The Zeitz Foundation supports creative activities that strengthen intercultural relationships and understanding, and raise awareness of cultural diversity, and inspire others to act in kind. These activities encompass art—in all forms of expression—and sport.
Throughout history, cultures from around the world have used art to make sense of the world. Art—in all of its expressions—interprets, gives meaning, breathes experience, creates bridges, inspires dialogues and, ultimately, can profoundly change the way we see things. It is because of the transformative nature of art and the value of artists in culture that the Zeitz Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enhancing artistic traditions and inspiring creativity. The Foundation’s initiatives promote new creative avenues, raise awareness, and contribute to positive change in the ecosphere.
The Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety (I.E.S.) is inspired by a vision of the Ecosphere—our planet and all of its life-sustaining regions—maintained in the healthiest possible state, and is committed to promoting an inclusive, holistic paradigm of conservation that enhances livelihoods and fosters intercultural dialogue. Decisions made and actions taken by the Foundation are guided by the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative. The Zeitz Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in Germany with representation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Kenya.
“Our musical creativity allows us to cross borders, expand horizons and build connections. There is a new opportunity to do so within the Zeitz Foundation, and we are thrilled to embark on The Long Run as a sensible, honest and positive approach to life.”
Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia
Zeitz Foundation Amabassadors for Culture
“Art has the capacity to help us understand our place in the world: our cultural past reflects how we have impacted the world that surrounds us, and the present challenges us to consider how we wish to impact the future through the traditions, cultural activities and customs we surround ourselves with now.
Art does not allow us to simply accept the status quo but demands that we be aware of our actions, aesthetic traditions and ethical practices. It also asks us to think carefully on such complex issues as what it means to be both human and responsibly human.
I am honored to be associated with the Zeitz Foundation. Their dedication to promoting a holistic approach to understanding our world through art is exemplary. Their long-term goal—of finding creative ways to nurture more positive relationships in the world—is nothing short of inspiring. I join with them in striving to achieve these goals.”
Zeitz Foundation Cultural Specialist