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$3 Million Gift for New Signature Theater Company Home

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

By Patrick Healy for The New York Times — The family foundation of Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg has made its largest donation to an arts organization, $3 million to Signature Theater Company for its new Off Broadway home set to open in February. James Houghton, artistic director of the theater company, announced the gift for the Signature Center complex on Thursday and said that in appreciation the centerpiece stairway would be named the Diller-von Furstenberg Grand Staircase.

Mr. Houghton said that Mr. Diller, the chairman of IAC and Expedia, and Ms. Von Furstenberg, the designer, were introduced to Signature by the actor Edward Norton, who is a board member of the theater company and a co-chairman of its capital campaign.The couple’s foundation has donated to New York education, arts, and civic organizations since its creation in 1999, including a $20 million gift this fall for further expansion of the High Line park on the West Side of Manhattan.

The $66 million Signature Center project, designed by Frank Gehry, includes city financial support and several major gifts from board members and others, including a $5 million donation in honor of the playwright Romulus Linney, whose name was bestowed on one of its three new theaters. Signature, which Mr. Houghton founded in 1991, is moving into the center on West 42nd Street this winter from its single-theater home farther west on the same street.

American Tall Ship Institute Receives Support from Alex von Furstenberg

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Alex von Furstenberg Lends Support to ATSI Youth Programming

Alexander von Furstenberg and The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation have granted a $10,000 endowment to the American Tall Ship Institute, an educational non-profit based in Oxnard, California targeted at youth ages 9-18.

Founded in 2007 by Captain Stephen Taylor, the mission of ATSI is to “encourage positive youth and community development through environmentally aware, curriculum-based, ocean-centered programs.”  Using ships as teaching tools to connect youth to the environment, ATSI partners with local youth service organizations, school districts and gang intervention programs.

Alex von Furstenberg has long supported educational and environmental programming in Southern California.  Alex recently pledged multi-year support to environmental organization Heal The Bay, and has sponsored day camps organized by Surfer’s Healing, another local non-profit that fuses a passion for the ocean with children’s causes. 

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For more on the American Tall Ship Institute, please visit:

http://americantallship.org/mission.html

Sun Valley Media Conference 2010

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Media moguls, business leaders, political figures and philanthropists gathered in Sun Valley, Idaho for Allen & Company’s annual retreat last week.  The conference, which began on Tuesday, July 7th and continued through the week, has become a significant event for “discussing potential media/technology deals and industry gossip, as well as [for] high-level networking.”

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Ali Kay, co-founder and designer of Keep Me Co., left, Alex von Furstenberg, co-managing member and chief investment officer of Arrow Capital Management LLC, second from left, Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Expedia Inc., second from right, and Sydney Shapiro arrive for morning sessions at the 28th annual Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Friday, July 9, 2010. Photo courtesy of Matthew Staver/Bloomberg.

ALLEN & CO CONFERENCE

http://topics.wsj.com/subject/m/Management/3200/photos/51134ba091a240c48319ea22e2183392

The Whitney to Honor Alexander von Furstenberg

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Alex von Furstenberg accepts The Whitney Museum's 2010 American Art Award

Alex von Furstenberg accepts the 2010 American Art Award

The Whitney Museum will pay tribute Alexander von Furstenberg and The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation for their “sustained commitment to the artistic and cultural heritage of the arts in America” at the Museum’s 19th annual gala dinner on May 6th.

The gala signifies the inaugural event at The Whitney’s future downtown site at Gansevoort and Washington Streets in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  Alex von Furstenberg will be presented with the American Art Award, which will be accompanied by the unveiling of a large-scale collaborative commission from American artists Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker.  The first of three installations in an exhibition collectively titled “Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown,” Guyton/Kelley’s work can be viewed publically from the High Line from May 8th through June 23rd; subsequent six-week installations by Tauba Auerbach and Barbara Kruger will follow.

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For more coverage of the May 6th event, please click on the links below:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703674704575234430135310668.html?mod=WSJ_article_RecentColumns

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/whitney-supporters-try-out-a-new-locale/