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
Matthew D'Amico, Aesthetic Realism associate, and political coordinator for a New York State labor union, says:

Whether a person follows politics closely or not, it is clear that politics, government, and the decisions of elected officials affect the lives of every man, woman, and child on this planet. What would it mean to have politics that is beautiful, efficient, kind?...

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

The Fall semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.

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.”