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by Hema Virani on 2012-05-04
Hema Virani, US Director for AFI announced the launch of Arts for India in USA, & later introducing the US Chairman, Mr. Jeffrey Stevenson to join on the stage with Mr. S.K. Modi, AFI\\\'s International Chairman. Mr. Modi briefly spoke & welcomed guests of the evening accompanied by Mr. K. K. Modi (Mr. S.K. Modi\\\'s brother) on the stage. Mr. K.K. Modi engrossed the attendees with the Modi family history & their ties with the U.S. in various businesses. He affirmatively validated U.S. as being one of the key countries for philanthropy. The Chairman for AFI, Mr. S.K. Modi took over the stage later & identified the need to support underprivileged students in India pursuing Arts and AFI’s critical role in assisting these students.
The charity, Arts for India, (artsforindia.org), is a UK registered charity, launched in 2010 at Kensington Palace. Arts for India has been established to help underprivileged Indian artists to get the education they deserve, via international sponsorship programs as well as to work together with its educational partners to help establish International Institute of Fine Arts (IIFA) as the first exclusive fine arts university of India, including an internationally recognized museum and a centre for performing arts.
IIFA’s has currently 2 educational partnerships:
(2) The University of the Arts, London.
The long term ambition for IIFA is to convert it into the first private university of the Arts in India with a new campus that includes a performing arts centre and an internationally recognized museum, the project known as the “Universe of Art”.
In the launch event at Guggenheim, the guest list included elite individuals & corporate representatives who flew from international waters. The glow of evening was none other than the Guest of Honor, Actress and Philanthropist, Goldie Hawn. Goldie Hawn was given the Dayawati Modi Award for her dedication in the field of Art, Culture and Education.
Arts for India has laid a very solid foundation through this launch event & will continue its efforts in supporting country\\\'s talented & upcoming artists for their mastery in the areas of Arts & related skills.