Compassion through Art: How Rebecca Wang Uses Her Creativity to Make a Difference

Rebecca Wang discusses her philanthropy, fashion, and the Oscars in an exclusive interview with Hollywood Weekly

Rebecca Wang was recently featured in an exclusive interview in Hollywood Weekly, focusing on her career in psychotherapy, philanthropy, and the arts. Rebecca Wang’s diverse professional background gives her a unique perspective on the many facets of the arts and entertainment industry. As both an executive producer and a philanthropist, she has an acute understanding of what it means to be an artist, and why it is important to support the arts, as well as humanitarian issues.

Using her background as a psychotherapist, Rebecca Wang illuminates the healing role that the arts can have in a therapeutic environment. She firmly believes that fostering creativity and artistic expression across society can be an important tool in both the individual’s emotional well-being, and in spreading innovative thinking to all sectors of society. She even cites
organizations focusing on AIDS research which utilize the arts as an avenue for awareness and fundraising. The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the Royal Academy of Music, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), all of which Rebecca Wang supports, use arts-centered events to drive their critical research programs.

Rebecca Wang’s determination to support the arts and humanitarian issues are derived from her powerful sense of compassion. She describes the onus that she believes is on actors, musicians, and other people of world renown to act as public advocates for such issues in order to bring greater awareness to them.

She also specifically discusses her patronage of the Serpentine Galleries, chaired by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The Galleries play an important role in the London art scene, hosting high-profile events and putting on public art displays for all to enjoy. Similarly, BAFTA provides scholarship opportunities for young creatives looking to pursue their passions in film, television, or video games.

The interview concludes when Rebecca Wang provides an insightful look into how fashion and personal style can have a positive impact on an individual’s life. If fashion is the most outward manifestation of inner creativity, then expressing that creativity can engender greater confidence, further driving someone to pursue their passions. This inner fulfillment, Wang believes, can bring about greater compassion and understanding in society.

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Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016

Rebecca Wang Interviewed by Hollywood Weekly 2016


Rebecca Wang Supports 2016 EJAF Academy Viewing Party

The EJAF’s Academy Viewing Party is one of the most popular and most prestigious events of the year, bringing together Hollywood’s biggest stars on Oscar night.

On Sunday February 28th, the Elton John AIDS Foundation hosted a spectacular list of Hollywood A-listers for the 24th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party. Esteemed guests at the event included Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, and Hillary Swank, who came together to raise $6.2 million in support of EJAF’s mission of HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and treatment. Rebecca Wang continued her enduring support for the EJAF through this year’s event.

Rebecca Wang Supports 2016 EJAF Academy Viewing Party

Rebecca Wang Supports 2016 EJAF Academy Viewing Party

The Academy Viewing Party is the largest event of its kind on Oscar night, and features musical performances, an extravagant dinner, and a live auction made possible by both individual and corporate donors. The year’s event was chaired by Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Denzel Washington, Katy Perry, and Zooey Deschanel, among many others.

Executive producer Rebecca Wang has long supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s mission to spread education and treatment for HIV/AIDS. Wang has been benefactor over two consecutive years (2011, 2012) to this event along with Disney Studios, M*A*C Cosmetics, an Caesar’s Palace. From 2014 through 2016, she has resumed her support as patron for the event, a position she also held for their New York Enduring Vision benefit in October 2013. This event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and in 2013 honored Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field.

“The Elton John AIDS Foundation continues to stand among the most important and influential organisations for AIDS education and research in the world,” said Rebecca Wang. “The popularity and fundraising capabilities of this event show just how far compassion and public outreach can go in fighting humanitarian crises such as AIDS.”

The Elton John AIDS foundation is dedicated to ending AIDS and HIV infection-related deaths worldwide. Over the last two decades it has become one of the world’s leading non-profits in the field, raising over $349 million to date.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s event include Bulgari, M*A*C Viva Glam, Neuro Drinks and
Diana Jenkins, and Audi. Funding for the EJAF arrives via contributions from organizations and individuals such as Rebecca Wang, whose deep compassion others has led to her ongoing support for charities working in the fields of research, intervention and prevention of AIDS.


Rebecca Wang, Member of the Academy Circle, Supports 2016 BAFTA Awards

Strong contenders for “Best Film” highlight a tight race at the 2016 BAFTA Awards

The heavyweights were out at the 2016 BAFTA Awards. Blockbuster films like Bridge of Spies and The Revenant seemed primed to sweep the major film and directing categories, while superstar names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Maggie Smith, and Cate Blanchett came into the ceremony leading their respective acting categories.

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

Rebecca Wang supported the star-studded event, which was hosted at the Royal Opera House in London. In attendance was the class of the film industry, with celebrities including Best Supporting Actress winner Kate Winslet, director Steven Spielberg, and Tom Cruise.

The BAFTA Awards nominations have become known as an intriguing comparison to the Oscar nominations across the pond. This year’s BAFTA Awards gave four technical awards to the explosion-ridden action ride Mad Max: Fury Road, which was not nominated for Best Film at the Oscar’s. The Revenant, meanwhile, took three of the major BAFTA awards: Best Film, Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu, and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

The BAFTA Awards have risen greatly in prestige in recent years, nearly rivalling the Oscar’s in importance and popularity. This year’s BAFTA awards indicate that The Revenant and Fury Road could have big nights at the Oscar’s.

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has dedicated itself to charities which provide for the year-round education of students in the moving image arts. The Scholarship Programme in particular was designed to provide higher education opportunities for students who show exceptional potential in the Arts, especially in film, television, and video games. In 2013, HRH Prince William also launched the Give Something Back campaign, allowing film studios and Academy members to support other educational programmes focused on igniting creative talent in youngsters.

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

Rebecca Wang attends the 69th British Academy Film Awards in London 2016

Executive producer Rebecca Wang is a member of the Academy Circle and supporter of BAFTA’s charity work. Her involvement has given her a deeper understanding of the positive change that can be achieved through the Arts. “Film and television can foster fantastic creativity and innovations, but for the Arts to truly flourish, we must ensure that the younger generations have the opportunity to discover their own potential,” she said. “BAFTA is not only a leader in the UK film industry, but also in Arts-focused charity.”


Extravagant Event Celebrates 100 Years of Fashion History

Rebecca Wang supports Vogue 100: A Century of Style in honor of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary on February 8th.

In honor of their 100th anniversary as one of the most prestigious and influential style, fashion, and culture magazines in the world, British Vogue hosted a black-tie dinner on February 8th at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Rebecca Wang supported the event, all proceeds of which will be going to the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

Rebecca Wang supports Vogue 100: A Century of Style in honor of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary on February 8th.

Rebecca Wang supports Vogue 100: A Century of Style in honor of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary on February 8th.

Supermodels old and new graced the celebration with the presence, including Lily Donaldson, Jerry Hall, Karlie Kloss, and Jordan Dunn. The prestigious event featured an exhibition of over 280 photographs commissioned by British Vogue over the last century, showcasing some of the most iconic photographs and photographers to ever bring their flare to British Vogue. The works of such renowned photographers as Mario Testino, Tim Walker, Nick Knight, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, David Bailey, and many more were on display at the event, and will remain on display as part of the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit at London’s National Portrait Gallery. 

According to Rebecca Wang, the 100th anniversary for British Vogue is not simply about honoring the past, but also looking forward to further creativity and innovation from the magazine. 

“The influence that British Vogue has had on fashion and entertainment over the last century is unquestionable, helping to elevate London as one of the leading fashion capitals of the world,” she commented. “Fashion is an outward expression of creativity, so Vogue’s work has had a huge impact on fashion sense and style.” 

“I think celebrating the magazine’s past makes their future all the more exciting,” she continued. “British Vogue will undoubtedly continue to be in the vanguard of the style and fashion scenes in London and across the world, and I’m excited to see creativity and innovation from them.” Rebecca Wang continued her patronage of fashion and the arts with her support for this event. 

The exhibition’s curator is Robin Muir, a contributing editor to British Vogue, and Patrick Kinmouth is the designer and artistic director for the exhibit. The Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit will be open to the public on February 11 through May 22 before going on display at the Manchester Art Gallery from June 24 to October 30.


Rebecca Wang Attends Private Event Hosted by the Royal Academy of Music in Buckingham Palace

The Royal Academy of Music is a world-renowned institution and Britain’s oldest conservatoire. Founded in 1822, the Academy received its Royal Charter in 1830, and since 1999 has been a constituent college of the University of London.

Rebecca Wang Attends Private Event Hosted by the Royal Academy of Music in Buckingham Palace

Rebecca Wang Attends Private Event Hosted by the Royal Academy of Music in Buckingham Palace

On Tuesday, 3 November, 2015, HRH the Duchess of Gloucester, president of the Royal Academy of Music, hosted a private dinner and reception for its supporters, including Rebecca Wang, Rupert Murdoch, and Jerry Hall. Organized by Development Director Carol McCormack, this event was hosted on the illustrious grounds of Buckingham Palace. Attendees at this prestigious event were cordially invited to a lovely dinner and reception in a wonderful setting as a showing of gratitude for their continued support and patronage of the Royal Academy of Music.

The Academy has committed itself to the highest national and international pre-professional, undergraduate, and postgraduate musical training for nearly two centuries. Over the years, the Academy has trained and educated a wide range of versatile and resourceful musicians, including such former distinguished students as: John Barbirolli, Harrison Birtwistle, Dennis Brain, Edward Gardner, Katherine Jenkins, Clifford Curzon, Lesley Garrett, Evelyn Glennie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Moura Lympany, Michael Nyman, Simon Rattle, Arthur Sullivan, Eva Turner, and Henry Wood.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has been the principal of the Academy since July 2008, and HM The Queen is the Patron. Diana, Princess of Wales also served as president of the Academy from 1985 until 1996.

Through the Academy’s charitable programs, supporters and patrons can contribute to the education and training of successive generations of musicians and composers. Scholarship funds allow the Academy to support students from diverse backgrounds, giving those from every sector of society a chance at the highest possible education in music.

The Masterclasses program is designed to give students at the Academy a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best musicians from around the world. Similarly, the Open Academy program exposes children and young people to classical and jazz music with lessons with the Academy’s own students. This presents a wonderful chance for young people to be exposed to music, as well as giving the Academy’s students specialized training and experience in communicating and teaching music to a younger generation. With such programs, the Royal Academy of Music fosters continued training and education in music for everyone.

Other charitable endeavors include the rare opportunity for Academy supporters and patrons to contribute to the building of a new theatre for Academy students and faculty. This £12 million project helps provide the very best facilities for the Royal Academy of Music, and visitors and patrons will be able to enjoy a stunning piece of theatrical architecture for many years to come.

The private dinner, hosted by the Academy in Buckingham Palace, included a reception and musical entertainment. Such events are one way that the Royal Academy of Music thanks its numerous, generous patrons and supporters.