Jean Shafiroff Hosts
The Power of Art to Heal
Hotel Croydon Miami Beach
Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff,
with Nathan & Alan Lieberman of the South Beach Group
Hotels, hosted the Power of Art to Heal at the Hotel
Croydon Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami 2017.
The event was
inspired by Mrs. Shafiroff’s desire to add a philanthropic
element to the week’s events. “We all know art heals,” says Mrs.
Shafiroff, citing art therapy utilized to treat those in need
such as children battered by domestic abuse, veterans and
individuals from war-torn countries suffering from PTSD, and
incarcerated individuals for whom describing trauma might not be
possible. “Art therapy is a common method of treatment by
charitable organizations,” says Mrs. Shafiroff.
Shafiroff, Alan Lieberman, Diane Lieberman, Lee Fryd, real
estate developer Jonathan Fryd, Karen Fryd, Eric
Demarchelier, Catherine Demarchelier, Catherine Rodstein, Missy
Hargraves, Cydni Duran, Joe Swedroe, Jack Acoco, Ruth Miller,
Joyce Moore, Lisa Konsker, Randi Schatz, Sir Ivan Wilzig,
Svetlana Nevodtchikova, Steve Knobel, Nicole Noonan,
Marie-Claire Gladstone, Kevin Berlin, Tiffany Masters, Mark
Henkin, Julie Lamb, Jill Brooke and Barbara Agozzino.
Mrs. Shafiroff felt that Art Basel Miami was the perfect event
to draw attention to the role art can play in healing, and to
bring the issue to the forefront of the minds of the influential
art dealers, artists, exhibitors, and attendees. Mrs. Shafiroff
hopes that art fairs, artists, dealers and art patrons might
explore how they can further contribute to the communities that
they work in and visit. In honor of the event, Mrs. Shafiroff
will make a donation The South Florida Youth Foundation,
founded and directed by Karen Fryd.
About The South Florida Youth Foundation:
The South Florida Youth Foundation (SFYF) began
by providing educational supplies to the neediest schools in
Miami’s inner-city. This engagement grew by building
relationships with the City of Miami Police Department and
Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Through concerned teachers and
officers, the organization’s director, Karen Fryd, has been able
to understand and engage with the poorest pockets of poverty.
This has enabled an involvement for twenty years to directly
address challenged situations in a grass-roots manner and
getting quick results.
Projects have included: funding programs for disabled children,
school supply drives, tickets to the arts, providing food for
senior citizens, programs to incentivize better grades in
school, assisting youth in attending college, programs to assist
foster children, planting gardens, sponsoring music programs,
prom programs, helping to create “The Shop” (a store where
everything is free for students), opening a school library, and
assisting in direct needs such as helping with electric bills
and paying for hotels for families as they await placement in
shelters, among others. All money donated to the SFYF goes
directly to needs; not one dollar is spent on overhead.
The mission of The South Florida Youth Foundation: To help
children achieve their fullest potential through education and
to help break the cycle of poverty.