Sunday, April 10, 2005

Teresa Heinz Kerry Gifts $4 Million to Warhol Museum

Teresa Heinz Kerry is in the news once again as she continues her work as a philanthropist and environmentalist. Sandy recently posted a piece about Teresa addressing 250 doctors and scientists on the impact of environmental problems on human health, at a conference at the Herberman Conference Center in Pittsburgh.

Teresa is one of our country’s leading environmentalists. “In September 2003, she was presented with the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Humanitarianism for her work protecting the environment, promoting health care and education and uplifting women and children throughout the world.”

Last night, Teresa announced “a gift of $4 million to the endowment that helps fortify Pittsburgh's lively, provocative hub of contemporary art and popular culture” at the “Spike-a-Delic Gala, dinner and dance party held at the South Side Works, a new development created by Warhol board member Damian Soffer.”

She said that the museum's founders had hoped it to "add to Pittsburgh's stature as a center for the arts" and it has succeeded in accomplishing that goal.

In 2001, the Andy Warhol Museum opened an exhibition titled "Without Sanctuary," a series of horrific photographs that showed lynchings of blacks in the United States.

In the endowment's prepared statement, Heinz Kerry praised Tom Sokolowski, the Warhol's director, for bringing the exhibition to Pittsburgh.

"What made that exhibit so successful was all the work Tom Sokolowski and the museum staff put into community outreach and education," Heinz Kerry said.

" ... People left not just provoked or saddened, but also more thoughtful, and perhaps even wiser. That is the hallmark of a great institution, and of great art."



Blogger DynamicDems said...

This is uplifting, but it makes me sad when I think of what a wonderful first lady THK would have been. Our loss.

During the Presidental campaign, the pundits were very cruel to her. Teresa is an important person in her own right and it was horrible to hear the pundits talk about JK needing to "muzzle" her. It makes my blood boil that there is still such a double-standard for women in this country. Laura Bush is what women are still supposed to be: smile pretty (if somewhat crazily) and say NOTHING!

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