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Lending Hands

Elle Cashin, Ariel Cheung, Laura Hine, Jaclyn Jermyn & Andrea Mills | October 31, 2018 | Feature Features National

These inspiring Chicagoans are making it their life's work to make life better for everyone.
Elizabeth Glassman (from left) and Amy Zinck launched Art Design Chicago this year.

Elizabeth Glassman & Amy Zinck
Two powerhouses are sharing the energy of American art with Chicago and beyond.

For 40 years, the Terra Foundation for American Art has been sharing its extensive art collection and offering financial backing to institutions around the world. But of late, its attention has focused on its hometown. This year, President and CEO Elizabeth Glassman and Executive Vice President Amy Zinck partnered with more than 75 cultural organizations to launch Art Design Chicago, a yearlong celebration with more than 30 exhibitions dedicated to the city’s artistic past, present and future. “One of the through lines for the foundation is the belief that art can distinguish cultures and unite them,” says Zinck. Glassman and Zinck have been thrilled to facilitate new discoveries—Chicagoans delving into their city’s art scene, and curators attending shows and thinking about what comes next. “One of the reasons we did this was to be the beginning of the conversation; to inspire more stories of Chicago’s great artists,” says Glassman. For instance, the Charles White retrospective that closed at the Art Institute in September will make its way to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next year. “Someone had that exhibit idea in a drawer for years,” says Glassman. “But it’s when someone like us says ‘Now is the time!’—I think that’s important. The discovery is so exciting.” –JJ

Michael Klein
This CEO is as results-driven in his philanthropy as he is in his businesses.

“I’m a cause-and-effect person,” says Michael Klein, CEO of remodeling firm The Airoom Companies, who has been on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation board of directors since 2005. “We used to give more generally, but now our giving targets valve replacement and stem cell research.” Klein developed this laser-sharp focus when his then 2-hour-old son started to turn blue because of a congenital aortic valve defect. His son is now a healthy 22-year-old, but Klein knows that many other children face the same diagnosis with fewer resources. Klein started his involvement by funding the installation of a much-needed image and record system at Lurie, and now focuses on funding research that will show results in the near term. Situations like his son’s “wake you up to the realities of life, especially when young kids are involved,” he says. “You want to solve some of the world’s inequities.” This year’s Children’s Ball, which raises funds for innovative biomedical research at Lurie Children’s Hospital, is set for Dec. 1. 6:30pm, tickets $1,000, Hilton Chicago –LH

Glassman and Zinck hair and makeup by Rachel Leipzig



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