To support small- to mid-sized cultural organizations that provide deep and authentic arts experiences to under-resourced and/or under-served communities in Philadelphia
To support and advocate for the essential role of teaching artists in providing high-quality, far-reaching arts education opportunities.
To advocate for and facilitate partnerships that include arts as an asset for positive youth development and vibrant communities.
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The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation was founded in 1984 by George Bartol, a lover of the arts and Philadelphia. Mr. Bartol was the Chairman and CEO of Hunt Manufacturing in Philadelphia, maker of Xacto knives, Boston Staplers and Speedball inks among other office supplies and art materials.
He believed that Philadelphia’s cultural assets differentiated it from other cities, making it more attractive to businesses and individuals as a place to live and work. His children tell us he was especially committed to arts education, much to their chagrin as small children being toted off to museums every weekend.
The Foundation is named after his brother, Stockton Rush, who was killed as a bombardier in World War II. Mr. Bartol died in 1989 and his family now supports the George Bartol Arts Education Award in his name.
In addition to her primary responsibility for all aspects of the Foundations’ grantmaking and operations, Beth is also a convener, advocate and technical assistance provider. As part of her work at the Foundation, Beth was the co-director of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) in Philadelphia, a national initiative of the Ford Foundation to improve conditions for individual artists. Prior to 2000, she was Project Director of Culture Builds Communities (CBC), a funding initiative of the William Penn Foundation; Project Director of the Arts Education Development Project for The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Executive Director of Prints in Progress.
She holds degrees from The Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. Beth is a poet whose work includes two books, Sage and Solace, as well as a collaboration with Philadelphia Jazz Project in which she created and performed RetroLove, a celebration of relationships before the Internet. Beth is a member and past co-chair of the Poet Laureate Governing Committee of the City of Philadelphia.
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© 2022 Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102