As an arts philanthropist, Ms. Newhouse served on the Board of New York City Opera and Career Transition For Dancers. She was also an avid supporter of many leading cultural institutions throughout the United States. As an artist, she pursued several mediums, focusing on sculpture and painting.
Beyond helping to preserve and extend the vitality of the arts, Ms. Newhouse also had a keen interest in the development of individual artists. She was quoted as saying she felt a special bond with dancers, who often served as models for her artworks. She said, "While you sculpt, you talk, and they told me how hard they have to work in order to perform... there is no time for them to do anything except dance, and at 29, the body doesn't react anymore as it did when you were 19." It was through her love for dancers that she was introduced to Career Transition For Dancers and began supporting the vital mission of our organization.
While on the organization's Board, Ms. Newhouse established The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund as well as The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers with an endowed gift of $1 million. After making her major gift, Ms. Newhouse stated that she was "proud to play a leading role helping the organization establish a permanent home. Dancers need and deserve the organization, and it is gratifying to know that I have been able to help ensure the availability of our programs and services." But her support for the art of dance reached far beyond the walls of our offices. She also sponsored the training of many young ballet dancers and provided financial support for dancers to receive physical therapy for their recovery from work related injuries.
Her love for dancers was also shared by her husband, Theodore Newhouse, who had studied dance at Jacob's Pillow with the institution's founder, Ted Shawn. As one of the three founding brothers of the Newhouse communications company, Mr. Newhouse held the position of associate publisher for over 60 years. The company also owns a number of cable systems and business journals, including Condé Nast Publications.
We are proud to honor the commitment of Caroline and Theodore Newhouse, the Newhouse family, and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, as well as the support of Condé Nast Publications, as they continue to help enable dancers nationwide develop the skills necessary to excel in their future careers.