On October 13th, Laurie Tisch was honored by the New York Women’s Foundation. Leading up to the ceremony, she was interviewed by radio host Deb Gordon for CBS-FM. They discussed Laurie’s approach to philanthropy and the Illumination Fund’s programs, including access to healthy food, arts education, and economic opportunity. They also highlighted the support that Laurie and her daughters Emily and Carolyn have awarded to the New York Women’s Foundation’s programs to help working mothers with childcare issues.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships is bringing together philanthropic funders and city agencies to work on public-private partnerships to address critical issues in New York. Among those initiatives is Building Healthy Communities, which is designed to promote health and wellness in 12 of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has committed $500,000 to this initiative.
Laurie Tisch sat down for a conversation with her daughter Carolyn Tisch Blodgett for Huffington Post’s new parent-child video interview series Talk To Me. They discussed parenting, overcoming challenges, and philanthropy. Laurie’s parents instilled in her a responsibility and desire to perform charity and to help others, something she hopes to pass on to her daughters and grandchildren. In 2007 she founded the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and says “My mission at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is to try and level the playing field and I’m very proud and fortunate that I’m able to do that.”
Since the launch of the Healthy Food & Community Change initiative, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has been committed to a holistic strategy to increasing healthy food access in New York City. In an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post, Laurie Tisch and Rick Luftglass emphasize the importance of collaboration and leadership development within the food access field to catalyze change. The Foundation’s dedication to these principles is bearing fruit, as several of our grantees and partners were included in the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College’s inaugural list of 40 Under 40: The Rising Stars in New York City Food Policy.
The op-ed was also featured in Philanthropy New York’s PhilanthroPost here.
Laurie Tisch and Kathryn Potts, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at the Whitney Museum, were interviewed on WNET’s MetroFocus and discussed the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center at the Whitney Museum. The Laurie M. Tisch Education Center aims to make art accessible to New Yorkers and to establish the Whitney Museum as a resource for all. Ms. Tisch stated that the education center builds upon her passionate work advocating the arts as a right and not a privilege. Ms. Potts said the center was purposefully designed to be welcoming and prominently located within the museum, so that all visitors to the museum can participate in the exciting programs offered at the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center.
On March 9, Laurie M. Tisch was one of the honorees at United Way of New York City’s The Power of Women to Make a Difference Luncheon. The luncheon was an inspiring event celebrating female accomplishments. During her remarks Ms. Tisch said "I'm grateful to United Way of New York City and the Women's Leadership Council for their recognition of the power that women yield to transform communities." The Observer reports that the 10th anniversary event raised nearly $1 million to support United Way of New York City's ReadNYC initiative. The initiative seeks to improve educational opportunities for low-income communities in New York City. For more information read the event press release here.
Education Update continues to spotlight the Whitney Museum with this article focused on the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. The Whitney approaches museum education as an experimental process in which art helps us to better understand the world around us and inspires creative thinking far beyond the Museum’s walls. The Center offers programs for families, K-12 students and teachers, teens, and older adults, as well as “Touch Tours” for people who are blind or visually impaired and “Whitney Signs” tours in American Sign Language for deaf visitors. In addition to programs on site, the Education Center partners with community organizations and public schools throughout the neighborhood. According to author Joan Baum, the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center is well positioned to become “the go-to downtown art place for all ages.”
The New York Times published a glowing review of the exhibition, This Place, currently at the Brooklyn Museum. This Place explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, as place and metaphor, through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers. The review describes the exhibit as:
“Though none of the images could be considered news photographs, they are rarely less than striking and they vigorously play off one another. When so much art-world photography is staged, heavily conceptual or even abstract, “This Place” is refreshing for emphasizing the genre of concerned or engaged photography.”
This Place will run at the Brooklyn Museum from February 12 through June 5, 2016.
Laurie Tisch appeared along Gabrielle Fialkoff, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and Alfie Vivian from Unilever on WNET’s MetroFocus to introduce New York City’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. The initiative is aimed at promoting health and wellness in some of the city’s most underserved communities. Ms. Tisch stated that the City’s new initiative fits perfectly into the Illumination Fund’s mission and described how it is a demonstration of the growth of the Healthy Food & Community Change initiative and public-private partnerships such as NYC Green Carts.
Laurie M. Tisch and Rick Luftglass co-authored an op-ed for Crain's New York Business on New York City’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, to which the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has committed $500,000. The initiative is a multimillion-dollar public-private partnership launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase access to physical activity and healthy food and improve public safety in 12 densely populated and historically underserved neighborhoods. In partnership with the Fund for Public Health the initiative will build new urban farms over the next two years on five New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties in Brownsville and Canarsie in Brooklyn, East Harlem, the Bronx and Staten Island, with workers supplied by Green City Force, a nationally recognized AmeriCorps program that recruits and trains 18- to 24-year-old NYCHA residents and pays them to work on environmental sustainability and energy-efficiency programs at NYCHA sites. According to Laurie and Rick, “These new farms will increase access to fresh produce in communities with high levels of poverty, food insecurity and diet-related diseases, while also serving as hubs for education, community engagement, and job training for residents.” Among other components of Building Healthy Communities are pedestrian plazas, improved parks and open spaces, community and school gardens, farmers markets and community health hubs.