Did you know….
Education is at the heart of everything they do at the @barnesfoundation and that their mission is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture? Yup!
I had the great pleasure of perusing through the BF distinguished gift shop and talking with their Merchandise Manager Tia. Her spirit and affection for the brands they carry are only amplified by how perfectly displayed they are. Every table, wall unit, case and display are purposefully presented with candy for the eyes and soul. There was not one category I saw where the product supporting it was not in stellar mode. There was not one category where I did not see the influences of our dear @ny_now and @americanhandcrafted vendors. Both Tia and Kenneth are wonderful hosts for the store… and the next time I’m in the hood I’ll plan my full day around them so that I walk the galleries and grounds!
Philadelphia art collector Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) chartered the BF in 1922 to teach people from all walks of life how to look at art. Over three decades, he collected some of the world’s most important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. He displayed them alongside African masks, native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and decorative metalwork. Dr. Barnes was a strong supporter of progressive education and social justice, and he worked closely with black communities in the belief that people—like art—should not be segregated.
TBF strives to mirror the diversity of the Philadelphia regional population in its exhibitions, education offerings, public programs, and audiences. The Barnes recognizes that an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is integral to its excellence and success.
August 08-11, 2021 | Javits Center