On September 24th, the Al Hirschfeld Foundation celebrated its founder, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman with a special night at the National Arts Club.
Louise is a woman of many talents: theater historian; research consultant for major networks, museums, and award-winning producers; an exhibiting photographer; and Tony Awards nominator. After the 2003 death of her husband, Al Hirschfeld, she founded The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. Over 12 years as its first President, Louise oversaw exhibitions around the world, supervised publications, and spearheaded philanthropic endeavors, culminating in the May 2015 opening of The Hirschfeld Century: An Al Hirschfeld Retrospective at the New-York Historical Society—the most ambitious Hirschfeld exhibition ever mounted, with a comprehensive and historic companion book. She feels that one of the most rewarding ventures she pioneered under the Foundation’s continuing guidance is the collaboration with the New York City Board of Education to produce The Al Hirschfeld Project, a curriculum for teaching the arts in New York public schools, which is now being taken nationwide. She married Lewis B. Cullman in 2010 and the couple was designated as New York City Living Landmarks in 2012.
The event was also successful in raising funds to meet our goal of $250,000 to bring the free Hirschfeld curriculum to underserved communities around the country beginning in 2019. If you want to help bring this dynamic program to a deserving classroom, we welcome your donation here.