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  • Shelley Frost Rubin
Shelley Rubin

Shelley Frost Rubin is the Chair and Co-founder””along with her husband Donald Rubin””of the Rubin Museum of Art, which opened its doors to the public in 2004 to exhibit their collection of Himalayan art and share the wisdom and teachings of the region with contemporary audiences. A philanthropist and cultural leader who believes that art and cultural enrichment have the power to change lives, she is Chair of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, which was established in 1995 to support arts and cultural organizations through grants that provide opportunities for creative engagement with issues that affect all members of society, particularly under-served communities. The Foundation’s “Art and Social Justice Initiative” focused on New York City and its environs, is the subject of the two-volume publication An Incomplete Archive of Activist Art, and includes documentation of exhibitions organized at The 8th Floor, the Foundation’s gallery and event space. In 2011, Shelley founded A Blade of Grass (ABOG), the first grant-making nonprofit solely dedicated to nurturing socially engaged art, and she remained on the board until 2022 when a new model of artist-centered leadership was established. Shelley is a Trustee Emeritus of Human Rights Watch””where she helped to establish the Miami City Committee””and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center; an Honorary Board Member of The Interfaith Center of New York; and a Life Trustee of WNET.

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