Sylvia Brown will speak at Newport Art Museum’s Annual Meeting

Guest speaker Sylvia Brown will speak at the Newport Art Museum's Annual Meeting of the Membership on Wednesday, May 29 at 5 pm.

The Newport Art Museum will welcome its members and non-members alike for its Annual Meeting of the Membership on Wednesday, May 29 at 5 pm in the historic John N.A. Griswold House, located on its campus at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Doors open at 5 pm and the program will begin at 5:30 pm with refreshments to follow. All are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting of the Membership. Admission is free for Museum members and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased online at

The Museum is pleased to welcome esteemed guest speaker Sylvia Brown for a talk, entitled “A Complex Legacy – America’s Philanthropic Impulse and Funding for the Arts.” Leveraging her family’s 300-year philanthropic legacy and her own 35 years of experience in the charitable sector, Sylvia Brown is a passionate advocate of thoughtful and effective giving. After earning her BS and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Sylvia pursued a career in international development, from Wall Street to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from investment promotion campaigns in emerging markets to micro-finance initiatives on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

In 2007, a course in strategic philanthropy sparked her new mission to promote affordable donor education. For the past decade, she has helped donors with their giving strategies and non-profits with their sustainability.  In 2015, Sylvia launched Uplifting Journeys, “boot camps for smarter donors,” and now is developing a virtual version of her experiential curriculum. In 2017, she published “Grappling With Legacy – Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse”. In 2018, she was certified as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and is currently an Encore Public Voices Fellow at the OpEd Project, writing on effective giving practices for America’s retirees.

Sylvia’s great grandmother, Natalie Dresser Brown, a painter, was a founder of the Newport Art Museum; her grandfather, John Nicholas Brown, one of the “Monuments Men,” was a passionate advocate of great art and architecture; and her uncle, J. Carter Brown, was Director of the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

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