beaux Arts-style building was abandoned and sealed in 1977.

Naomi Hersson Ringskig, Executive Director at No Longer Empty, shared that “Our goal in this project is to increase access to the arts and to reopen this beautiful building.”  Prior site-specific exhibitions by No Longer Empty have included If You Build It (in Broadway Housing Communities’ new affordable housing building in Sugar Hill, Harlem), How Much Do I Owe You? (in the Clock Tower in Long Island City, Queens), and This Side of Paradise (at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx).  The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund hosted A Glimpse of This Side of Paradise, a sampling of the works from the exhibition, at the Fund’s office gallery.

To activate the empty space and directly involve the community members, NLE will host public programs and activities. Approximately 20 events will include: No Longer Bored Family Day: Urban Gardening Workshop (Saturday, April 25, 1–4pm); BX200 Virtual Artist Studios (Sunday, April 26, 3–5pm and Friday, June 12, 6–8pm); Teens Curate Teens exhibition opening and teen day (Saturday, May 16, 1–7pm); Bronx Fashion Week (Saturday, May 9); and conceptual walks with Elastic City (Friday, May 29, 1pm and Saturday, May 30, 1pm and 5pm).  Additional event and programming dates to be announced will include a New York Public Library Community Oral History Project, an evening of dance and performance with Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, walking tours by Ed García Conde, Founder and Editor of Welcome2TheBronx, a prospective tenant party hosted in partnership with SoBRO, and more.

Click here for more information on the exhibit, details on exhibiting artists and the calendar of events.

On View | April 23 – July 19, 2015: Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm
Location | Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, 878 Brook Ave (at E 161 St & Third Ave)

 

03.18.2015

Judith Rodin featured in Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders

On March 18th, the Aspen Institute’s members, friends, and staff welcomed Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, to the year’s first event of Conversations with Great Leaders in Honor of Preston Robert Tisch. Judith joined Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson in a conversation to discuss her innovative work around the resilience dividend framework, highlighting that building capacity not only allows communities to recover quickly, but also yields job creation, economic benefits, ecosystem protection, and greater community cohesion. Rodin gave examples of how communities, businesses, and cities have developed resilience in the face of shock, stress, and catastrophic challenges.

• Toyota and its recovery after the Fukushima nuclear disaster and tsunami
• Governor Deval Patrick’s leadership during the Boston Marathon bombings
• Medellín, Colombia’s transformation from the drug and murder capital of the world to a thriving, international city

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Watch the full conversation here.

The Aspen Institute Conversations with Great Leaders: Judith Rodin. March 18, 2015. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

02.12.2015

Tang Teaching Museum Receives Grant from Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund hosted a reception at its office for Skidmore College’s Frances Young Tang Museum and Art Gallery’s mini-retrospective of I was a double. The original show closed in January at the Tang and was curated by the museum’s Dayton Director Ian Berry and composer David Lang. In conjunction with the showcase, the Illumination Fund announced a $1 million one-to-one matching grant to endow the position of Assistant Director for Engagement and to support the creation of engagement programs at the museum. Read more about the grant and showcase here.

02.03.2015

An Evening Celebrating Cardozo Public Interest Alumni

Current recipients of the Laurie M. Tisch Loan Repayment Assistance Program at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law were invited for a reception at the Illumination Fund’s office on February 3, 2015. The program benefits Cardozo graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in public service by providing “forgivable loans” to assist them in overcoming their education debt. Several recipients in attendance conveyed to the room that the program helped mitigate the stress of loans and instead redirected their focus on defending New Yorkers with limited resources. One particular Cardozo graduate, Amy Cross, wrote a thank you letter to Laurie describing the program’s impact on her work at the Legal Aid Society:

“It’s thanks to your generosity that I have been able to defend over 600 New Yorkers in their criminal cases, who otherwise would not have been able to afford counsel. Many of my clients have mental disabilities, many are still in high school, many have suffered severe beating by the police, many cannot afford bail, none of them are there by choice and all of them are deserving of top quality legal representation.  It’s thanks to loan repayment assistance that I am able to do this work that I love and provide a much-needed service. In 2014 I was able to help a gentleman wrongly-accused of driving while intoxicated achieve a full acquittal by a jury; last month I resolved a case for a man who had been coming back and forth to court for five years to fight the charges against him. Several times a month I help people get out of jail at arraignments and avoid bail amounts that are almost always beyond my clients’ means. I work in a system where the odds are almost insurmountable for poor people of color, and where public defenders are notoriously overworked and underpaid. But thanks to your financial support I am able to work towards challenging it, to learn invaluable trial and negotiation skills, and to do service on a daily basis.”

CSL Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund Event

 

11.14.2014

Hunter College Seeks Nominations for 5th Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize:1/23 Deadline

Do you know an individual or organization doing outstanding public health work in the NYC region? Please nominate them!

Hunter College is seeking nominations for the 5th annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This $10,000 award for distinguished accomplishment in urban public health will be presented to one individual and one nonprofit organization in spring 2015.  Submission of candidates will be accepted until January 23, 2015.

The selection committee includes prominent health policy experts drawn from Hunter faculty and the broader public health community. Nomination guidelines and forms as well as additional information can be found on Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute website.

Successful candidates will have pioneered creative approaches to tackle significant public health challenges and made valuable contributions to the health of New Yorkers. They will join a respected group of former recipients selected based on achievement, innovation and impact.  Past Joan H. Tisch Prize winners have included Sandra Hagan of The Child Center of NY, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, LegalHealth, Union Settlement Association, Robert Cordero of CitiWide Harm Reduction, Mark Hannay of Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

The Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, a major, multidisciplinary initiative at Hunter College that addresses urban public health issues – from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes to health disparities due to economic and environmental factors. The Project is funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in honor of Laurie’s mother, Joan.

 

09.15.2014

Nationwide Screenings of Underwater Dreams

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.

The Illumination Fund was one of the major supporters of Underwater Dreams, and Executive Producers included Laurie Tisch, Jackie and Mike Bezos, Jeb Bush, Jr. and Michael Peña.

The film is getting rave reviews, and now you have opportunities to see it.  Upcoming screenings include Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Denver.  Learn more about the film here, and for the full schedule of screenings as well as online opportunities visit the Underwater Dreams website here.

“inspiring and insightful”
– Los Angeles Times

“modest yet meaningful”
– New York Times

“The awards-worthy ‘Underwater Dreams’ is by turns rousing and heartbreaking, and organically touches on important social issues.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

“The year is just half over, but already a contender for best documentary of 2014 is looming with Mary Mazzio’s Underwater Dreams. What starts out as a high-school competition study—compelling enough on its own, as so many of these like-themed films are—pulls a breathtaking fast one in its second half, expanding its basic inspirational theme to embrace an even larger message, with an organic efficacy that is nothing short of astonishing.”
– Film Journal International

“a seemingly modest human interest film that may be the most politically significant documentary since Waiting for Superman.”
– Jonathan Alter, The Daily Beast

“Underwater Dreams” is that rare film that keeps your total attention for its entire duration and also encourages you and inspires you to want to do better with your life.   What I loved about this movie, was that it didn’t just concentrate on the competition win but also the young men’s backgrounds and the impossible obstacles they and their families had to overcome just to survive.  As you become more aware of the good people they are and their future goals and achievements, it makes you care about their plight even more. “Underwater Dreams” introduced me to a group of people who achieved the impossible by beating any and all odds to come out on top. Now THAT is the American dream.”
– Red Carpet Crash

 

06.13.2014

SIPA study says NYC Green Carts Expand Access to Fresh Produce in Low-Income Neighborhoods

A major study of the New York City Green Cart Initiative undertaken by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concluded that the Green Carts initiative has been reaching key goals in improving access to healthy foods in targeted neighborhoods. The Illumination Fund commissioned SIPA as an independent evaluator to assess the economic viability of Greens Carts as small businesses and consider the role of philanthropy in promoting and supporting innovative public policy. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Ester P. Fuchs, a professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia SIPA and Sarah Holloway, a lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia SIPA.

To discuss the report’s findings, a panel was convened on June 11 at the New York Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space which included Cathy Nonas, Senior Advisor for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the New York City Department of Health, Sean Basinski, Founder and Director of the Street Vendor Project, Nancy Biberman, Founder and President of Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo), Rick Luftglass, Executive Director for the Illumination Fund, and Ester Fuchs who moderated the event. The panelists discussed study findings, background of public-private partnerships, and opportunities for growth and scale. Read about the findings here and obtain a pdf of the study here.

 

05.30.2014

Joan Tisch Community Prize Ceremony

Recipients of the fourth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize were formally recognized at a ceremony on May 29th hosted by Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. This year’s recipients are Sandra Hagan, former executive director and current senior advisor at The Child Center of NYin Queens; and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Chelsea. Sandra Hagen was executive director for nearly 28 years, expanding the organization’s scope from strictly outpatient children’s mental health to a continuum of services, increasing the number of families served each year from 850 to 18,000, and increasing the budget from $3 million to $36 million. Callen-Lorde Community Health Center has been providing quality, sensitive medical and related services to LGBT New Yorkers, regardless of ability to pay; 41% have incomes at or below the federal poverty level, 36% are uninsured and 8% are homeless or unstably housed. The prize recipients were selected from dozens of nominations submitted by leaders in the public health field.

The awards were presented by President Raab, Laurie Tisch, Roosevelt House Interim Director Jonathan Fanton, and Tom Farley, former NYC Commissioner of Health and current Joan H. Tisch Fellow at Hunter College. Attendees included several previous Health Prize Winners such as Robert Cordero of BOOM!Health, Robina Niaz of Turning Point for Women and Families, David Nocenti of Union Settlement Association, and Randye Retkin of LegalHealth.

 

05.25.2014

A Glimpse into “This Side of Paradise”

On April 23rd, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund office was buzzing with anticipation and excitement for the launch of No Longer Empty’s mini-retrospective of This Side of Paradise. The original exhibit was first introduced in 2012 at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx. Situated on the Grand Concourse, the Home was once a symbol of paradise for the formerly wealthy that lived there from the 1920s to the early 1980s. Built to mirror a grand palazzo, the Home provided the accoutrements of a rich and civilized lifestyle for the elderly who had lost their fortunes—white glove dinner service, a grand ballroom, and a social committee who organized concerts and opera performances. Fast forward to present-day Bronx, the Home was mostly shuttered due to a depleted endowment. Referencing this quixotic history, No Longer Empty’s mini-retrospective of This Side of Paradise exhibition launched at the Illumination offices on April 23rd.

No Longer Empty, a non-profit organization that presents professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions to promote socially conscious artists and to build resilience in communities through art, engaged more than thirty artists and Bronx-based organizations to “reactivate” the building. Now the Andrew Freedman Home houses artists’ studios, a Head Start program, job training, and even a bed and breakfast.

 

03.27.2014

Frederic Brenner’s “This Place” Launches Digital Initiative

Complex, diverse, captivating. These are words that come to mind when viewing the photographic collection that has resulted from This Place, a project exploring Israel through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers. Convened by photographer Frederic Brenner, each artist was awarded a residence in Israel and, while there, created a major new body of work. Initially called Israel: A Work in Progress, the project sparks a new conversation about Israel and the West Bank as place and metaphor. The photographers’ highly individualized works combine to create not a single, monolithic vision, but rather a diverse and fragmented portrait, alive to all the rifts and paradoxes of this important and much contested space. Brenner’s project includes a traveling exhibition, digital initiatives, publications, and educational partnerships. The Illumination Fund was one of the project’s first supporters for the residency phase and is currently funding plans for the educational partnerships and New York exhibition. The Illumination Fund is proud to announce the launch of the project’s website: www.this-place.org. We hope that this digital initiative pushes new conversation and narrative about Israel, art, and ourselves—as individuals, communities, and global citizens.

 

Aspen Institute Leadership Series: Tom Coughlin and Bruce Beck

27With two Super Bowl wins to his credit, New York Football Giants head coach Tom Coughlin knows a thing or two about leadership. On March 18, 2014, Coughlin joined Bruce Beck, the sports anchor for NBC 4 New York, for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. Tom and Bruce discussed a play-by-play account of the milestones leading up to the Giants’ victories in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, emphasizing the importance of teamwork, sacrifice, and balancing family and work life. In addition, Coughlin discussed the value of philanthropy, highlighting the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, which helps families tackle childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional, and practical support. The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

 

03.10.2014

LMTIF Launches LISC NYC’s Communities for Healthy Food NYC

Denise Scott of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Rick Luftglass of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund co-authored “Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food,” an op-ed piece for City Limits. The article announces the implementation of LISC NYC’s Communities for Healthy Food NYCprogram. This new initiative will integrate access to healthy and affordable food into LISC NYC’s comprehensive community development efforts, which include affordable housing, economic development, education, health, community safety and jobs. LISC NYC’s partners will include New Settlement Apartments in Mt. Eden, Bronx; Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn; and West Harlem Group Assistance in Harlem.  To read the full article, click here.

02.04.2014

LMTIF and Grantees Take Part in Super Bowl Festivities

CMOM and the NFL’s You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official Exhibit

Laurie Tisch kicked off Super Bowl festivities on January 9 doing the “Zebra Dance” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). The “Zebra Dance” is one of many activities enjoyed by children at CMOM’s You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official exhibit. This is a multimedia and interactive exhibit that lets children and their families experience the world of NFL officials. View NY1’s coverage of the exhibit.

Boys & Girls Clubs Healthy Teaching Kitchens

On January 29, Laurie Tisch was joined by the New York Giants’ Zak DeOssie for the Wallbreaking Ceremony at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria, Queens. Zak DeOssie is a two-time Super Bowl winner with the NY Giants. His father Steve DeOssie also won a Super Bowl with the NY Giants, making them the only father-son duo to win a Super Bowl with the same team. Watch Fox5’s “Good Day New York” interview with Zak DeOssie and his father in which Zak mentions the event.

The wallbreaking is the start of construction on a healthy teaching kitchen. This is one of three kitchens at Boys & Girls Clubs in Queens and the Bronx being renovated as part of a $250,000 contribution made by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund through the Snowflake Youth Foundation. The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation was created by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee as a philanthropic initiative to leave a significant and lasting legacy for the residents of the NY/NJ Region, host of Super Bowl XLVIII. Read the Wall Street Journal’s coverage on philanthropy and the Super Bowl featuring Laurie Tisch.

Erasmus Hall Educational Campus Gym Renovations to Honor Preston Robert Tisch

Laurie Tisch along with Steve, Jon, Lizzie and Joan Tisch made a $1 million commitment to the Snowflake Youth Foundation. A portion of that gift will be used to finance the renovation of four gyms at Erasmus Hall Educational Campus in Brooklyn. This donation is in honor of her late father, Preston Robert Tisch, who is an alumnus of Erasmus Hall Educational Campus.

 

01.27.2014

Hunter Appoints Thomas A. Farley as the 2014 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health

On January 21, Hunter College announced the appointment of Thomas A. Farley, MD, MPH, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as the 2014 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York.  Dr. Farley led the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2009, and was an influential figure behind many of Mayor Michael Bloomberg administration’s health initiatives.  During his year-long fellowship at Hunter, Dr. Farley will lead a faculty seminar, work with both undergraduates and graduate students and continue his work in public health policy.  He also plans to work with Hunter’s College’s Food Policy Center.

The Fellowship, funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, is part of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project at Hunter College.  Past Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellows in Public Health were Richard Jackson, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health at UCLA, author of Making Healthy Places and host of the public television series Designing Healthy Communities; Sue Atkinson, the first Director of Public Health for London and Health Advisor to the Mayor; American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin; and John McDonough, Chief Advisor on health care reform to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

For further information, read Hunter College’s announcement and Crain’s coverage.

 

11.26.2013

LMTIF in the News with City Harvest, Teachers College and CMOM

LMTIF’s programs and strategies recently received coverage in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Crain’s and other media.

• According to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest report, obesity rates for low-income preschoolers dropped in 19 of the 43 states examined, including New York.  But as Laurie M. Tisch outlined in her latest editorial for the Huffington Post, “Affording a Healthier Future,” now that we are making gains, we have to hone in on what works and redouble our efforts—especially via successful, public-private partnerships.

• Working closely with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), LMTIF joined an impressive roster of partners for CMOM’s national launch of the EatPlayGrow™ Early Childhood Health Curriculum in New York City on November 8, including Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass, New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea.  The full curriculum (which can be downloaded here) represents the first of its kind to be approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC), combining the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM’s holistic arts and literacy-based pedagogy to engage young children with creative programs and consistent health messages. More information can be found in The New York Times’ coverage, here.

• The following morning on November 9, LMTIF’s Rick Luftglass helped officially mark another milestone at the grand opening of City Harvest’s second Mobile Market in the South Bronx (as seen in NY1NY1 Noticias and the Bronx Free Press). In collaboration with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Mobile Market aims to increase access to affordable, healthy food in this high-need community by putting fresh produce directly into the hands of hungry New Yorkers who need it most.

• Teachers College at Columbia University honored Laurie M. Tisch as a philanthropic leader and visionary at its 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on November 12. Recognized for her philanthropy and leadership in education, health, the arts and nutrition, Laurie joined four other honorees to celebrate the occasion, including Susan Benedetto ’98 and Tony Bennett, for their contributions to arts education through their nonprofit, Exploring the Arts; James P. Comer, M.D., for his work in psychosocial development as a key factor in children’s educational success; and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, for support for and investment in education in Harlem.

Teachers College (TC) also announced a $300 million fundraising campaign to invest in the future of the school. In Crain’s New York Business, Suzanne Murphy, TC’s vice president of development and external affairs for the college, explained “We want to continue to support our faculty, our students and work in our neighborhoods.”  Putting the campaign in the context of TC’s 125-year “Legacy of Firsts” – the nation’s first programs in nursing education, nutrition education, special education, educational psychology, and comparative and international education – Ms. Murphy said “We want to build on our rich history.”  Coverage of the event and campaign included the Illumination Fund’s $10 million campaign gift and the newly-established Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy.

11.19.2013

1/24 Deadline: Hunter College Seeks Nominations for 4th Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize

The annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize at Hunter College recognizes one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishment in the field of urban public health. Each recipient receives a $10,000 award.  The deadline for nominating a prize candidate is January 24, 2014.

The Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, a major, multidisciplinary initiative at Hunter College that addresses urban public health issues – from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes to health disparities due to economic and environmental factors. The Project has been funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Steve Tisch Family Foundation and the Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch Foundation.

Past Joan H. Tisch Prize winners have included Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, LegalHealth, Union Settlement Association, Robert Cordero of CitiWide Harm Reduction, Mark Hannay of Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.  Read about the recipients.

Nomination guidelines and instructions can be viewed on Hunter’s Roosevelt House website.

 

10.16.2013

Laurie M. Tisch Featured in the New York Times

Laurie M. Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, was featured in the New York Times article “These Donors Will Take Anything but Manhattan” by Robin Pogrebin. The article highlighted donors that have made it a priority to support art and cultural institutions in other boroughs. Ms. Pogrebin highlighted the impact of their contributions on smaller and more local organizations. Among gifts mentioned were the Illumination Fund’s support to underwrite the Bronx Museum’s installation at the Venice Biennale this year and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 150th anniversary programming in 2012. To read the full article, click here.

 

10.11.2013

Rick Luftglass Featured On Heritage Radio Network

Rick Luftglass, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, recently participated in two radio shows on the Heritage Radio Network to discuss timely issues in New York City and the role of philanthropy.

On September 24, Rick was a guest on HRN Community Sessions, along with a Trustee of an NYC-based family foundation and Karen Karp of Karp Resources, which is partnering with Heritage Radio to focus on small food business recovery efforts in the Rockaway community post-Sandy.   The episode, hosted by Erin Fairbanks, centered on the role of philanthropy in assessing needs in a post-disaster setting and providing appropriate support. To listen to the entire show, click here.

Rick was also a guest on the September 26th episode of Everything’s on the Table: What’s the Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC?, a series organized by Food Systems Network NYC to examine food policy issues that are important for New York City’s next administration to consider.  The episode, “Hunger in New York City,” focused on hunger and food access.  Hosted by Erin Fairbanks with Kate MacKenzie, Director of Policy and Government Relations at City Harvest and a member of the Leadership Committee of Food Systems Network NYC, the episode also included Jan Poppendieck, Policy Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College and a Professor Emerita in Sociology at Hunter College; Michael Hurwitz, Director of Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC; and Cathy Nonas, Special Advisor at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The participants discussed the current state of hunger in the City, as well as public policies and programs to combat hunger and promote access.  To listen to the entire show, click here.

 

07.30.2013

Illumination Fund Launches Innovative Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program in NYC

On July 23, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund came together with Wholesome Wave to announce the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program(FVRx) pilot in NYC.

Wholesome Wave’s Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) is a nationally-recognized initiative that allows doctors to write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables for at-risk patients redeemable at local farmers markets.  FVRx is being expanded into New York City and introduced to hospitals for the first time at the Harlem Hospital Center and the Lincoln Medical Center. The new, public-private partnership has been made possible by a $250,000 grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.  The New York City expansion is one of the core programs of LMTIF’s Healthy Food and Community Change Initiative, which supports novel strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices.

At the event, held at Lincoln Hospital’s farmers market in the South Bronx, Laurie M. Tisch provided remarks along with an impressive lineup of the “who’s who” in New York City health leadership, including:

  • Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs
  • Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner
  • Dr. Ross Wilson, HHC’s Chief Medical Officer, HHC’s Chief Medical Officer
  • Gus Schumacher, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Policy, Wholesome Wave

Patients and doctors involved with the program were also onsite to provide additional details, speaking with several members of the media. Check out the latest coverage of the innovative pilot, including NPR’s “The Salt”, Associated PressNew York Daily News,  NY1WABC, and CBS New York, among others.

For more information, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/pressroom/press-release-20130724-fruit-vegetable-prescription.shtml.

07.16.2013

Laurie M. Tisch Interview with Oliver Sharpe and Amanda Russell on Aspen 82’s “The Lift”

16During the Aspen Ideas Festival, Laurie M. Tisch sat down for an interview with Oliver Sharpe and Amanda Russell on Aspen 82’s “The Lift.”  They talked about some of the exciting projects the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is involved with, such as the NYC Green Cart Initiative that served as inspiration for the documentary “The Apple Pushers.”  They also discussed LMTIF’s Healthy Food & Community Change and Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which is being rolled out in New York this month.  Watch the video below.

07.08.2013

NYC Green Cart Initiative Highlighted in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Signs of Progress” Report

According to research released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity rates among New York City children appear to be falling.  The City reports a 5.5 percent decline in obesity for grades K-8 between the 2006-07 and 2010-11 school years.

In a series of health policy briefs, RWJF is shining a light on eleven cities that are showing “Signs of Progress.”  RWJF showcased multiple programs in New York, including the NYC Green Cart Initiative, explaining that a multilayered approach can have a greater impact than individual initiatives.  The City’s strategies include:
• requiring group child-care centers to improve nutrition and nutrition education, increase physical activity and limit screen time;
• bringing fresh produce to city neighborhoods with Green Carts;
• offering Health Bucks that enable lower-income families to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets;
• providing architects and urban designers with guidelines for designing buildings, streets and urban spaces that support physical activity;
• requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus; and
• helping teachers incorporate physical activity through the school day with “Move-to-Improve” guidelines.

Read about the national trendsNew York’s progress and LMTIF’s partnership with the City.

06.19.2013

Change by Us NYC Awards Grants to 17 Groups for Community Nutrition Projects

What do the Community Center of Immigrants in Washington Heights, Green Ramadan NYC, Crown Heights/Prospect Heights Food Allies, the 462 Halsey Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, St. Nicholas Miracle Garden in Central Harlem, and the Urban Rebuilding Initiative in Mott Haven in the Bronx have in common?  They’re all neighborhood-based grassroots efforts to promote access to healthy food, and they’re all among seventeen grassroots community groups awarded grants this month through Change by Us NYC.

Change by Us NYC, a program of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, is New York City’s online platform for residents to develop volunteer-driven initiatives in their neighborhoods.  A component of Change by Us is a mini-grants program to support these initiatives.  This year’s round, which was administered by the Citizens Committee for New York City, was designed to support community projects Involving healthy food access and awareness, food security and food system sustainability and infrastructure.

This year’s grant winners represent a diverse range of neighborhoods and approaches to building a healthier city, from community gardens to nutrition workshops.   Read about the projects here.

Announcing this year’s recipients, Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, said “the projects selected this year hold great promise to increase access to healthy food and improve the quality of life in communities throughout the five boroughs.”

But Change by Us is more than a grants program – it’s an innovative community collaboration platform where New Yorkers can create opportunities to meet and work with other individuals and organizations, as well as City agencies, to achieve their goals.   New Yorkers can share ideas, create or join projects, and build volunteer teams with from the neighborhood or across the City.

Visit Change by Us NYC to find out about projects or post your own ideas!

06.09.2013

Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce that three grassroots community health groups in New York City received 3rd Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.   The prize, which was presented June 6th at Roosevelt House, is administered by Hunter College and is awarded to not-for-profit organizations and individuals for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.

The 2013 recipients were:

  • Turning Point for Women and Families
  • Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities
  • Robert Cordero, Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction

Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training.

Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities was launched in 2008 to address the health disparities found among low-income women with physical disabilities in New York City who have been largely excluded from this necessary screening procedure.

Robert Cordero has devoted much of his career to working with people impacted by HIV/AIDS and helping to prevent the spread of the disease. He is Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction in the South Bronx, which works to improve the health, social and economic status of active drug users who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, based at Hunter College and made possible with a five-year grant of over $1 million from her children Steve Tisch, Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. The other components are the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellowship in Public Health and the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum.

 

06.08.2013

New Exhibit: “Am I As Much As Being Seen?” By Whitney Youth Insights Teens and Artist Fred Wilson

7On Monday April 29th, the Illumination Fund welcomed guests for the opening of our exhibit “Am I As Much As Being Seen?” This project features works produced by Whitney’s Youth Insights (YI) Leaders. Over the course of this project, the YI Leaders learned about Wilson’s working methods, ideas, and artistic practice through conversations and studio visits. The teens and Wilson discussed what it means to be a teen in New York City today. Together, they decided to create a photography project that explored what it means to “be seen” and how this impacts them as they begin a new stage of their lives.

Whitney Youth Insights is a free after-school program for New York City high school students. It brings teens together with contemporary artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art inspired by this exchange. To learn more about this program, please visit www.whitney.org.

 

04.29.2013

Film Alert: A Place at the Table

We are quite excited about the new hit Hollywood film on Hunger in America: A Place at the Table. The film features experts including Joel Berg, sociologist Janet Poppendieck, and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. We are supporting film-related NYC-based community outreach and engagement through a grant to the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, who is hosting several screenings coupled with a discussion about the important issues raised in the film.

Intrigued? Join an upcoming screening and discussion!

Thursday, May 9th at 2 p.m. – CUNY School of Public Health, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th St..  Post-screening panel to feature CUNY Professor Emerita Jan Poppendieck & Josh Ankerberg, Director of Child Nutrition Programs, New York City Coalition Against Hunger

Wednesday, May 29th at 6 p.m.– Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st St.), Bronx

Tickets available here.

The film is also be available on iTunes and On Demand, and it got a great write up in Reuters.

You can join the conversation by tweeting, too!

04.10.2013

Illumination Fund’s Hurricane Sandy efforts in the Huffington Post

This month marks the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Check out Laurie’s latest blog post in the Huffington Post here, where she discusses lessons learned from the storm and how the Illumination Fund is helping food-related community organizations in New York recover from the disaster and become better prepared for the future.

04.05.2013

Conference: Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service, April 20, Columbia University

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is spearheading a new long-term, nationwide initiative to redefine the way people think and act about how they volunteer to fight hunger in order to make such efforts more effective in both reducing hunger and building hunger organization capacity, long-term. To do so, NYCCAH has created a toolkit (online and in hard copy), and is launching a national marketing campaign, sponsoring training conferences and media events, as well as providing sustained follow-up technical assistance, using a wide variety of national and grassroots partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, to ensure that both organizations and volunteers have the tools they need to effectively utilize volunteer service.

As part of that effort, NYCCAH will co-sponsor a conference in New York City with Community Impact at Columbia University on April 20th in order to offer technical assistance and training to area nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, senior citizen groups, religious congregations, government agencies, student and youth groups, and concerned individuals on how to implement structured high impact volunteer activities to both build organizational capacity and better meet the long-term food needs of the low-income people they serve.

For information on the conference, visit NYCCAH.

03.20.2013

Provider Finder for Nonprofits Launched by Taproot Foundation

The Taproot Foundation, known for providing pro bono services to nonprofits nationwide by leveraging corporate volunteers, has launched a new program platform. The Pro Bono marketplace’s new interactive tool, accessible on their homepage, allows nonprofits to browse the 120 most common pro bono projects, granting them access to the scope, risks and benefits of each project. Taproot has built a database with more than 300 existing pro bono providers, which works in tandem with LinkedIn, guiding nonprofit leaders to secure existing high quality pro bono resources through their own networks. To learn more, please visit taprootfoundation.org.

03.15.2013

Aspen Institute Leadership Series: Wes Moore and Willie Geist

US Army combat veteran, youth advocate, TV Host, and author Wes Moore joined Willie Geist, the co-host of NBC’s TODAY and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, on March 13 for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. They covered topics including issues with veterans’ reintegration after their service, alarming rates of unemployment and suicide, gaps in receiving benefits through the VA, and funding of nonprofit veterans causes. The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Watch the full video from the event:

Photos by Ayumi Sakamoto. Click to enlarge.

02.22.2013

Bringing Policy to the Table: Event Recap

We thank everyone who participated in our event on February 14 in person and on twitter! Instead of us telling you about it, we thought we’d let attendees tell the story. Please watch our recap video courtesy of NBC and read more, below.

>> The full video of the event is available courtesy of Teachers College here. For a snapshot of the day’s events and what people were saying, keep reading!

02.20.2013

Aspen Institute Leadership Series: General Stanley McChrystal and Walter Isaacson

Former US Army Commander and the author of the book My Share of the Task: A Memoir General Stanley McChrystal joined Walter Isaacson, the President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, on February 11 for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. General McChrystal shared stories from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, ethical dilemmas, his ideas about creating a national civilian service, and perspectives on issues such as military interventions and gun control. The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Photos by Ayumi Sakamoto. Click to enlarge.

02.19.2013

Healthy Food & Community Change Initiative in the News

  • Crain’s New York broke the news of the Illumination Fund’s $15M commitment to healthy food & community change programs. Read Lisa Fickenscher’s article here.
  • The New York Times shared news about the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy’s launch event. Reach Julie Moskin’s post here.
  • The Columbia University Spectator wrote about the $3.5M gift to establish the new graduate school Center. Read Samantha Cooney’s article here.
  • Wholesome Wave, a recipient of Illumination Fund grant money through this initiative, shared their plans for launching their Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program in NYC. Read more here.
  • LISC, a recipient of Illumination Fund grant money through this initiative, wrote about launching their three-year pilot program that uses healthy food to improve the quality of life in low-income communities. Read more here.
  • Philanthropy News Digest and Bentz Whaler Flessner shared the press release, and both Ksenia Skvortsova of Saffron and Honey and Melissa Breyer of Mother Nature Network contributed posts reflecting on the launch event.

To learn more about the Healthy Food & Community Change initiative, please read our press release and visit our grants page.

02.14.2013

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Makes $15M Commitment to Inspire Healthier Communities

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund today is launching its Healthy Food & Community Change initiative with a commitment of $15 million over five years to healthy food initiatives across New York City – making it one of the largest donors addressing these
problems in New York City.

There are vast disparities in diet-related diseases across neighborhoods where residents have few options to buy healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-income residents are most severely affected. The Illumination Fund’s Healthy Food & Community Change initiative will support novel strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices, specifically targeting programs in high-need neighborhoods, creating hubs of activities and community engagement.

“The issues are complex, and there’s no magic bullet,” said Laurie M. Tisch, president of the Illumination Fund. “But there are strategies that have demonstrated progress and promise. We believe that the way to move forward is to empower and engage communities, foster collaboration, and provide the tools to implement change. With our new Healthy Food & Community Change initiative, the Illumination Fund aims to inspire healthier communities.”

Read the complete press release.

Check out our related infographic.

Crain’s broke the news; check out their article.

01.30.2013

2013 Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum

More than 100 people gathered in person and virtually for the annual Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum. The topic: Can City Food Policies Reduce Disparities? Lessons from New York and London.

Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College, and Laurie Tisch gave welcoming remarks, and Sue Atkinson, the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College, introduced the forum topic. Corby Kummer, Senior Editor at The Atlantic, then moderated a lively panel of Sue Atkinson, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas Farley, NYU Professor Marion Nestle, and Senior VP of The Vitality Group Derek Yach.

Watch the complete panel below, and then join the conversation and learn more.

Share Our Strength featured on NBC

Last week, Illumination Fund grantee Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program was the subject of a “Making a Difference” segment on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. The story featured two families who are eating more nutritiously and saving money after taking a Cooking Matters course. Check out some clips!

01.25.2013

Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society

Please join the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund as it launches the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund’s Healthy Food & Community Change Initiative with a special forum at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society

Thursday, February 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The conference will focus on ways to develop evidence-based programs and policies that encourage healthier diets and lifestyles while making healthy foods accessible and affordable to underserved communities. Speakers will be announced prior to the event

Please note: E-Tickets are required to attend this free event. A light breakfast will be provided. We hope to see you there!

We’re currently at capacity, but join us in conversation before, during, and after the event by tweeting with #tcfood and join the livestream.

Share with your networks!

01.18.2013

Mobilize.org Announces First Mobilizer Academy Class

Illumination Fund grantee Mobilize.org has announced the Millennial leaders who were selected for the 2013 Mobilizer Academy inaugural class. This passionate group of 20 young people will participate in the new national leadership development program, which will provide skills and resources needed to achieve social objectives. Their journeys will begin at the Millennial Leaders Seminar in New York City next month. For more information about the participants, check out the Class List.

01.16.2013

Support your local small businesses this winter

We’re doing it by helping Green Cart vendors who lost revenue because of Sandy to access emergency assistance. With our partners at Karp Resources and a grant to BOCnet, vendors have access both to monetary aid and free training on business resilience and preparedness. Shop often at Green Carts and do what you can to support other local business owners; they’re the heart of our communities.

12.19.2012

Philanthropy’s Hurricane Sandy Response and Resources

Our partners at Philanthropy NY have done an excellent job compiling resources and information on current rebuilding and recovery efforts. There is still much to be done in Sandy’s aftermath, so this holiday season, take a few minutes to review the information on their website and decide how you’ll pitch in.

12.13.2012

1/25 Deadline: Hunter College Seeks Nominations for 3rd Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize recognizes one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishment in the field of urban public health. Each recipient receives a $10,000 award. Nomination guidelines and instructions can be viewed on Hunter’s Roosevelt House website. The deadline for nominating a prize candidate is January 25, 2013.

Read about the prize winners from the first and second years for inspiration!

12.05.2012

Caterers source produce from NYC Green Carts whenever possible

Company, a Hamilton Heights-based catering company, uses NYC Green Carts as an essential piece of their procurement process. More than 70% of their recipes contain something that would be found on a Green Cart, and whenever possible, they source these items from nearby vendors, such as the ones at 110th St. and Lexington and 145th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. The Company pantry is always stocked with Green Cart basics such as onions and garlic. Says Arnish,

“We like to use fresh and seasonal ingredients, and locally sourced is best. We love to see, touch and smell produce first-hand. I love how the NYC Green Cart Initiative provides fresh fruits and veggies in neighborhoods that need better quality produce at an affordable price. In addition, it’s always fun interacting with the vendor. It is always interesting to learn about how they became involved with NYC Green Carts, and how the cart has changed their lives and helped them to provide for their families.”

What do they make with these Green Cart ingredients? A favorite is a Mango Guacamole with Avocados, Limes and Mangoes. They also stock up on Apples, Pears, Lemons, Oranges and Berries that look seasonally delicious and incorporate them into pies, sauces and salads. The local Green Carts are also inspirational: After seeing all of the veggies on display, Company decided to use various Green Beans, Baby Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, and Sugar Snap Peas to make an all “green” crudité platter. Using Dill from the cart, they made a “Green Goddess” dip to accompany the platter, which was a huge hit! Take a look:

The Illumination Fund is proud to have worked with Billy, Tom, and Arnish at Company for several years. We hope they set a trend for small businesses supporting each other in our community!

12.03.2012

Danny Meyer receives third annual Preston Robert Tisch Award

Danny Meyer, a chef, restaurateur, and leader in the fight against hunger, received the Aspen Institute’s Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership. The annual award, which was presented at the Museum of Modern Art, is funded by the family of the late Preston Robert Tisch to carry on his legacy of public service and philanthropy. Meyer, who is the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group and also Union Square Events and Hospitality Quotient, spoke at the award ceremony in conversation with Walter Isaacson, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Meyer and Isaacson spoke about issues of management and leadership, hospitality, food fads, and business learnings. Meyer designated the prize money to Share Our Strength, a leading anti-hunger organization.

11.20.2012

Laurie M. Tisch Honored with the Public Health Association of New York City’s Special Merit Award

At a November 15 ceremony attended by 250 New York City leaders in public health from public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Laurie M. Tisch was honored with the Special Merit in Public Health Award for her work through the Illumination Fund with the NYC Green Cart Initiative. In her remarks, she shared her reasons for funding the NYC Green Cart Initiative. “There are vast disparities in diet-related diseases across neighborhoods. Communities plagued by high rates of poverty, poor education, and unemployment are often the same neighborhoods where these diseases are rampant.” She also thanked key partners including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Karp Resources, Montefiore Medical Center, Locarto, and WHEDco.

Other PHANYC award recipients include: John Hoffman, Media Award; Mariano Jose Rey, MD, Haven Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award; David R. Jones, JD, Public Health Award; Gustavo Rivera and Julissa Ferreras, Legislators of the Year; Greater Brooklyn Health CoalitionNorthern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, and West End Residences, Public Health Community Awards; and Robert (Bob) Fullilove, EdD, Allan Rosenfield Award for Public Health and Social Justice.

11.14.2012

Exhibit opening of Intersections: Art and Community at the JCC in Manhattan

On Tuesday November 13, the Illumination Fund welcomed guests for the opening of our exhibit Intersections: Art and Community at the JCC in ManhattanIntersectionsfeatures select works by artists Gabriel Specter, Lori Grinker, Siona Benjamin and Jacqueline Nicholls, each of whom has presented solo exhibitions at the JCC’s Laurie M. Tisch Gallery that address themes related to identity, community and art.  The diversity of the work represented in Intersections illustrates the impressive roster of artists who have exhibited at the JCC’s gallery and the dose of culture made so easily accessible to its visitors.

Laurie Tisch discussed the mission-driven purpose of the Illumination Fund’s gallery and collection, and Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director of the JCC in Manhattan, shared her thoughts on the importance of art in the community.  Exhibiting artists Siona Benjamin, Lori Grinker, and Gabriel Specter joined the reception and each spoke about the creative process and inspiration behind their work.

The Illumination Fund gratefully acknowledges the JCC’s Laurie M. Tisch Gallery Director and Intersection’s curator, Megan Whitman.

11.01.2012

Fall/Winter Edition of NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack Released

A new set of 10 recipes, cooking tips, and kids fun has arrived! Get your free digital copy of the NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack here, or see if you can snag one from your local Green Cart vendor. And, if you cook any of the recipes, let us know how it goes!

10.24.2012

Aspen Institute Leadership Series: Julie Taymor and Michael Eisner

Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director Julie Taymor joined Michael Eisner, President and CEO, The Tornante Company, for the Aspen Institute’s October 23 Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. Taymor spoke about her creative process and the layers that go into directing exquisite and imaginative productions ranging from plays to operas and film. Taymor and Eisner engaged in a lively discussion about their experience working on productions together such as The Lion King, Frida and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.  The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Photo by Yuki Kokubo

09.21.2012

Illumination Fund Intern Reflection

When I first started my internship at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, I hoped to learn more about giving. In hindsight, I realized I had made a grave assumption that giving was just the giving of money. Maybe it stemmed from my experience on the nonprofit side, where asking for support always meant for funds, but my time here revealed that giving involves much more than just writing grant checks.

The great advantage of a small foundation is its intimate nature. As “just the intern” at many organizations, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but at the Illumination Fund, I never felt insignificant. Working in such close proximity with the team meant that they were easily accessible and happy to impart their knowledge of philanthropy to me. I spent time early in my internship mastering the administrative duties, which opened space for me to delve deeper into more personally interesting tasks, like sharing thoughts on project designs and blogging about grantee updates. I appreciated the balance of learning opportunities with work that nurtured my other skills, like web and graphic design. These skills came in handy with the foundation’s website re-design, and I also applied my organizational skills to the refinement of office processes.

The most valuable lesson that I learned came at the premiere of The Apple Pushers. A documentary film sponsored by us and directed by the talented Mary Mazzio, it chronicles the lives of immigrant street vendors enrolled in the NYC Green Cart program, a DOHMH initiative aimed at increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in food deserts in NYC and which is also sponsored by the Illumination Fund. While watching the film, I realized the incredible ability of individuals and small foundations to directly cause socio-political change. I learned that it was a chance meeting of Laurie and Mary that gave birth to this phenomenal film that left an entire theater buzzing about how they, too, could contribute to this healthy food revolution. Now that’s what I call Illumination.

I’m leaving with a new understanding that philanthropy is not just about the money; the money facilitates the action and its spark inspires change.


Tahira interned with the Illumination Fund for a year and will be starting work at Camp Interactive next week. The foundation staff will miss her very much and wishes her the best of luck.

09.12.2012

Volunteer for New York Cares Day

Illumination Fund Grantee New York Cares hosts an annual day of volunteerism, which is only 1 month away. On October 13th, join over 6,000 volunteers for the 2012 New York Cares Day. This year’s mission: beautifying NYC’s public schools. Rally your friends and spend the day creating murals, painting classrooms, planting school gardens, and engaging with students and families in service.

Register here to participate.

09.05.2012

BHSS 2012 International Study Program in Brazil

After six months of studying the complexities of Brazilian culture and politics, Illumination Fund grantee Brotherhood/Sister Sol travelled from Harlem to Brazil with members of its International Study Program for four weeks. In addition to enjoying Brazil’s institutions and natural beauty, these talented students studied Afro-Brazilian history and the land use movement, met with the US Consulate, USAID and NGO’s like Centro Comunitario Lidia Dos Santos, and conducted their own research on critical issues observed on their excursions.

Click here to read their reflections and view images from the trip.

NYC Green Cart Initiative Featured on Noticias Toda La Tarde

On August 23, 2012, Fabiola Galindo of NY1 Noticias New York interviewed Green Cart vendor Domingo Jose, WHEDco Director of Community Development Kerry McLean, and Illumination Fund President Laurie M. Tisch near Domingo’s cart in the Bronx. The transcript of the segment that aired is below as translated to English.

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Noticias Toda La Tarde
NY1 Noticias New York
08/23/12 10-11 PM

Anchor:  A woman in Manhattan is seeking to provide healthy food through food carts to places in the city where there is limited supply of healthy food.  Fabiola Galindo has the details.

Fabiola Galindo:  Domingo Jose works on this street at Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.  He comes here every day to sell all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables from this Green Cart.  It is not only a good way to start-up his own business but according to him it also a way to sell produce that is not readily available within the neighborhood.

Domingo Jose:  I am more interested in fruits and vegetables because during the summer people consume more fruits and vegetables.

Fabiola Galindo:  There are more than 500 Green Carts like Jose’s that circulate the five boroughs thanks in part to the donations from the Illumination Fund and the Administration of the City.  Thanks to these foundations, the process to apply for a food cart vendor license takes less time since they are placed, according to the Department of Health, in areas where there are rates of high obesity and a scarcity of fresh produce.

Laurie Tisch: We know that this project is working because the vendors are working and starting a business by selling fresh produce that was not accessible before.

Fabiola Galindo: Programs such as these look for ways to combat health epidemics such as high obesity that the City of New York is experiencing.  The Department of Health reports that more than half of the adult population suffers from obesity.

Kerry McLean: Specifically in the South Bronx there is a high rate of obesity as well as diabetes and hypertension and many others conditions that affect people’s health who live in the community.  So having a Green Cart in the community provides people with other health options for food.

Fabiola Galindo: Along with the health benefits, there are other advantages to buying from the green carts.

Customer: To tell you the truth, the produce here is much cheaper.  We can buy produce here cheaper, the prices…

Fabiola Galindo: According to the city’s data, more than a thousand licenses were made available and more than 600 of these licenses are being used for Green Carts.  This provides jobs to more than hundreds of vendors.  Reporting from the Bronx, Fabiola Galindo for NY 1.

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08.14.2012

The NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack is a Handy Recipe Book for Local Fruits and Veggies

NYC’s green carts – you know, those vendors you see on street corners selling fresh fruits and veggies? – are a wonderful source of healthful food for New Yorkers, and now there’s even a cookbook to show you some tasty recipes you can make with produce purchased from them. The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the James Beard Foundation, and the New York City Department of Health’s Green Cart Initiative came up with the handy booklet and are calling it the Fresh Food Pack. The flavor-packed guide includes 20 recipes made mainly with the fruits and vegetables found at our local produce carts as well as a kids’ pack, tips and advice from healthcare institutions, and special featured recipes from New York City’s finest chefs!

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07.18.2012

NYC Opera Stages a Dramatic Financial Turnaround

Just six months ago, the New York City Opera came close to a tragic end. Now the 68-year-old opera company is triumphing with its new act.

This spring, in the first season after its departure from Lincoln Center, it presented 16 performances of four operas at a number of venues. Every show sold out. And despite months of negative press and contentious labor negotiations, the nonprofit met its fundraising goal, bringing in $11.5 million in donations. Better yet, the long-struggling company ended its fiscal year on June 30 with its first balanced budget in 12 years.

THE SUCCESS OF THIS PAST SEASON IS A TESTAMENT TO CITY OPERA’S RESILIENT LEADERSHIP, COMMITMENT TO HIGH-QUALITY PROGRAMMING AND CAPACITY TO ATTRACT NEW, DIVERSE    AUDIENCE.

KATE LEVIN, NYC COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS

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07.13.2012

Laurie Tisch’s Interview with genConnect

Laurie Tisch was interviewed about her philanthropy at the Aspen Ideas Festival by genConnect. Watch the full interview below and read the related article.

07.12.2012

Echoing Green Announces 2012 Fellows

Illumination Fund grantee Echoing Green continues to empower game-changing individuals through their new Fellowship class. The 36 visionaries comprising the 2012 class are both traditional Echoing Green Fellows and an inaugural group of Black Male Acheivement Fellows. The Fellows are leaders across the areas of civil and human rights; poverty alleviation and economic development; education; food, agriculture, and environment; and healthcare. Read more about the Fellows and their novel ideas to impact the world.

07.05.2012

Opportunity Index gives metrics for discussing economic opportunity and mobility

The Opportunity Index is the nation’s first – and only – tool designed to provide a snapshot of what opportunity looks like at the state and county levels. Created by Illumination Fund grantee and partner Be The Change, the Opportunity Index is already impacting the language and framework that communities use to talk about their need and potential for economic growth.

How did your hometown stack up against others in your area? Have you referenced the index when talking to local lawmakers? What surprised you? Share your thoughts!

07.03.2012

Powerful Women in Philanthropy

Philanthropy, literally “a love of humankind,” is about giving for the benefit of others. Do women have a unique capacity for philanthropic action? Do they practice philanthropy differently than men?

Certainly, the majority of women lacked the economic power for philanthropy until relatively recently. But in the last 50 years, the number of women in the workforce doubled, and today, in four out of five income levels, they give away more of their money than men.

THE LESSON I LEARNED IS ABOUT PATIENCE AND ABOUT AGREED UPON MEASURES OF SUCCESS … YOU’VE GOT TO BE FLEXIBLE WITH GRANTEES. THEY ALSO HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.

LAURIE TISCH, PRESIDENT OF THE LAURIE M. TISCH ILLUMINATION FUND

 

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06.20.2012

Eat the rainbow

Chef Cymone of Wellness in the Schoolshelps students at PS98 truly eat the rainbow.

At the Illumination Fund, we’re helping people access healthier food options so that they can share colorful snacks like these. Share this if you eat fresh fruits and vegetables whenever you can, too!

06.19.2012

Second Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize Winners Announced

Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab announced that LegalHealth, a division of New York Legal Assistance Group, and Mark Hannay, Executive Director of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, are the recipients of the second annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The prize, which was presented June 18th at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, is administered by Hunter College and is awarded to both a not-for-profit organization and an individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health. The winners were chosen by a committee composed of Hunter College faculty and representatives from the health policy and advocacy communities and will each receive a prize of $10,000.

LegalHealth, founded in 2001 as a division of New York Legal Assistance Group, is now the largest medical-legal partnership in the nation. It helps to reduce health disparities among low-income, at risk populations by addressing the legal needs associated with poverty that undermine recovery from serious illness and by eliminating legal barriers to available resources. Since its inception, it has assisted over 17,000 clients and trained over 5,000 health care professionals to identify their patients’ legal needs and provide support.

Mr. Mark Hannay has served as Executive Director of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign – a citywide multi-constituency health care justice organization – since 1995. He has built a vibrant coalition of community groups, labor unions, professional associations and faith communities to fight for fundamental reform leading to universal health care. His leadership has inspired many to join successful campaigns to expand access to affordable health care, particularly for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

At the award ceremony, Mark Hannay remarked: “What I am more proud of is bringing diverse forces together to provoke health care justice in society.” Randye Retkin, Esq. of LegalHealth added how important it is for all involved to share the credit, stating that all efforts “are a team approach.” And, as Jon Tisch shared in his opening remarks, the honorees are particularly deserving, “because as Joan found at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, equitable and just access to health requires both services and advocacy,” and both recipients embody that approach.

Please read the full press release for more information about the prize and recipients.

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, based at Hunter College and made possible with a five-year grant of over $1 million from her children Steven Tisch, Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. The other components are the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellowship in Public Health and the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum. Read more about last year’s awards here.

06.11.2012

David Rockwell and Paul Goldberger discuss Why Design Matters

Architect David Rockwell, the Founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, joined Paul Goldberger, a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and author of Why Architecture Matters, for the Aspen Institute’s June 6 Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. Rockwell spoke about the role and influence of theater in his architecture, and the ways in which the energy of New York’s street life inspires his work. He and Goldberger also highlighted Rockwell’s innovative “Imagination Playground”, a pro bono project that enables children to reconfigure a playground’s design through unstructured free play. The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Paul Goldberger (left) and David Rockwell share a laugh during the conversation. Photo by Erin Baiano.

05.22.2012

CMOM Spring Benefit Awards Inaugural Laurie M. Tisch Award

On May 21, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), along with over 350 supporters, celebrated its success as an institution offering all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

Laurie M. Tisch spoke about her ongoing commitment to CMOM and presented the inaugural Laurie M. Tisch Award to accomplished artist Sarah Sze and renowned cancer researcher, physician and author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Honoring these two leaders in the arts and health mirrors CMOM’s pioneering work to connect the two fields on a national level.

CMOM’s Board Chair halley k harrisburg, Executive Director Andy Ackerman, and Head Start’s Dawn White shared moving remarks about CMOM’s impact. The Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Rick Woldenberg of Learning Resources, and Shiba Russell from WNBC closed out the night by auctioning deluxe Super Bowl packages, which, coupled with a raffle and ticket sales, raised more than $800,000 for the Museum.

An article on the event from Downtown Magazine is here.

CMOM Spring Benefit Awards Inaugural Laurie M. Tisch Award

04.27.2012

Renee Shanker and Dr. Bill Jordan featured on BronxNet

BronxNet featured Renee Shanker, Director of Wellness at Montefiore Medical Center, and Dr. William Jordan in a conversation about healthy eating, vendors in the Bronx, and the film The Apple Pushers

04.24.2012

Whole Foods Do Something Reel Panel

Watch highlights from the panel conversation following the Earth Day screenings of The Apple Pushers in five cities. Read more about Do Something Reel, too.

04.23.2012

Hunger Hits Home – Documentary Release

The New York City Coaltion Against Hunger is featured in the new documentary Hunger Hits Home, which just aired on the Food Network this weekend. You can watch it online for free this week here.

04.20.2012

The Apple Pushers in the News

  • Fox Business discussed The Apple Pushers in the context of the American Dream. Read Nancy Colasurdo’s article here.
  • Fatima Shama, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, discusses The Apple Pushers on a PIX 11 News interview. Watch it here.
  • The New York Times discusses Green Carts, Healthy Bodegas, Health Bucks, and other interventions in an article framing the food desert issue. Read David Bornstein’s article here.
  • The Washington Post mentioned The Apple Pushers in a larger article about the NYC Green Cart Initiative. Read Jane Black’s article here.
  • The New York Daily News wrote about The Apple Pushers and the NYC Green Cart Initiative. Read Jacob Osterhout’s article here.
  • Director Mary Mazzio was interviewed by Ecosalon about how and why The Apple Pushers was made. Read the interview by Anna Brones here.
  • Fast Company framed a presentation of community initiatives in urban food deserts around The Apple Pushers. Read Lindsey Kratochwill’s feature here.

THIS IS BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. THAT’S KIND OF OVERSTATING IT, BUT THIS IS FOOD JUSTICE.

MARY MAZZIO, DIRECTOR, THE APPLE PUSHERS

Still haven’t seen the film? Visit applepushers.com for information on screenings and ordering an advance copy of the film.

04.17.2012

Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee and Katie Couric featured in the Aspen Leadership Series

Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for his book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, joined Katie Couric, Special Correspondent for ABC News, for the Aspen Institute’s April 10th program, “Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch.”  Dr. Mukherjee, who is a leading cancer physician at the CUNY Presbyterian Hospital and professor at Columbia University, and Ms. Couric, who in addition to being an acclaimed journalist and TV personality is a prominent cancer advocate, spoke about cancer research, trends, public advocacy, and the imperative for investment in new therapies.  The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

04.16.2012

Laurie M. Tisch Awards Green Cart Grants

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund announced ten community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs that will each receive a $7,500 grant to provide services and business training to NYC Green Cart vendors. The grants, awarded by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in coordination with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Karp Resources, will enable the organizations to recruit and educate NYC Green Cart permit applicants, and to provide workshops and one-on-one assistance to help current vendors be successful.

“It’s especially important to support the organizations that have deep roots in the communities where the NYC Green Carts operate,” said Laurie M. Tisch, president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. “Community-based organizations can help recruit and support vendors who know the neighborhood, local residents and store owners; in many cases these organizations are able to relate to the vendors through their native language or fluency in their cultures.”

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04.13.2012

Attend the free Brooklyn Food Conference on May 12

The Brooklyn Food Conference will be held this year on May 12 and will feature keynotes from notable food activists, workshops, panel discussions, food demos, family programming, art and much more. The Apple Pushers is one of the sponsors for this free event, and you can find their table with film and NYC Green Cart information in the center of the expo. For more information, visit the website and watch this video:

04.04.2012

NYC Green Cart Cookbook Chefs In The News

When we released the NYC Green Cart Cookbook last year, we were lucky to have several top New York City chefs on board. We’ve been keeping tabs on them, and here’s what they’re up to:

Eddie Huang was recently profiled in The New York Observer and opened a second restaurant last July.

Bill Telepan continues his tremendous work with Illumination Fund grantee Wellness in the Schools and is the current authority on ramps.

Alice Waters entered into a partnership with Mandarin Oriental, New York that supports her nonprofit, Edible Schoolyard.

03.30.2012

Earth Day Screenings of The Apple Pushers

The Apple Pushers is kicking off the Whole Foods Do Something Reel film festival on April 22 in cities nationwide. The film is followed by a panel discussion, which will be filmed live at the Austin, TX screening with the film’s writer and director Mary Mazzio, executive producer Laurie Tisch, and celebrity chef Michel NischanDebi Mazar, the star of the Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” and HBO’s “Entourage,” will host the discussion. Below is a list of locations hosting the screenings with links to purchase tickets. Proceeds from ticket sales go to local food-related nonprofits.

Austin – 5pm CST
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Followed by a live panel discussion with the film’s writer and director, Mary Mazzio; executive producer Laurie Tisch; and celebrity chef Michel Nischan. Debi Mazar, star of the Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” and “Entourage,” will host the discussion.
Benefactor Organization: The Sustainable Food Center
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Boston – 6pm EST
Fenway 13 with RPX
Benefactor Organization: The Food Project
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Detroit – 6pm EST
Commerce Township 14
Benefactor Organization: Charles L. Bowers School Farm & Tiliam Farm
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Pittsburgh – 6pm EST
Cinemark Robinson Township
Benefactor Organization:  The Farmstand Project, a program of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
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San Francisco – 3pm PST
Century 9 San Francisco Center
Benefactor Organization: Hunter’s Point Family Urban Farms

03.23.2012

The Illumination Fund and Creative Time Launch Photo Exhibit

On March 21, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund launched its newest in-office exhibit, “BECAUSE DREAMING IS BEST DONE IN PUBLIC: CREATIVE TIME IN PUBLIC SPACES.” The exhibition is in partnership with Creative Time, an organization that connects social activism and public engagement through art, by supporting the power of the artist’s voice to catalyze social change. The Fund has been a supporter of its annual Summit for two years.

This installation of 12 photographs highlights Creative Time’s role in supporting a wide array of ambitious artists working across disciplines to address social, political or cultural issues of their generation. The works on view at the Illumination Fund range over twenty years and are bound together by each artist’s dynamic relationship with the public and emphasizes civic engagement.

The photographs include Shimon Attie’s “Between Dreams and History” (1998), Vik Muniz’s “Clouds” (2001), and Adelle Lutz’s “The Peace Piece” (2003). Artist Karen Finley, who attended the reception for the exhibit at the Illumination Fund, showcased a photograph from her 1998 partnership with Creative Time on a national public art / performance project, “1-900-ALL- KAREN.” For the duration of her six-month project, Finley had recorded daily phone commentary on news headlines and social issues, as well as personal comments on daily life that a national audience would access.

“The groundbreaking projects represented in the show not only reclaim public space for expression, but also elicit thoughts about socially engaged art,” said Laurie Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

“Though Creative Time isn’t a foundation, we have much in common with the Illumination Fund.  Both of our missions champion artists, innovation, public education, and the role art plays in creating a vibrant urban experience,” said Anne Pasternak, Executive Director of Creative Time.

Karen Finley addressed the guests at the reception, and her moving remarks are available in full here.

03.14.2012

Obesity and Other Targets of Children’s Museums

Children’s museums do not usually have exhibitions that involve crawling through a giant digestive system. But such an installation — along with a play center where visitors learn the power of pedaling, bouncing and jumping and a place to meet superpowered vegetable heroes — is part of a larger effort by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to help prevent childhood obesity.

While children’s museums are primarily known as activity centers to divert the younger set and to help form future museumgoers, they are increasingly focused on social outreach. “Part of our mission is to provide access,” said Andy Ackerman, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. “Social issues, education, health and creativity — it’s all a continuum, and we can connect those domains and reinforce each of them.”

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02.23.2012

Making ‘The Apple Pushers,’ a Film About New York’s Street Vendors

Laurie told me about an initiative she was helping to fund in a public-private partnership with the city of New York called the Green Carts Program, in which hundreds of street vendors (“micro-entrepreneurs,” as economists like to call them) were rolling carts of fruits and vegetables into poor neighborhoods, where finding a ripe apple was almost impossible and where obesity rates were skyrocketing. Green Cart vendors were a newly legislated class of street vendor, permitted to sell only fresh fruits and vegetables and only in certain areas. She paused. “What do you know about food deserts?”

“Um,” I replied, instantly monosyllabic. She then laid out her wild idea — a documentary film that would highlight the issue of food deserts, but also chronicle the lives and livelihoods of these street vendors. Laurie’s vision was that such a film might help other cities think creatively about out-of-the-box ways to solve the obesity and food desert crisis.

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02.02.2012

Football and Food Carts

Laurie Tisch is going to the Super Bowl, but first she had to pick up some vegetables in the Bronx. “Thursday I’m on the friends and family charter,” she reported. “Hopefully I’ll make it there for the friends and family dinner,” hosted, she said, by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Ms. Tisch’s family are co-owners of the New York Giants, though she may be better known for her philanthropy around New York City as head of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Foundation. Its efforts include supporting the NYC Green Cart Initiative, which brings fresh fruits and vegetables, sold on sidewalk carts, to the city’s underserved neighborhoods.

01.30.2012

Laurie Tisch: Not Just The “Green” Behind the Green Carts

Laurie Tisch wanted to know whether she had a story worth being told when she approached documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio. When Mazzio explored Tisch’s idea, she found not one, but five stories begging to be told.

This initial meeting between the two women inspired The Apple Pushers, a documentary that chronicles New York City’s Green Cart Initiative, a project funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Through the Green Cart program, vendors receive micro-loans in order to set up “Green Carts,” from which they sell fresh fruits and vegetables in “food deserts” – the areas of the city where fresh produce is scarce (besides the lettuce and tomato on a Big Mac).

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12.08.2011

Aftertaste: The Apple Pushers

The East End is in fact edible, with its countless producers of fresh-grown fruits and vegetables and an abundance of agriculture at its residents’ fingertips. The main roads of our towns are not lined with fast-food joints, but rather farm stands and pick-your-own purveyors.

We are very fortunate. But, not more than a hundred or so miles from Long Island’s East End lie areas that have literally been deemed “food deserts”: low-income parts of New York City and its surrounding boroughs, where residents have little if any source of such nourishing ingredients to feed themselves and their families.

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12.01.2011

The Laurie M. Tisch Education Center

Just as education is a central part of the Whitney’s mission, the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center will be a hub of activity in the new building downtown. Unlike many museums in the city, where education facilities are relegated to the basement or off-site, the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center will be at the Museum’s heart as it provides o dynamic interface between the public entrance and the Whitney’s galleries. Its location on the second floor will enable program participants to move easily from exhibitions into the Education Center, creating opportunities for Whitney educators to extend their gallery-based teaching with artmaking activities, demonstrations, and in-depth study and discussion.

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11.30.2011

Billie Jean King receives second annual Preston Robert Tisch Award

Billie Jean King, a tennis icon and humanitarian, received the Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership at the Asia Society in conjunction with The Aspen Institute. The annual award is funded by the family of the late Preston Robert Tisch to carry on his legacy of public service and philanthropy. King, who is the founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation and co-founder of World Team Tennis, spoke at the award ceremony with Christine Brennan, a leading sports columnist with USA Today. King and Brennan spoke about issues of gender, equality, courage, and teambuilding, as well as about tennis – past, present, and future. King designated the prize money to the John and Patty McEnroe Foundation.

11.22.2011

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s EatSleepPlay Exhibit Launches

One of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund’s long-time partners is getting some phenomenal media attention. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) opened its new exhibit, EatSleepPlay, on November 11, 2011. This exciting, interactive exhibit allows children and their families to explore how and why food, sleep and physical activity work together to power the body and fuel the mind.  The exhibit has and more than 70 fun learning stations for kids and parents alike, and people are taking notice! See more on CBS’s Eye on New York segment that aired November 20, the Fox 5 NY News segment that aired on November 14, and NY1’s Parenting: Where to Go segment that aired on November 17.

11.10.2011

Where Children Discover Their Inner Child

What would you think if you visited a public restroom, and the toilet began to talk – in a female voice with a British accent no less – about the bodily function you’d just performed?

No such bathroom exists in New York City, but “The Royal Flush,” among more than 70 interactive exhibits in “EatSleepPlay: Building Health Every Day,” the new show at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, does something similar. When little visitors pull this fake toilet’s handle, it responds with images and explains, in the warm but slightly brisk tones of a no-nonsense nanny, that what we excrete provides clues to our well-being.

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11.03.2011

Arthur & Stephanie Blank, Dr. Sanjay Gupta host a “Street Food” fight against food deserts, obesity

When they announced their separation in September after 16 years of marriage, Arthur and Stephanie Blank assured the public they would continue working together on their shared philanthropic and community-building commitments. True to their word, the Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner and family were seated in the front row together Wednesday night at the Arthur M. Blank Family Office in Buckhead as they hosted “Street Food: Attacking Obesity & Wiping Out Food Deserts One City Block at a Time.”

Inside the packed ornate room, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptamoderated a 90-minute panel discussion streaming live on the non-profit’s websiteand updates scrolling on Twitter. Introducing the evening’s discussion was New York Giants co-owner Laurie M. Tisch, the president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Tisch recently initiated and underwrote the financing for “The Apple Pushers,” a fascinating new documentary by Mary Mazzio chronicling five immigrant pushcart vendors in NYC as they bring fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery store-less food deserts in the city. Joining Mazzio and Gupta on the panel were Cathy Nonas, NYC’s Department of Health’s physical activity and nutrition director and Dr. Dwayne Proctor, the director of the childhood obesity program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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11.02.2011

Street Food: Attacking Obesity & Wiping Out Food Deserts One City Block at a Time

Through the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series, Laurie M. Tisch, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Cathy Nonas, Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D., and Mary Mazzio discussed the twin crises of food desert neighborhoods and obesity. The video of this discussion can be viewed below, and additional information and resources can be found here.

10.24.2011

Illumination Fund Gallery Shows Israeli “Community” Images

“In a democratic society, the arts must be accessible to all, regardless of means.” says Laurie Tisch, founder and director of The Illumination Fund. Tisch, the daughter of Loew’s co-founder Preston Robert Tisch, founded the Fund in 2007 to “find innovative approaches to education, the arts, healthy lifestyles, and service in order to illuminate solutions that transform our urban landscape.”

The Wall Street Journal has called Tisch’s philanthropic work “practically a profession.” The Illumination Fund, a New York City based foundation, “plays an engaged and active role in supporting organizations and leaders who have a positive impact and lasting effect on well-being and community life.” Much of its work focuses on the communities of New York City; the current exhibit, however, focuses on two of Israel’s communities, seen through the work of Israeli photographers Assaf Evron and Oded Hirsch.

Photo: Assaf Evron speaks about his work. Photo by Maxine Dovere

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10.06.2011

The Aspen Institute hosts Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and Mark Whitaker

“The Aspen Leadership Series: Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch” featured Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, who is the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, in conversation with Mark Whitaker, Executive Vice President and Managing Editor at CNN. The event, “Race and Leadership in America,” which took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

08.09.2011

Revolution Foods and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Bring Together Food Leaders

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund hosted a convening of 24 dynamic leaders and thinkers on issues related to healthy food access and education. Led by Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Tobey, Ashoka fellows and co-founders of the innovative social enterprise Revolution Foods, the discussion illuminated ideas about using entrepreneurship and creative financing to build a scalable social venture in the school food arena. The conversation was a springboard for new partnerships and brainstorms, and it empowered all in the room to think about the school food space from different perspectives.

06.22.2011

Union Settlement Association and Dr. Melony Samuels Receive Inaugural Joan H. Tisch Community Health

Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced that the Union Settlement Association and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger are the recipients of the inaugural Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The newly established prize, which will be presented June 22nd at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, will be administered by the Hunter College Foundation and is earmarked for a not-for-profit organization and individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.

Read the full press release for further details.

06.16.2011

The Aspen Institute hosts Wendy Kopp and John Merrow

“The Aspen Leadership Series: Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch” featured Teach For America Founder and CEO, Wendy Kopp in conversation with John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters. The discussion, “Education, Leadership, and America’s Future: A Conversation with Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp,” touched on everything from the realities of comprehensive reform for America’s public education system, to standardized testing in America. The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. See a clip from the event.

05.26.2011

Laurie M. Tisch honored at generationOn’s 2011 Art of Giving benefit

On May 26, 2011, Laurie M. Tisch was honored by generationOn at the 2011 Art of Giving benefit along with Brian Goldner, President and CEO, Hasbro, Inc, Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee, and six extraordinary young leaders from across the country who were presented with the Hasbro Community Action Hero award. The event raised over $920,000 for generationOn, the youth division of the Points of Light Institute, which seeks to inspire, equip and mobilize young people to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. For more information about generationOn, please visit www.generationon.org.

Laurie M. Tisch and Cory Booker

Laurie M. Tisch and Newark Mayor Cory Booker were featured at generationOn’s 2011 Art of Giving benefit.

04.07.2011

Echoing Green Launches Work on Purpose

Echoing Green’s Senior Vice President, Lara Galinky, and writer Kelly Nuxoll teamed up to author Work on Purpose, a book that tellsl the stories of five changemakers and their paths to success. Work on Purpose uses real-life stories of professionals’ journeys from personal struggle and uncertainty to significance and success by developing careers with purpose. The event featured conversations with the author and the changemakers featured in the new book.

03.21.2011

MCNY Opens Moveable Feast, an Aperture Photography Exhibit

The Museum of the City of New York held an opening reception to kick off Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program, a photography exhibit ongoing through July 10, 2011. The exhibit features the works of five photographers supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and commissioned by the Aperture Foundation, who chronicled the NYC Green Cart program for a year. Laurie M. Tisch joined Susan Henshaw Jones of MCNY, Elliot Marcus of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Chris Boot of Aperture in sharing a few remarks at the reception. Sean Corcoran of the MCNY and Denise Wolff of Aperture are co-curators of the exhibit.

 

03.16.2011

Illumination Fund Launches NYC Green Cart Cookbook

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund unveiled a cookbook, which features healthy recipes using ingredients found on NYC Green Carts, at a reception with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Elliot Marcus and chef and restaurant owner Marcus Samuelsson. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, submitted forwards for the charity cookbook funded by the Illumination Fund, which features 26 recipes donated by renowned chefs, New York City institutions, initiative partners and Green Cart vendors. The hors d’oeuvres for the evening were inspired by the cookbook recipes, and fruit from Mohammed Islam’s Green Cart on West 125th Street was enjoyed by attendees.

Cookbooks are available for free at local Green Carts and are also available for download.

11.10.2010

Other Cities Eye Green Carts

Every philanthropist dreams of financing a model program that proves so successful that others want to replicate it.

But Laurie M. Tisch had no idea that she would pave the way for other cities when she offered to donate $250,000 to help get a New York nutrition program off the ground.

Almost two years and $1.5 million later, the NYC Green Carts program is attracting attention from other philanthropists and food organizations. Even the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation considered it as a potential economic stimulus program in Philadelphia.

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The Carts can be seen all over the city, from busy street corners to the sidewalks beneath elevated subway tracks. Some are sponsored by the likes of Home Depot and other retailers, according to the beach umbrella that inevitably shelters vendors from the sun. However, the main impetus behind them is New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), which established the Green Cart program in 2008 in an effort to produce in some city neighborhoods.

Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Green Cart Initiative provides micro-loans and technical assistance to Green Cart operators who must have a valid mobile food vending license and a permit for the cart. Operators also get help with branding, marketing and community outreach to attract customers. The initiative is part of a public-private effort to improve access to healthy foods through the creation of 1,000 new street vending permits.

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10.17.2010

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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09.16.2010

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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07.07.2010

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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07.01.2010

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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06.28.2010

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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