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
Barbara McClung, Aesthetic Realism associate, writes:
As a new school year begins, it’s a great time to read Eli Siegel’s essay about “Books,” from his Children’s Guide to Parents and Other Matters. I’m a parent and a NYC elementary school teacher, and I love this essay! It’s been so useful to me in showing the meaning that reading and books have, and in enabling young people to see books as their friends.
Reading the essay with my students has made them able to think more about the feelings of characters in a book,…
Terrain Gallery Anniversary Exhibition
Celebrating the Life & Art of
Feb. 24th—Oct. 12, 2019
REGISTRATION for the Fall 2019 semester of classes: Tuesday, Sep 3 – Friday, Sep 13.
Classes in Poetry, Music, Art, Education, Singing, Anthropology, Film Studies & more. For information, click here.
Save the Date
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 – 11:30 PM
Aesthetic Realism Foundation Gala Benefit!
Featuring a wonderful Cabaret! With an exciting Silent Auction
Watch for details!
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
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.”