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February 06, 2011

No. 28: Lin Arison

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Lin Arison

Amount donated in 2010: $39-million

Beneficiary: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

Donor’s background: Mrs. Arison, an author and film producer, is the widow of Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival Cruise Lines. Mr. Arison died in 1999.

Mrs. Arison gave about $39-million to the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, a Miami organization she and her late husband founded in 1981 to identify young, emerging artists and help them at critical points in their careers. She currently serves on its board. Mrs. Arison has designated that the money be used to establish an endowment for the foundation’s YoungArts program. Earnings from the endowment will go toward new arts-education programs for high-school students and teachers.

Mrs. Arison said she was concerned that schools were cutting their arts programs. “Unfortunately, when they’re tightening budgets, they see the arts as frivolous,” she said. “We have to put arts back into the school system.”

The money came from proceeds of the sale of two paintings that Mrs. Arison put up for auction last year. “Le Bassin aux Nymphéas,” by Claude Monet, sold for $22-million; and “Jeanne Hébuterne (au Chapeau),” by Amedeo Modigliani sold for $17-million.

Mrs. Arison is the author of Travels With Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections, a personal memoir and travelogue in which she also explored the history of the impressionists.

— Maria Di Mento

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