AMM Charity Spotlight: ETA

Tony Bennett and AMM Reiss

"When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art." Tony Bennett


In 2001, Iconic singer, painter, and philanthropist, Tony Bennett, and his wife Susan Benedetto, founded The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school, which they fund through their non-profit organization, Exploring the Arts. You can learn more and become involved at www.exploringthearts.org

AMM Spotlight: The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence

Sable Elyse Smith

"There is something really special about being a part of this tremendous legacy and the immediate access or the kind of intimacy that creates." Sable Elyse Smith


Since 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem has consistently identified and supported some of the most critically recognized artists working today—from David Hammons and Kerry James Marshall, to Julie Mehretu, Mickalene Thomas, and more recently Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kevin Beasley, and Jordan Casteel.

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AMM Feature: Omiros, a Great Master Unveiled and Discovered

Atelier Omiros, Bedford New York

"I remember thinking, ‘This art is different, it’s intense and it’s magnificent!’ I was told that Omiros made the paintings." Lawrence Benenson


On a crisp December 15th, 2018 evening, just forty miles from Manhattan, in Bedford New York, many received an early holiday gift. A great master was unveiled and discovered. Atelier Omiros introduced the Atelier as the home of the artist that was known as Omiros. www.atelieromiros.com

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AMM Insight with Artist & Philanthropist Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons and AMM Reiss

“Just as I experience my own possibility, and want more, I would hope that viewers also experience their own possibilities, and want more.” Jeff Koons


Jeff Koons at Keep Memory Alive’s inspiring, Power of Love Gala, with proceeds benefitting Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. You can learn more or become involved at www.keepmemoryalive.org

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Charity spotlight: JBJ Soul Kitchen

Bon Jovi and AMM Reiss

“Our mission has always been to affect positive change and address the issues of hunger and homelessness," Jon Bon Jovi.


There are two locations of Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea's volunteer-run Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. They wanted to create a community where diners pay if they can. Unlike a standard soup kitchen, diners of all socioeconomic backgrounds sit together at communal tables, as the restaurant serves both paying customers and those in need.


Visit www.jbjsoulkitchen.org to learn more.

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AMM Inspiration: Gonna Fly Now

Creed 40 years later

"Once in a man's life, for one mortal moment, he must make a grab for immorality; if not, he has not lived." Sylvester Stallone


While writing Rocky, Stallone painted a picture, “On Finding Rocky,” to help explore the inner workings and soul of his inspiring and iconic Rocky character....Carol Connors fondly remembers the moment she came up with the words for the scene when Rocky runs up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was in the shower replaying the scene and melody in her mind when she came up with the iconic three words, “Gonna Fly Now.”

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AMM Philanthropy Innovation Spotlight: United Way

United Way CEO Brian Gallagher and AMM Reiss

"United Way is opening their arms to the future of philanthropy." Brian Gallagher.


The first-ever global platform that connects employees, customers and partners with the causes they care about the most. Philanthropy Cloud will not only make giving accessible, easier and more effective—it will change the face of philanthropy as we know and understand it.

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Meet Peter Max

Peter Max and AMM Reiss

As a Yogi my true feelings about my life is a line stated in yoga "Love all and serve all.” Peter Max


Although most link the Beatles with bringing awareness of yoga to the public it was Max who actually brought yoga into the mainstream in the United States. "I received a phone call from George Harrison, with Ringo, proudly telling me that they also had their own Swami Maharishi Mahesh in England."

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AMM talks with Springsteen photographer, Barbara Pyle

Springsteen and Clarence Clemons

"I had the remarkable good fortune to spend most of the last Born to Run months in the studio with Bruce and the band." Barbara Pyle


Barbara Pyle captured Springsteen and the E-Street Band as they were skyrocketed to stardom. She is also one of the only photographers who has ever been given access inside the recording studio while Springsteen is working...after being given such access, it became a mission.

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Jennifer Hudson supports Stand Up To Cancer

Jennifer Hudson and Reiss

"Dreams do come true. If anyone's proof of that, it's me." Jennifer Hudson


Jennifer Hudson has come a long way since American Idol. She's launched a successful recording career, won an Academy Award, and is a judge on the hit show The Voice. Stand Up To Cancer is a non-profit organization that raises money for cancer research. www.standuptocancer.org

AMM talks with Domingo Zapata

Zapata and Reiss

"My dad was a car painter and my mom was a tailor so I guess I was surrounded by paint and creativity since I was born." Domingo Zapata


Zapata is best known for his signature “Polo” series which first gained him critical acclaim. His clients include Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and the investment bank Goldman Sachs. He often draws on his experiences as a songwriter, working with Michael Jackson.

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AMM Featured Philanthropist: Barbara Lazaroff

Barbara Lazaroff

“Live your life in full color, with exuberance and purpose and passion—be a person of integrity, resilience and generosity.” Barbara Lazaroff


Ms. Barbara Lazaroff, co-founder with Chef Puck of the Wolfgang Puck brand, was inducted into the Platinum Circle for her innovative concepts of her acclaimed restaurants such as, Granita, Eureka, and Spago Beverly Hills. Barbara is highly recognized as a community activist and philanthropist.

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AMM Philanthropist Spotlight: Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon and Reiss

"I've been a philanthropist for all my life, and... I've had many involvements in humanitarian and environmental issues." Julian Lennon


Lennon is devoted to the White Feather Foundation and the Whale Dreamers Organization; organizations which promote the co-existence of all species and the health and well-being of the Earth. Julian Lennon has a new children's book, "Touch The Earth." To learn more please visit www.julianlennon.com/charity

Lincoln Center President (2013-2016) Jed Bernstein

Lincoln Center

"Technology is the single most influential tool to embrace as we pursue our goal of creating a worldwide arts community." Jed Bernstein


Lincoln Center is one of the cornerstones of New York City’s culture, consisting of a campus of 11 organizations focused on music, dance and theatre. Together, they bring thousands of performances to life each year.

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AMM Charity Spotlight: Peter Tunney and Gods Love We Deliver

Peter Tunney and AMM Reiss

"I love how they greet and take care of us. God’s Love is always there when I need them." A Client


Artist and Philanthropist Peter Tunney along with other artists recently unveiled The Lost Warhols. These unique creations stemming from a Warhol photo session were auctioned with proceeds going to Gods Love We Deliver. God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook.

https://www.glwd.org/give/donate.jsp

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Mickey Hart: ‘Grateful Dead’ Drummer Creates Painting Rhythm

Grateful Dead

"These works have been drummed, vibrated into existence. This technique is essential in the creation of my art.” Mickey Hart


Deadheads and new fans will now have a chance to experience Hart, legendary percussiionist for the Greateful Dead, utilizing an entire new art form grown from his love of rhythm. The three time Grammy award winner embarks on premiering his pulsing works as a painter.

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AMM Artist Spotlight: Skyler Grey

Skyler Grey at work

"Art isn't just the paint I put on the canvas...It's such a universal thing...Your thoughts are art." Skyler Grey


As the youngest artist ever to be internationally exhibited, Skyler Grey is a rising star on the LA street art scene. After the tragic loss of his mother at age 2 and subsequent placement in therapy that involved art and drawing, Grey’s father noticed his son’s incredible artistic interest, talent and creativity.

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AMM Artist Spotlight: Nancy Bergman Pantirer

Nancy Bergman Pantirer

"Light enables one to witness the multifaceted properties of color and form." Nancy Bergman Pantirer


Nancy Bergman Pantirer Hidden Agenda Series consists of a pure investigation of fluorescent and phosphorescent paint. This series brings to the art world, surprise, suspense and a theatrical experience and to spectators, work that is successful in divergent illuminations.

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AMM Spotlight: Irish Tenor, Anthony Kearns

Anthony Kearns and Reiss

“Once they’ve started, you can’t shut these guys up!” Martin Sheen:


Anthony Kearns, considered Ireland’s Foremost Tenor, is recognized around the globe for over a decade of extraordinary collaborative work with the PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors. Kearns sings for many causes and charities throughout Ireland and America, including Autism Awareness, music education, and US Veteran’s causes.

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AMM Philanthropy Spotlight: Agent of Change

Rachel Goldstein

"I was always taught to be a ‘giver’ not a ‘taker’. It’s what drove me to start my company with the goal of helping other people." Rachel Goldstein


Rachel P. Goldstein is the Founder and CEO of Agent of Change, a company making a difference in people's lives through its event production, strategic marketing campaigns, and project management. Rachel’s fundamental principle is to provide those who seek change with proper tools to achieve it.

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David Drebin Dreamscapes

"These dreamscapes are aspirational destinations such as New York, Tokyo, California, Italy and the French Riviera amongst many others... I also love making people feel something, anything and hope that my works do that for the viewer." David Drebin

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AMM Philanthropy Spotlight: Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

"Our planet's alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up and take action!" Leonardo DiCaprio

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, they support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.


To learn more please visit

www.leonardodicaprio.org

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AMM Spotlight: Rockstar Philanthropist Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar and Reiss

"It's about the misconception that money is the root of all evil, because the truth of the matter is, that it isn't money at all. You can feed the poor, you can heal the sick, you can make people happy, you can stop a war with money, but it's greed that is the problem ... It's what I discovered by being both rich and poor." Sammy Hagar


Having been raised by a single mother while his father was in jail, Hagar says he knows both sides of the wealth coin better than most. Hagar donates to local food banks in every city he visits on tour, but he says he's always trying to help others — almost to his own detriment.

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AMM Charity Spotlight: Guitar Legends

Robby Krieger, Billy Gibbons, and AMM Reiss

"The chords in 'Light My Fire' are based on [John] Coltrane's version of this song." Robby Kreiger of The Doors


Guitar Legends II raises awareness for those who serve our nation including military, veterans, and first responders. Now in thier third year America Salutes You is proud to present this nationally televised benefit concert that raises funds for the extraordinary non-profits that support mental and brain wellness for these heroes. This year legends included Stephan Stills, Dave Navarro, Robby Krieger, Joe Bonamassa, and was hosted by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

AMM Artist Spotlight: Basquiat protege, Brian Gormley

Brian Gormley

"Art is the ultimate act of being alive." Brian Gormley

Brian Gormley knew Jean-Michel Basquiat well and was influenced by him to create graffiti art. Gormley's graffiti-influenced studio art reflects additional influences of abstract expressionism. Critic Brian Fallon describes Gormley as an heir to abstract expressionism seeing an influence of Jackson Pollock in his more modestly scaled work.

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AMM Spotlight: Albert Diaz; Basquiat beginnings

Al Diaz with AMM Reiss

"Basquiat had my back." Al Diaz

Albert Diaz Selected works at 57 Great Jones street is an exuberant celebration of the friendship and collaboration that Diaz had with Jean Micheal Basquiat who lived and died at that location. The love of collaboration that Basquiat had can be traced to Diaz, who was Basquiat’s earliest collaborator with their famed SAMO tag.

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AMM Fab 5 Freddy insight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Fab Five Freddy and AMM Reiss MOMA Club 57 event

"When Jean-Michel was nice, he was excessively nice. But when he was mean, he could also be excessively mean. He was able to freeze a person up, just with a look. And he was able to hit that same mark with his paintings." Fab 5 Freddy


Fred Brathwaite more popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is an American visual artist, filmmaker, rapper and hip hop pioneer. He emerged in New York's downtown underground creative scene in the late 1970s as a camera operator and a regular guest on Glenn O'Brien's public access cable show TV Party. There he met Chris Stein and Debbie Harry. He was immortalized in 1981 when Harry rapped on the Blondie song "Rapture" that "Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody's fly." In the late 1980s, Fab 5 Freddy became the first host of the groundbreaking and first internationally telecast hip-hop music video show Yo! MTV Raps.

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AMM Spotlight: The Art of the DJ

Samantha Michelle

" It’s all an expression of love, isn’t it? Creation, contribution, communalization and collaboration – I believe that’s what’s at play in charity, art, and music, and so they all work real nicely together." Samantha Michelle


Samantha is a Canadian actress-turned-filmmaker and DJ specializing in 1960s and 70s soul, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, ska and funk. Since moving to NYC, she’s provided the sounds for a series of art, fashion and charity events and has spun for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, The Morrison Hotel Gallery, Soho House, Lululemon, Christie’s, Galore Magazine, Topping Rose House, and Omar’s Park Avenue.

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AMM Non Profit Spotlight: Male Awareness Foundation

Ice T and AMM Reiss

"I make an effort to keep it as real as I possibly can." Ice T


Ice-T, fellow MC, Chubb Rock, along with veteran music manager Mickey Bentson, his wife, Toya Bentson and Dr. Annie Ford, are launching their Male Awareness Foundation. The foundation promotes health through cancer screenings, specifically testicular, colon, pancreatic, oral and other forms of the disease.

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AMM featured Charity: The Felix Organization

DMC and AMM Reiss

“Sheila and I had a dream a decade ago. And now we are amazed and humbled how that dream has turned into a reality. I want these kids to understand that there is no one more special than them in this world.” Darryl DMC McDaniels.


The Felix Organization was co-founded in 2006 by Emmy Award Winning Casting Director Sheila Jaffee and Hip Hop Legend Darryl DMC McDaniels. This unlikely duo are adoptees who met while searching for their birth parents. They bonded instantly and that same year launched not only the charity but it’s signature program Camp Felix, a summer camp specially designed for youth in the foster care system. Since its inception ten years ago, Felix has touched the lives of more than 2,500 children.

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AMM Spotlight: Athlete, Musician, Philanthropist; Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams and Reiss

“I believe that no kid, and I mean NO kid, shouldn’t have the opportunity to play an instrument and learn it. It enriches their lives.” Bernie Williams


Puerto Rican musician and baseball player, Bernie Williams was a member of four World Series championship teams with the Yankees, and is a classically trained guitarist who was nominated for a Grammy. Bernie was honored with the ‘Big Man of the Year’ award by Little Kids Rock, given each year to an individual who help put transformational music classes and modern musical instruments into the hands of low-income school children.

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AMM on The Art of Inspiration and Philanthropy with How You Glow

Jeff Krauss: How did you come up with the idea for How You Glow?

Tara: How You Glow came to be through our desire to explore the vibrancy surrounding us — everything from delicious food, to inspiring people, cool and innovative brands, cutting edge wellness, fulfilling travel, nourishing books, natural beauty products and more.I’m a trained natural foods chef, holistic nutritionist, and yoga teacher; Jessie is a yoga teacher and art therapist; together we combine our expertise into How You Glow and share our quest for all things glow-related with our readers. We initially wanted to create a physical space but then decided to create a space online, a destination for all things GLOW. www.howyouglow.com

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AMM Insights on Positivity with Harry Edelson

Harry Edelson and Reiss

"I'm always good, never sick, always ready to do things." Harry Edelson.



In his book, Positivity, Edelson offers his tried and true methods, into how to live a truly happy and healthy life. Whether it be everyday chores, the stock market, or putting together a multimillion dollar deal, Harry helps us better realize that life is between the ears, and is a truly a state of mind. From tips on how to be smarter through speed reading, mnemonic devices, and math tips to common sense insights on how to be more prosperous. Some people have gotten rich off books on how to get rich, but Edelson has gotten rich and gives insights and tips on how you can too.—Positivity AMM recommends we all practice Positivity by visiting: www.edelsontech.com

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AMM Artist Spotlight: Bret Roberts

“Le Bal de Provence” 2015

"Art is really everything to me. A source of beauty and love when surrounded by sadness or loneliness. A chance to create something can give you a reason to live." Brett Roberts


Bret Roberts is an Alaskan born Painter, poet, actor, musician, film producer— acting in over 60 movies and producing 11. From a family of painters Bret's grandfather was Erling Roberts, the master portraiture and landscape. Bret's unique Human Landscape's have gained acclaim in NYC, New Orleans, and Montpellier, France.

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AMM Cultural Spotlight: Asian American Business Development Center

John Wang and AMM Reiss

"Asian Americans represent the perfect blend of Asian culture with American ideologies...Ultimately, Asian Americans are the individuals at the forefront of bridging US China relations while respecting the values and culture of both nations." John Wang


John Wang established the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) in 1994 because he saw a need to promote greater recognition of Asian American businesses’ contributions to the general economy, and wanted to connect the U.S. and China on projects and investments at a private, corporate, provincial and municipal government level. www.aabdc.com

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Barbara Lazaroff's Featured AMM Charity Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. For more information or to get involved please visit:

http://www.bbbs.org

AMM Artist Spotlight: Terrenceo Hammond

I Wanna Be a Cowboy

From publicly defending his star of David ring in Anti-Semitic Eastern Europe, to showing in art exhibitions despite lacking the money or support of contemporaries, like Ai Weiwei and others, Terrenceo has stayed true to his thought-provoking social commentary and political criticism, always risking himself to get people’s deeper attention.


Hailing from the same time and place of South Central Los Angeles as his contemporary artists, Henry Taylor, Marc Bradford, and Sanford Biggers, Terrenceo took a slightly different path after college.  “I began performance art in the streets of Hollywood. I wanted to do something that didn't depend on me needing to sell artwork all the time and the contradictions that it can sometimes lead to."

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AMM Spotlight: Actor & Musician, Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese and AMM Reiss

"For TV I don't think I could have gotten a better part than Uncle Junior because of the intimacy of the character based on David Chase's brilliant writing." Dominic Chianese


Dominic Chianese is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, and Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II. Chianese is an accomplished tenor and musician, having released Hits in 2000, on which he sings American and Italian songs. In 2003, Chianese, along with AOL Music, released a second CD titled Ungrateful Heart, which features 16 classic Neapolitan songs.In 2010, Chianese received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

AMM Insight: Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller and Reiss

Michael Reiss: What advice could you offer on acting?

Jerry Stiller: When you get your five minutes…just say your lines.

Gerald Isaac "Jerry" Stiller is an American comedian and actor. He is perhaps best known for playing Frank Costanza on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. They are the parents of actor Ben Stiller, with whom Stiller co-starred in the films Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid and Zoolander 2. Stiller is best known for his unique angry, yelling acting style.

Giorgio In The Jungle

Far Out Kids will team up with Giorgio Armani's Acqua for Life, Water One World Solutions, and Fritz Water Vests to deliver water filtrations systems to the indigenous Ngäbe people of Panama and Costa Rica. .

www.youcaring.com

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AMM Thanks

Robert Greenberg with Reiss

All of us at AMM want to give a very special thanks to assistant to the publisher Robert Greenberg. Though still in high school, his incredible work ethic, genuine understanding of complex projects, and professional attention to detail all made him invaluable to AMM. Robert is an integral part of the magazine. Everyone at AMM wishes him well as he heads off to Cornell University next year.

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