Brett Ratner Donates $1 Million To Oscars Museum
Brett Ratner is best known for his work on the Rush Hour trilogy and his upcoming Hercules picture, but the director made waves May 30th for his contribution to the arts. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same Academy that picks Oscar winners every year, launched its campaign to finance its own museum in 2012, and with Ratner’s contribution they are more than halfway to their $300 million goal. Ratner says, “I’m blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum [and] couldn’t be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema’s greatest work.” Bob Iger, chairman of the financing campaign thanks Ratner for his contribution explaining that, “Thanks to the generosity of founding supporters like Brett, we are now able to…build a museum dedicated to the history and future of movies.” The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is slated to open in 2017 in the fully restored Streamline Moderne building in Beverly Hills. The design for the museum includes restored street fronts for the 1939 building as well as a new, contemporary architecture and a wing housing the David Geffen Theatre.
Adrienne Arsht Presented with Diplomatic Honor From Spain
Noted ambassador and diplomat to Spain Ramón Gil-Casares presented the prestigious diplomatic honor, Orden de Isabel la Católica (Translation: Order of the Cross of Isabella the Catholic) to philanthropist Adrienne Arsht in Washington D.C., early in June, where the Haute-lister has a home. The nearly 200- year- old medal, with its intricate gold and yellow ribbon details, is presented to both Spaniards and foreigners alike for their contributions toward Spanish-speaking countries. Arsht, with her generous contributions to now-established institutions such as New York’s Lincoln Center and Miami’s Center for the Performing Arts, recently donated $5 million to Atlantic Council to build a new center in Latin America.
Terra Group Breaks Ground On Grove At Grand Bay With Bjarke Ingels
Terra Group held their ground-breaking bash for the Grove at Grand Bay on June 5th with starchitect Bjarke Ingels and Haute 100 developers David and Pedro Martin. The bay front Coconut Grove project is known for its two twisting Ingels-designed towers, who recently won the Wall Street Journal’s “Architectural Innovator of the Year.” The towers, one of which is already sold out, have 98 spacious, luxuriously appointed units that start at $3 million. The project will be LEED-certified and brings back a lot of greenery to the Grove with the help of integrated landscaping by Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The project has drawn the interest of architecture fans around the world and a lot of international buyers. “Our family wants to build great buildings,” explained David Martin. “Earlier in our career we played it safe, but if we can be the developer with the most amazing architects in the world, with that expertise, that’s the secret right now.” The Martins aim to reinvigorate Coconut Grove with the towers and additional investment and initiatives.
Craig Robins Speaks at MAM Corporate Luncheon
On May 22nd the Miami Art Museum hosted their Sixth Annual Corporate Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental. A packed house looked on while MAM presented their 2013 Corporate Honors to awardees who are committed to South Florida’s cultural community and MAM. Guests included museum benefactor Jorge Perez, Walid Wahab, and mayor Carlos Giménez. Honorary Chair Craig Robins, a developer known for infusing his projects with high-quality art and culture, was the guest speaker. Robins told interesting stories about his history in transforming South Beach with the late Tony Goldman and revolutionary projects like AQUA. He also explained why, after successfully bringing design stores back to the Design District, they are now adding fashion and dining into the mix. “We became one of the most successful furniture neighborhoods in the country. But, the problem with a great furniture neighborhood is that you don’t attract a lot of people. How often do you buy a couch?”
Loren Ridinger Honored at Cosmo’s Fun, Fearless Latina Awards
Loren Ridinger was honored recently by Cosmo for Latinas’ Fun, Fearless Latina Awards. The Senior Vice-President of Market America was one of 11 Latinas (and one Latino) recognized and invited to speak by the magazine during a luncheon at the Hearst Tower in New York City. Ridinger joins actress Michelle Rodriguez, app developer Magaly Chocano, and others being recognized for fascinating and outstanding contributions in their fields over the last year. Michelle Herrera-Mulligan, the Editor-in- Chief of Cosmo Latina, was thrilled about the awards, explaining that the honorees are “Not only reinventing their industries, but their achievements are also opening the door for the next generation of Latina men and women.” On her site, LorensWorld.com, Ridinger said that she “…feels honored and flattered to have attended [the awards] with so many amazing women.” Ridinger spoke at and live-tweeted from the event.