Born and raised in Miami, Sarah Arison is President of the Arison Arts Foundation, a private grant-making organization that supports emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. She was immersed in the arts from a young age by her grandparents, visionary philanthropists Ted and Lin Arison, who founded Arison Arts Foundation, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the New World Symphony, among their many philanthropic endeavors. The Arisons made their fortune by founding the Norwegian and Carnival cruise lines.
Sarah is active across a broad cross-section of national arts organizations. She is a trustee of the National YoungArts Foundation, where she has developed strategic partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, Sundance Film Festival and more to provide aspiring talent with presentation and mentorship opportunities. She is Vice-Chair of the board of MoMA PS1; a trustee and member of the Committee on Education of MoMA; a trustee of American Ballet Theatre and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee at New World Symphony; a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts; and a trustee of the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries.
In addition to creating alliances between cultural institutions, Sarah has capitalized on her professional experience in the fashion industry to help build partnerships between luxury brands, such as Swarovski and Khirma Eliazov, and likeminded non-profit organizations. In 2016, she helped initiate MaxMara’s Young Visionary Award, an annual prize for an exceptional YoungArts winner.
She has also ventured into film producing, supporting projects that shed light on lesser known aspects of the arts. In 2015, she produced her first feature film, Desert Dancer, starring Freida Pinto. She later went on to co-produce The First Monday in May, a documentary film chronicling the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute blockbuster exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass.
YoungArts invites 170 young artists between the ages of 15 and 18 to its Miami headquarters every January for a week of master classes, workshops, performances and evaluations with mentors such as Plácido Domingo and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Over 20,000 students have gone through the program since its founding in 1981, including Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Doug Aitken and Nicki Minaj.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and French with a minor in Art History from Emory University.