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Leading Voices

Conversations on Preservation, Resilience, and Cultural Philanthropy

Historic New England presents a new five-part streaming series, Leading Voices: Conversations on Preservation, Resilience, and Cultural Philanthropy

Leading Voices highlights cultural and philanthropic leaders from the United States and abroad discussing the critical, multi-faceted role private philanthropy plays in building, protecting, and ensuring our cultural fabric.

May 12

Carol Coletta, President and CEO of Memphis River Parks Partnership and a leading influencer on placemaking, and Candelaria Silva-Collins, Chair of the Designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation, consultant on cultural economic development and creative entrepreneurship, children’s book author, and facilitator

Preservationists, whether through the protection of buildings, priceless archives and objects, landscapes, or entire communities, have always been in the forefront of cultural and community resilience. This Leading Voices program features a conversation between two individuals, Carol Coletta and Candelaria Silva-Collins, who have played key roles in projects that have helped to transform major cities and public spaces around the U.S. They also have been both grantor and grantee, giving them an unusually insightful perspective on the roles of community and private and public partnerships. Read more. 

May 19

Dena Kaye, President of the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Margery Arent Safir, Founder and Artistic Director of the Paris-based Arts Arena, and President and Director of The Arts Arena International, and Alexandre de Vogüé, who, with his family, owns and runs the world-famous heritage site, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Much of philanthropy is personal—people respond to a cause or individual that resonates with them. In this program, three exceptional, resourceful leaders in the world of international culture and heritage philanthropy, all currently in France, speak to individual commitment in philanthropy. Dena Kaye, a self-described eclectic philanthropist, is at the center of a conversation with Margery Arent Safir and Alexandre de Vogüé, whose non-profits are the recipients of her very personal philanthropy.  Read more. 

May 26

Linda Johnson, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library and former President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, and Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Amir Pasic, Dean of the country’s first school of philanthropy and uniquely situated to share insights into current trends in cultural philanthropy, and Linda Johnson, head of one of the nation’s largest public library systems, discuss the critical role public/private philanthropy is playing in supporting public institutions, particularly as those organizations become increasingly multi-dimensional in the services provided to their communities. Read more.

June 2

Pamela Fiori, former Editor in Chief of Town & Country, and Marc Rosen, award-winning fragrance, cosmetic, and fashion packaging designer, author, educator, and philanthropist

Both Pamela Fiori and Marc Rosen are groundbreakers in the beauty, fragrance, culture, and publishing worlds and are intimately familiar with the power of individual philanthropy, each receiving esteemed recognition for their own philanthropic leadership. Their personal observations in this Leading Voices program draw on Pamela’s experiences as legendary editor of Town & Country and other influential publications, and Marc’s inspiring creative work and celebration and preservation of objects in these areas. Read more.

June 9

Elizabeth Diller, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), and Susan Whiting, Chair of the Board of the National Women’s History Museum and former Vice Chair of Nielsen

Two distinguished women, Elizabeth Diller, one of the world’s leading architects whose acclaimed cross-genre work on cultural and civic projects includes The High Line, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the latest MoMA expansion in New York, The Broad in Los Angeles, ICA Boston, and Moscow’s Zaryadye Park, and Susan Whiting, who leads the evolution of The National Women’s History Museum to include its first place in Washington, D.C., and most recently served as vice chair of Nielsen, the largest global research company, share their thoughts on the challenges of building cultural centers, the power of design to inspire participation, and the process that leads to successful projects. Read more.