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Zeitz Foundation

Creating a better tomorrow through culture, community, conservation and commerce

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.

Jochen Zeitz - Zeitz Foundation Founder

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.

Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia - Zeitz Foundation Ambassadors for Culture

“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

Mark Coetzee - Zeitz Foundation Cultural Specialist

“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.”

Mark Coetzee
Zeitz Foundation Cultural Specialist

Comments (11)

Brilliant Work

I LOVE this. I feel like I'm reading my own thoughts out loud. Art is about people and humanity, deepening our humanity, creating openings and spaces and ultimately about profound responsibility-ownership of ourselves and our world. UNIMA SA' s principles are all in line with your foundation and I believe that we could collaborate.

1 Oct 2010, 14:56

poetry recycle

giraffe in teh pierniff treats eco system reflection dark glassed eyes in the solar canta leap, inter cultural actions make a smiling man

4 Oct 2011, 5:44

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Puma.

1 Jan 2012, 0:53


6 Jan 2012, 10:44


Hey am from Kenya and I really love what this foundation is doing. Please let me know how I can be more involved, thanks!!

14 May 2012, 16:46

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God bless.

16 May 2012, 17:50

Am I?

Art is about tolarance of diversity and uphold the human dignity

24 May 2012, 7:23


Art that takes space, form and shapes... I am excited at the way Puma is giving art attention, focus and purpose. But a lot more can be done in the support of Video Art.

24 May 2012, 21:11


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1 Jun 2012, 23:09


Great organisation can we help heal the pain of the past with representations that celebrate our humanness and diference. Can art heal

10 Aug 2012, 13:05

Aluta Cuntinua(the struggle continuous)

Happy to be part of this network as an Editor/photographer, and blogger you can check my blog at

28 May 2013, 22:22
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