Royal Oak Foundation
As the former president of Arts Britannia, Marjorie G. Rosen organized decorative/fine arts tours of the UK and designed and sold her own line of hanging garden baskets. Her love of tourism and horticulture also informed her tenure as a board member with the Royal Oak Foundation. While she sat on the Royal Oak board of directors, Marjorie G. Rosen had the chance to travel to many important UK gardens with leading figures in British horticulture.
All members of the Royal Oak Foundation gain membership in the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, an organization that dates back to 1895. Founded by three Victorian philanthropists who were alarmed by uncontrolled industrial development in Britain, the National Trust currently protects approximately 610,000 acres of UK countryside and 775 miles of coastline. It also preserves and maintains 350 country homes of the British aristocracy and other important historic sites.
Their regular membership fees give Royal Oak Foundation provide unlimited admission to all National Trust assets with an all-access pass. Other benefits of Foundation membership include a National Trust handbook and parking pass, three editions of the National Trust members’ magazine, two editions of the Royal Oak newsletter, and discounted entry fees to a range of partnering museums and heritage attractions.
New York Botanical Garden
The former president of Arts Britannia Ltd. in London, Marjorie G. Rosen developed a passion for gardening during her time in the UK. Marjorie G. Rosen serves on the board of New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), where she has spent several years as vice chairman.
For over 125 years, NYBG has maintained a vibrant living museum in the heart of urban New York City. NYBG also sponsors a variety of plant research and conservation initiatives, designed to advance knowledge of the plant world and preserve the botanical diversity on Earth. To accomplish its mission, NYBG supports exploration and systematics research, creates checklists and floras for international projects, and submits articles to scholarly journals.
Through the Center for Conservation Strategy, NYBG catalyzes conservation action in all corners of the world. The Center for Conservation Strategy works with public and private organizations across the globe, addressing global environmental challenges and ultimately saving the plants and fungi of the world.
To learn more about conservation efforts at NYBG, visit the official website at nybg.org.
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Between 1980 and 2003, Marjorie G. Rosen served as president of Arts Britannia, Ltd., with offices in London and the United States. Continuing her involvement in the arts, Marjorie G. Rosen chairs the acquisitions committee at the International Center of Photography (ICP).
The world’s premiere institution in areas of visual culture and photography, the ICP maintains a variety of facilities and services dedicated to the visual arts. In addition to numerous exhibitions and public engagement initiatives, ICP is best known for its internationally renowned photography school and museum.
The ICP museum allows members and public visitors to experience both the past and future of the visual arts through a number of immersive exhibits. ICP offers group tours and family tour services, as well as educational resources for teachers interested in bringing students to the museum.
Individuals who find themselves regularly visiting new ICP museum exhibits may consider signing up for a museum membership. Members enjoy an array of special benefits, highlighted by free admission to the museum and discounts at ICP Store courses and workshops. Members also receive discounts at the ICP Museum bookstore and cafe and free subscriptions to multiple ICP e-letters. The museum is located at 250 Bowery in Lower Manhattan. For more information, visit www.icp.org.
Royal Oak Foundation
An experienced plant collector and knowledgeable horticulturalist, Marjorie G. Rosen serves as vice chairman of the board of the New York Botanical Garden. She is also a former board member of the Royal Oak Foundation, Marjorie G. Rosen traveled with the foundation to notable public and private gardens in the United Kingdom every summer.
A partner of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the nonprofit Royal Oak Foundation was founded in 1973. Over the course of its history, the foundation has raised more than $7.5 million for the National Trust for the restoration of significant properties and the protection of the coastline. Open to anyone with an interest in the art, history, and culture of the United Kingdom, the Royal Oak Foundation offers benefits like unlimited entry to many National Trust properties and hosts a number of programs domestically and abroad.
Domestically, the foundation presents lectures in 10 different cities nationwide, including San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia. With more than 800 lectures held over the past 44 years, they cover a variety of topics relevant to the National Trust. Members can also take part in specially-priced travel programs, and many international travel programs include house and garden tours to give members an up-close-and-personal view of National Trust properties.
School of Professional Horticulture
An alumna of the University of Cincinnati, Marjorie G. Rosen was the president of Arts Britannia Ltd., a private UK-based company that coordinated fine arts tours and gave people access to the Queen’s silversmith workshop. Marjorie G. Rosen is also involved in the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) as the vice chairman of the board of directors and chair of the Horticulture Committee.
The NYBG is a 250-acre national historic landmark that contains over 1 million living plants organized in extensive collections. Founded in 1891, the garden welcomes more than 1 million visitors per year.
Apart from its appeal as a tourist attraction, NYBG is an educational institution that houses a school from which students can earn a two-year diploma in horticulture. The academic program was designed by professional botanists and horticulturists and aims to explore the different facets of the field. To complete the program, students are required to attend 639 hours of required study and must successfully pass the courses on horticulture, landscape design, and botany, as well as communications and business management.
International Center of Photography
Based in New York City, Marjorie G. Rosen spent over two decades as president of the London-based Arts Britannia Limited. Marjorie G. Rosen has since maintained a dedication to the fine arts through roles such as her position as chairman of the acquisitions committee with the International Center of Photography (ICP).
Established in 1974, ICP supports the work of photographers and other visual artworks through a number of exhibition opportunities and community programs. The center also supports the education of young artists through the ICP School, which boasts a student body of over 5,000. In addition to its classes and degree-earning programs, the school offers an array of one-year certificate programs.
As participants in the General Studies in Photography certificate program, ICP students engage in a course of study that help them hone their photography skills and learn new ways to experiment with pictures. The comprehensive curriculum covers everything from the theory and history of photography to building a varied technical skillset.
A second program, New Media Narratives, examines the ever-growing impact of technology on storytelling. Students take an intensive curriculum that includes courses on such topics as the relationship between media narration and social media and how to use emerging technology to tell effective stories. Students emerge from the program equipped with the skills they need to successfully pair modern media with digital narration in their work.
International Center of Photography
After serving as president of Arts Britannia Ltd. for more than two decades, Marjorie G. Rosen now spends much of her time supporting the work of several organizations in New York City. A longtime supporter of the International Center of Photography (ICP), Marjorie G. Rosen recently co-chaired the group’s 2016 Infinity Awards.
Launched in 1985, the ICP Infinity Awards recognize the contributions of photographers working in photojournalism, art and fashion, and publishing. In addition to celebrating the achievements of the award winners, the Infinity Awards ceremony is a major ICP fundraiser that helps support the organization’s programs and activities.
The 32nd annual Infinity Awards was held April 11, 2016, at Chelsea Piers in New York City. ICP honored award recipients in several categories during the event, which attracted over 500 guests, including VIPs like Ben Stiller, Bella Hadid, and Leelee Sobieski. To learn more about the event and the 2016 Infinity Awards winners, visit www.icp.org.
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
Marjorie G. Rosen spent more than a dozen years as president of Arts Britannia, Ltd., based in London. She moved back to the United States during that time and became involved in her community. A longtime member of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Marjorie G. Rosen serves as vice chairman of its board of directors and chairs the horticulture committee.
Founded in 1891, the NYBG sits on 250 acres and includes more than one million living plants. With more than one million annual visitors enjoying the grounds, the garden encourages families and schools to attend and learn about ecosystems. The NYBG also features the world’s largest conservation and plant research programs, with more than 200 staff members working in the garden’s molecular labs and fields.
To celebrate the NYBG’s 125th anniversary in 2016, the garden is hosting a variety of celebratory events. One event, scheduled for September 25, is the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic. For the past 60 years, the NYBG has excelled in organic vegetable gardening education. Individuals are invited to visit the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, which supports the Edible Academy, and enjoy a picnic. This academy promotes nutrition and healthy living, as well as provides food for 100,000 children, parents, and teachers. It also includes a teaching greenhouse, green roof, and two high-tech classrooms.