Upcoming Programs Sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

A former Boston resident who is active in philanthropic causes and current chief executive officer of CLS Group Holdings AG in New York City, David Puth serves on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. The oldest contemporary art museum in the United States, the ICA draws upon the leadership of David Puth and his fellow board members to offer a wide range of film, theater, music, dance, and lecture programs.

Among the performances on the ICA’s 2013 calendar is Miriam, a dance production choreographed by Nora Chipaumire. In the production, Chipaumire depicts her journey out of her native country Zimbabwe through hallucinatory, dreamlike imagery that speaks to the struggles of African women against cultural stereotypes.

The ICA also brings critically acclaimed films to audiences, and in 2013 it organized viewings of some of the most heralded short films from 2012, many of which received Academy Award nominations, such as Fresh Guacamole, Head Over Heels, Curfew, Henry, Redemption, Open Heart, and Inocente.

To learn more about the Institute of Contemporary Art, visit icaboston.org.


David Puth: Michelle Obama Honors Institute of Contemporary Art Youth Program

Since 2006, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has greatly expanded its focus on teenagers and has worked with more than 7,000 youth through special events and programs. The Institute’s after-school youth program recently received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, who noted the importance of art in shaping children’s characters and teaching valuable skills.

Out of 350 applications from across the United States, only 12 were selected for the award, which is the highest honor an American after-school program can receive. The award recognizes community-based humanities and arts programs that are changing the lives of teenagers by helping them earn higher grades in school, learn life skills, and develop healthy relationships with adults and other youth. Romario Accime, a member of the ICA Teen Arts Council and a high school student, accepted the award for ICA at the ceremony at the White House.

David Puth the author.About David Puth: A board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art, David Puth has a long history of involvement with non-profit groups. He is also the CEO of CLS Group Holdings.