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The American Folk Art Museum's 2009 Annual Benefit Evening

The American Folk Art Museum’s
 2009 Annual Benefit Evening
at the Tribeca Rooftop


Jean Shafiroff, Yaz Hernandez, Sarah Wolfe and Gillian Miniter
Photo by:Nick Hunt of Patrick McMullan Company


New York City - Dick and Laura Parsons with Valentin and Yaz Hernandez hosted the American Folk Art Museum’s 2009 Annual Benefit Evening at the Tribeca Rooftop in celebration of Advocates for the Arts.   

This year’s benefit bestowed the honor of Advocates for the Arts upon a distinguished group of individuals, philanthropists, and museum partners who are involved in sustaining and supporting cultural life in New York.  The 2009 Advocates for the Arts award recipients were Uma Thurman’s fiancée financier Arpad Busson, art collector David L. Davies, author Adam Gopnik, antique-dealer brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno, art collectors Taryn and Mark Leavitt, Chevalier of Arts and Letters Award recipient Dorothy Lichtenstein, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, past president of the Folk Art Society Jeffrey H. Pressman, Architectural Digest’s editor Paige Rense, and architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Among the gala’s guests were: Emily Frick, Lucy and Mike Danziger, Stephen Lash, Tom and Diane McGrath, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Judy and Peter Price, Sarah and Louis Wolfe, Robert and Marjorie Hirschhorn, Henry Buhl, Betsey Pochoda editor of The Magazine Antiques, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Armstrong, and Maria Ann Conelli Executive Director of the American Folk Art Museum. 

The evening raised $584,380, which will go towards the American Folk Art’s exhibitions and award winning educational programs that serve more than 8,000 New York City public school children each year. 

About the American Folk Art Museum:

The American Folk Art Museum is the nation's leading organization dedicated to the field of folk art. Each year, the museum serves more than 165,000 from across the nation, around the world, and from all walks of life. The museum enjoys a distinguished history of presenting high-quality, original exhibitions and enriching education and public programs that provide children and adults of all ages with a better understanding and appreciation of our nation's diverse cultural heritage through folk art. In addition, the museum serves as a source of scholarship in the field through scholarly catalogs, and its website and research library.  The American Folk Art Museum is located at
45 West 53 Street, New York City



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