Philanthropy and being an artist.

By June 6, 2018Articles

Philanthropy and being an artist!


It made my day when an artist, whom I’ve selected to participate in Florence Biennale 2019, said to me” You are not only an artist or jurist but in my opinion, you are a philanthropist!”

Learning about the definition of philanthropist, it is the one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare, a person who practices and involved in goodwill to his/her fellow members of the human race. Shouldn’t we all carry ourselves in such manners? How beautiful life could be if we did? Is it something to brag about or feel happy that we can be? “There is always more happiness in given than is in receiving”. No wonder why the Creator is the greatest Artist!

Searching further for examples of the word “Philanthropy”, I came across the following:

  • Among his converts was Arthur Tappan, a New York textile merchant and philanthropistwho sheltered and guided the development of the antislavery movement through its long early years by dint of sheer openhandedness. —Marilynne Robinson, TheDeath of Adam, (1998) 2005.
  • John D. was indisputably a great philanthropist. He took care of his family first, of course; but he founded the University of Chicago in 1892, the Rockefeller Institute (now Rockefeller University) in 1901, and the Rockefeller Foundation in 1911, and made other substantial gifts along the way. —Robert M. Solow, NewRepublic, 23 Dec. 2002.
  • You had to admire it and admire the man, who sat now like a benign locust, his slender in sectile body swamped in a black leather chair, leaning over the desk, all smiles, a parasite disguised as a philanthropist. —Zadie Smith, WhiteTeeth, 2000
  • A hundred-and-one-year-old Jewish philanthropistin Hartsdale named Henry J. Gaisman donated two and a quarter million dollars to the Archdiocese to purchase the property and preserve the integrity of the landmark. —Brendan Gill, NewYorker, 10 June 1991.
  • For many years, Microsoft has used corporate philanthropyto bring technology to people who can’t get it otherwise, donating more than $3 billion in cash and software to try to bridge the digital divide. —Bill Gates, Time, 11 Aug. 2008.
  • Cooper, born in New York City in 1791, was himself an inventor and a hands-on industrialist, whose fortune got its start in the glue business, greatly expanded in the iron industry, eventually included more than half the telegraph lines in the United States, and was significantly invested in philanthropyand the cause of public education. —John Updike, NewYork Review of Books, 10 Aug. 2006.
  • In conditions of anarchy, a crude and violent order, based upon brute force and psychopathic ruthlessness, soon establishes itself, which regards philanthropynot as a friend but as an enemy and a threat. —Theodore Dalrymple, NationalReview, 26 Sept. 2005.
  • The family’s philanthropymade it possible to build the public library. Among the industrialist’s philanthropies was a college scholarship fund for deserving students from the inner city.
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