Aesthetic Realism Foundation

Aesthetic Realism Welcome

The purpose of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout America and the world to see each other and reality fairly. The means to that fairness is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by Eli Siegel, American poet, critic, and educator.

Located in SoHo, NYC, the foundation is a center for culture and kindness. It offers classes in the visual arts, poetry, music, anthropology, and more. There are public seminars, individual consultations, workshops for teachers, and thrilling dramatic and musical events. People of all ages understand themselves newly through the principles of Aesthetic Realism.

Aesthetic Realism Blog
Leila Rosen, Aesthetic Realism associate, writes about this upcoming public seminar on Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM:

There’s hardly anything that confuses people more than our own feelings. A man can try to be cool, have little emotion—and then feel empty and ask, "Why am I often so cold and unmoved?" At other times he can explode angrily—even at people he loves. Aesthetic Realism answers the question in this seminar's title, and explains how we can have feelings we like ourselves for having....

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

REGISTRATION for the Fall semester of classes is taking place between Monday, Aug. 31 and Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Study Poetry, Music, Art, Education, Acting, Singing, Anthropology, Flim Studies & more—For information, click here.

Read this vital and honest letter by educator Rosemary Plumstead, who writes:

“I consider the Aesthetic Realism Foundation the most important cultural and educational institution in America….In this letter, I’m very happy to comment on two aspects of the Foundation’s work: consultations and the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method….It was in consultations that I first learned that there is a fight going on in me and everyone between two desires…” more

Recently published: The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, edited by Edward Green. Read an excerpt from Dr. Green’s thrilling and scholarly introduction “Ellington and Aesthetic Realism.”