This is an illustration of the NYU Constance Milstein and Family Academic Center. The building is 12 stories high, and has 75,000 square feet of space. The building will feature meeting spaces and offices, seminar rooms, a lobby and student lounge, as well as a 200-seat auditorium. The upper floors will be dormitories and visitor’s apartments. It will be built in Northwest Washington, mere blocks away from the World Bank, the White House, the Smithsonian and the cultural sites on 14th Street. The groundbreaking took place this past September, and the Academic Center is expected to open its doors in September of 2012.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute, with co-founder Connie Milstein, is an organization with many programs. One of them is The Global Creative Forum, who recently brought representatives from three U.N. projects to Hollywood, California with hopes of exposing famous film and television writers and producers to the problems and efforts of the U.N. Writers from famous shows such as Law and Order, Burn Notice and Private Practice were present at the event.
The event began with an introduction by Bill Rouhana, chairman of HDI and GCF, who was followed by U.N. Assistant Secretary General Robert Orr and Juan Carlos Brandt of the U.N. Department for Public Information. The first speaker was Elizabeth Jennings, who works for the World Food Program in Haiti. She described the flexibility of the Haitians when they are faced with the disasters of earthquakes, hunger and cholera. Jennings was followed by Olivier Mukarji from the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping in Darfur, Sudan. He explained how the U.N. works to save refugees from Darfur as well as to negotiate an end to the conflict between the political parties in Sudan. Gary Lewis of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Thailand spoke of the efforts being put into stopping the human and drug trafficking in the region.
In a lovely show of appreciation for American military families, Blue Star Families and the National Endowments for the Arts teamed together this summer. They invited military families, including active duty service members and their immediate families, to come to 600 museums for free. The free admission ran from Memorial Day (May 31, 2010) through Labor Day (September 6, 2010).
Certainly, many advocates of military service, like Connie Milstein, support these efforts to offer benefits to military families.
Many organizations use an incredible amount of creativity and thought to touch the lives of those in need. The Medical Missions for Children, founded with the help of Connie Milstein and many others, is one such organization. Their Giggles theater performs in a hospital in New Jersey three times a week to bring laughter and entertainment to sick children. Learn more about their amazing mission here.
The Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C., meticulously renovated recently by Connie Milstein and her firm, Ogden CAP Properties, offers interesting and frequent events.
Most recently, on June 23rd, they offered a five-course dinner prepared by Plume’s Executive Chef Damon Gordon. The evening’s meal included wine pairings from Tablas Creek Winery.
The Jefferson used this lovely event to focus on the wines of the famous Rhone Valley and their American counterparts, together with senior vice president Daniel Hass of Tablas Creek Winery.