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. Read more
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Faith K. Stern, Aesthetic Realism consultant, created the popular website beautyofnyc.org with her husband, John Stern. She says:
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, every summer our family went to Brighton Beach, along with thousands of other people, to relax and have a good time. Yet as I looked at those men and women, I never thought of them as having a rich inner life like my own.
Years later when I read Eli Siegel’s poem “Ocean, Mr., Mrs. Blink,” I thought, “How kind, how deep, how beautiful it is!”
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Feb. 24th—Oct. 12, 2019
You’ll be thrilled to read this letter by Devorah Tarrow. She tells about the Aesthetic Realism Foundation’s great, good effect on people of all ages as she writes about our Outreach events—and more!
“I am Devorah Tarrow, Aesthetic Realism consultant, sociologist, and Director of Outreach for the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, the most valuable and exciting educational institution in America.
“Aesthetic Realism…has the answers to the most pressing national matters—youth violence, failing education, the horrible prejudice and economic injustice that make for so much suffering. [It] also answers the biggest questions in people’s personal lives—including How can I really like myself?…” more
The Spring-Summer semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.
See this stirring film of Eli Siegel’s Nation prize-winning poem “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana.” Historian Howard Zinn said of it:
“Ken Kimmelman’s reproduction, on film, of Eli Siegel’s magisterial poem, is an extraordinary achievement. It matches, in its visual beauty, the elegance of Siegel’s words, and adds the dimension of stunning imagery to an already profound work of art.”