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
Published at this crucial time in history,
“Like of the World versus Racism”—
explains three hugely important things: 1) the cause of all prejudice and racism; 2) the state of mind we need to have as we think about other people if we’re going to be just to them—including, very much, people who look different from us; 3) how the way of seeing in all true art is utterly opposed to racism. The means by which people’s minds and feelings can really change from prejudice to justice is in this issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known!
Classes—Update: Winter 2021
The Winter 2021 semester of classes via video conference is now in session.
- The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry
- Anthropology Is about You & Everyone
- The Visual Arts & The Opposites
- The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method
- The Opposites in Music
- “If It Moves, It Can Move You”: Opposites in the Cinema
- Understanding Marriage!
To audit a class, permission must be requested by telephone 2 days in advance of the date of the class. Contact Registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday.
Read this powerful letter by Dr. Edward Green
—composer and professor of music. He writes, with cultural perspective, about the vitally needed education of Aesthetic Realism, and how it has affected his own life.
“What can finally end racism, in all its horrors? What can make our economy kind, respectful of everyone? What can make our schools successful—really enable children to learn?
“I have seen that Aesthetic Realism has the answers to these problems, these questions. Its principles are true and unfailingly kind….”
“I began to learn that music—which I had seen as in a different world from my relations with people—was really a guide as to how to see them!…” more
Barbara S. McClung, Aesthetic Realism associate, writes:
As a science educator, I very much respect this thrilling article by my colleague Sally Ross, “Through the Study of Viruses, Prejudice Is Opposed!” In it she describes two powerful things: how the study of viruses—a subject that, at this time of the coronavirus pandemic, is associated with intense fear—can be used as a means of understanding the world, ourselves and the people around us.
At this time, though Aesthetic Realism consultations cannot take place in person, we’re glad to say they are taking place via Zoom video conference or by telephone. You can find out more here.
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