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“The Foundation values art for its social benefits and for its ability to provoke a purely aesthetic experience.”

The Arts Are Alive

Everyday, in every corner of Philadelphia, young people are learning to play Bach or Miles Davis, artists are creating work that will challenge us or make us laugh, communities are transforming empty lots into visual stories.

At the Bartol Foundation, we believe that everyone deserves access to the arts.

Through our grant programs in the arts, we support organizations that provide creative opportunities to connect and engage, that give voice to a community’s history and future, that sustain and share a rigorous artistic process. Through our extensive free professional development programs for teaching artists, we invest in the vital contribution artists make to our community by strengthening their teaching practice and building a network in the field.

In addition to our grantmaking and workshops, we lend our expertise and resources to build the strength of cultural organizations while advocating for the inclusion of arts and culture in broader community strategies.