As the granddaughter of the founders of the National Young Arts Foundation, Sarah Arison’s grandparents’ vision was apparent in numerous ways at William H. Dean’s birthday party. Throughout Dean’s Miami Beach Mansion, during the party, there were performances from alumni of the organization. Ms. Arison is a member of the board of trustees.
Recently we posted our CYInterview with Sarah’s friend, Miami entrepreneur Michael Capponi [see here] as well as pictures of Mr. Dean’s Miami mansion [see here]. It was Michael’s idea to have the National YoungArts artists perform at the big bash, held on March 1st.
In our CYInterview, Sarah speaks with us about the National YoungArts foundation. You can read the highlights and listen to in its entirety below:
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For Mr. Dean’s birthday party, Sarah says the goal of the National YoungArts foundation was to showcase some of their alumni and their diverse artistic skills. She supports the original mission of her grandparents:
“We wanted to showcase a lot of artists, a lot of alumni from the National YoungArts foundation, which is an organization that was started by my grandparents in 1981 down here in Miami. It’s a national organization, but it is based in Miami. And you know they did that as an effort to help make Miami a cultural center. They really wanted Miami to be seen along the lines of New York when it comes to being able to provide arts, culture and entertainment. So we have really artists in every, through the foundation we have artists in every discipline visual, literary and performing arts.”
So far the National YoungArts foundation has provided over 16,000 young artists with over $100 million dollars in college scholarships and $6 million dollars in cash awards. The organization has also given participants an opportunity to work with the likes of Martin Scorsese and Quincy Jones. Speaking fondly about her grandparent’s goal, Sarah believes they’ve added a lot to the culture and entertainment scene in Miami:
“Their goal of making Miami a cultural destination, which I think if you look at what’s happened over the past you know decade, if not two decades, they’ve really accomplished that. You know when you look at Art Basel, you look at you know obviously with what we have going on with the New World Center and the New World Symphony, we have symphonies and orchestras from 40 countries around the world coming to look at us as the example of what’s next for symphonies and orchestras and I think that being able to say that about an organization in Miami is huge and it really speaks to Miami’s progress and I think my grandparents played a huge role in that and you know they’re, I feel that, I feel so honored to be able to be a part in that and continue that.”
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