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Saturday, February 06, 2016
Ruth Shack Cultural Champion 2016
CULTURAL CHAMPION AWARD: HONORING RUTH SHACK’S PIONEERING LEADERSHIP
THAT CHAMPIONED A CULTURAL EVOLUTION
─ Presented by Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust ─
Ruth Shack (photo courtesy of The Miami Foundation)
The Cultural Champion Award 2016 honors Ruth Shack , presented byGibraltar Private Bank & Trust on February 9, 2016. The
award ceremony and reception will feature national arts leaders and
cultural luminaries celebrating Ruth Shack’s pioneering leadership that
helped Miami evolve into a globally renowned cultural destination.
The private, invitation-only event takes place on Tuesday, February 9
(6-8pm) on the terrace of Gibraltar Private’s headquarters in Coral
“Ruth Shack’s leadership contributions are far reaching, to national and international levels,” said Adolfo Henriques(Chairman and CEO of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust).
“Cultural pioneers like Ruth Shack paved the way. Presenting this Cultural Champion Award
to Ruth means so much to so many, including national arts leaders,
international philanthropists, artists, performers and cultural
visionaries. Her accomplishments are legendary,” said Henriques.
Shack championed Miami-Dade County's first historic preservation
ordinance. Photo of Miami Beach's historic Art Deco District (from the
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau)
The Cultural Champions
series of annual events began in 2012 during Art Basel Miami Beach,
with national and international media coverage praising its singular theme of recognizing cultural pioneers who created the foundation for artistic growth at the community level. TheMiami Herald praised the first Cultural Champions event for presenting a new angle whose time had come -“Art Week Miami kicked off as it perhaps always should but never has: with a tribute to the city’s arts-loving pioneers.”
The newspaper featured this question poised to Shack - “So just how much has the city changed, art-wise? Shack’s reply - “Miami has become everything we ever anticipated and hoped for. It keeps on growing and getting better.”
Today, the influence of Miami’s cultural
communities radiates throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia
and the Caribbean.
Christo and Jean-Claude's "Surrounded Islands," Biscayne Bay, Miami 1980-1983.
Photo courtesy of the Lowe art Museum. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz. Copyright Christo 1984.) Pioneer Leadership During a Pivotal Time Ruth
Shack’s pioneering cultural highlights offer a glimpse into a time-line
that shaped and defined today’s Miami. She was elected to the
Metro-Dade Commission (now known as the Miami-Dade County Commission) in
1976, 1978 and 1982.
These years – 1976-1986 - are recognized as pivotal to the area’s growing prominence, and many of the era’s most important cultural milestones were championed by Ruth Shack.
She led the charge amongst her fellow Commissioners to approve Christo’s Surrounded Islands
project that shined the global spotlight on Miami as an arts
destination. Ruth Shack sponsored the County’s first historic
preservation ordinance, and urged reconsideration by municipalities to
recognize the value of their historic resources, including South Beach’s
Art Deco District.
of Ruth Shack by Martin Kreloff, 2016 (Created by Martin Kreloff for
Miami's Cultural Champion Award, Presented by Gibraltar Private Bank
A History-Making Legacy that Continues Today Ruth
Shack has been honored for her contributions in a remarkably broad set
of fields. She has received the highest award for her commitment to civil rights by the ACLU; to philanthropy by Leave a Legacy and The Association of Fund Raising Executives; to leadership by the Miami Foundation, to the humanities by the Miami-Dade Public Library System; to human rights by the LGBTQ Task Force; and to the arts by the Knight Foundation.
Her service has included serving as Vice Chair
of the Council on Foundations and Chair of its Management Committee; on
the Board of the Community Foundations for Youth; and the Board of
Funders Concerned about AIDS. She is a member of the Bertelsmann
Foundations' Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and was Chair of
the Communications Network. She was a Founder and former Chair of the
Florida Philanthropic Network and Founder-Chair of the Alliance for
Human Services. Along
with her late husband Richard Shack, she has supported, through the 60
years during which she has lived in Miami, many emerging artists and
served on Boards of nascent artistic organizations and community art
centers. Together they developed one of the area’s most significant art
Shack served as President of the Dade Community
Foundation, now known as The Miami Foundation, from 1985-2009 where she
spearheaded the campaign to foster philanthropy and charitable giving by
developing a permanent endowment to meet Greater Miami’s emerging
charitable needs. Her legacy continues with the “Ruth and Richard Shack
Society” recognizing the Foundation’s most generous philanthropists.
Each year, The Miami Foundation and Leave a Legacy present the “Ruth
Shack Leadership Award” to one of Miami’s most promising young leaders
of today. The Cultural Champion Award Honorary Host Committee members are:
Alberto Ibarguen (CEO of the Knight Foundation); Arva Moore Parks (author & historian); Barbara Young (former Art Historian for MDC Public Libraries); Beth Boone (Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project); David Lawrence (Board Chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida); Eduardo Padron (President of Miami Dade College); Franklin Sirmans (Director of Perez Art Museum Miami); Javier Alberto Soto (President & CEO of the Miami Foundation); John Richard (President & CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center); Jordana Pomeroy (Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU); Teresa Weintraub (Managing Director at Merrill Lynch); Toni & Carl Randolph (arts activists); Wendy Kallergis (President & CEO of the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association); and William Talbert, III (CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau).
Adolfo Henriques, Chairman and CEO of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust
About Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust Celebrating
its 21 years, Gibraltar Private is an integrated private banking and
wealth advisory company dedicated to enhancing the wealth and well-being
of its clients and their families. Gibraltar offers residential and
commercial lending, private banking and wealth management services to
professionals and professional service firms, corporate executives,
families, entrepreneurs and their businesses. Gibraltar Private has
eight full-service offices with its headquarters in Coral Gables,
offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, South Miami, Naples,
Ocean Reef, West Palm Beach and New York. For more information on
Gibraltar Private, visit gibraltarprivate.com
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Note to Editors: Media
interviews with Ruth Shack and Adolfo Henriques available upon request.
Media credentials to attend the event on Feb. 9 may be requested via
email to: email@example.com.
Photos are available (including the 2016 Cultural Champion portrait of
Ruth Shack by Martin Kreloff, whose retrospective “Miami Says Art”
launched the Miami’s Cultural Champions series of events in 2012).
Ruth Shack (photo courtesy of The Miami Foundation)