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November 09 2010
ARTOC Group's Chairman & Managing Director Honored by the American Folk Art Museum of New York City
M. Shafik Gabr, Chairman & Managing Director of ARTOC Group for Investment & Development has been honored for his activities as an international “Advocate for the Arts” at a benefit evening for the American Folk Art Museum on 9th November 2010 at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.
The American Folk Art Museum salutes the Advocates for the Arts – individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts and culture of the American nation and the world. M. Shafik Gabr has been honored amongst internationally known socialite Betsey Bloomingdale, American philanthropists Edythe and Eli Broad, distinguished decorator Mario Buatta, Global Ambassador for CARE (a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty) Sheila C. Johnson, international patron of the arts and education Latifa Kosta and one of the most famous contemporary artists today, Kiki Smith.
The event was hosted by the co-chairs and honorees of the American Folk Art Museum including President Laura Parsons, of whom the latter was deeply impressed with both M. Shafik Gabr's commitment to education and to the arts. She wrote in a letter to him "you are passionate about arts, about culture and about the lives of people of Egypt. We have studied with great interest the book on your collection and are fascinated to hear how you continue to grow it. We have also read with growing fascination about the charitable activities of your company, ARTOC." Mrs. Parsons is deeply conscious of the need for global participation in the arts and education and, in choosing Mr. Gabr, made a point of acknowledging Egypt and the region’s importance for the future of global peace and prosperity.
M. Shafik Gabr's many notable activities in the arts field include his collection of "Orientalist" paintings, which he started two decades ago. Acknowledged as one of the greatest collections of the world, these images of the Middle East by European and American painters simultaneously conveys respect of one's own roots and heritage of others. It is a symbol of peace and understanding between cultures.