AR­LENE CHAP­LIN: The Art­ful Al­tru­ist

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Yog­art co­founder and Pérez Art Mu­seum Miami Board of Trustees mem­ber Ar­lene Chap­lin has made it her mis­sion to fuse art, phi­lan­thropy, and fun in the Magic City. What drove you to be­come so in­volved in the com­mu­nity?

From an early age, I saw my par­ents get­ting in­volved with and car­ing about the city. My dad was one of the first de­vel­op­ers in Brick­ell, and he also dreamed of peo­ple stay­ing, liv­ing, and work­ing in down­town. So be­ing a part of PAMM is amaz­ing for me be­cause he al­ways felt like our city needed an arts and cul­tural cen­ter and that it helps to cre­ate a com­mu­nity.

How do you find bal­ance with all of your projects?

Yoga, which is why I started Yog­art

(yo­g­a­rtevent.com). It’s ex­er­cise, but it helps your heart and soul, and I wanted to share that ex­pe­ri­ence with oth­ers.

Yog­art went from a two-timesa-year event to a monthly rit­ual con­nect­ing the com­mu­nity. How does that make you feel?

The heart of Yog­art has al­ways been about love. My two part­ners, Lee Brian Schrager and Dawn Fein­berg, and my­self all have some­thing to share, but it’s all rooted in love and pos­i­tive en­ergy. And hav­ing [Yog­art] events that peo­ple look for­ward to is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing. We’re plan­ning on ex­pand­ing to New York—stay tuned!

What has been your big­gest strug­gle?

The num­ber-one pri­or­ity in my life is my chil­dren. I’m a mom first, then a wife, then hope­fully a phi­lan­thropist. I want to be very lov­ing and have an open re­la­tion­ship with my chil­dren, yet set guide­lines and di­rect them on a great path. I think that if you give chil­dren good guide­lines, then it’s a gift to the en­tire world, be­cause hav­ing healthy chil­dren is very im­por­tant for all of us.

PHI­LAN­THROPY PHI­LOS­O­PHY: I al­ways try to be the best per­son I can pos­si­bly be, and I ap­ply that to ev­ery as­pect of my life.

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