Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life
FOCUS ON CULTURE & THE ARTS

March 22, 2018


2018 Highlights

On March 22, 2018, the National Museum of American History hosted its third annual symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life. Programming focused on the Philanthropy Initiative’s annual theme: philanthropy’s impact on—and through—culture and the arts. Featured speakers and performers included Sam Bonsey, Morocco Britt-El, Laura Callanan, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Susan Fales-Hill, John L. Gray, Cynthia Harvey, Kelly Hicks, Alberto Ibargüen, Irene Hirano Inouye, Mary Stuart Masterson, Amanda B. Moniz, No Kings Collective, David M. Rubenstein, David J. Skorton, Azrielle Smith, and Darren Walker.

Smithsonian Welcome 

David J. Skorton
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Museum Welcome

John L. Gray
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History

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Musical performance

The Mother's Prayer

Music by Ole Bull

Glenn Donnellan
Jan Chong

Culture, Arts & Democracy:
The Origins of American Cultural Institutions

Interviewer
Amanda B. Moniz
David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy
National Museum of American History

Panelist
David J. Skorton
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Keynote

Darren Walker
President of the Ford Foundation

Why Cultural Philanthropy Matters

David M. Rubenstein
Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents

Project Plié: The American Ballet Theatre’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Interviewer
Irene Hirano Inouye
President, US-Japan Council

Panelists
Cynthia Harvey
Artistic Director, Jackie Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre

Susan Fales-Hill
Former Trustee, American Ballet Theatre

Kirven Douthit-Boyd
Co-Artistic Director, Center of Creative Arts (COCA), St. Louis

Dance performance

Excerpts of “Jewels” from The Sleeping Beauty

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Cynthia Harvey

Morocco Britt-El, Kelly Hicks, Azrielle Smith
Students from the Jackie Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre

The Future of Funding the Arts

Impact Investing Through a Creativity Lens
Laura Callanan
Founding Partner Upstart Co-Lab

The Creative Economy Makes Local Work
Mary Stuart Masterson
Founder of the Stockade Works and Upriver Studios

Next Gen Arts Patrons Are Impact Investors
Sam Bonsey
Senior Director of The ImPact

Arts Bind People to Place & Each Other

Alberto Ibargüen
President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Capturing Culture

Brandon Hill and Peter Chang
No Kings Collective

Closing Remarks

John L. Gray
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History