Bessie, Duke, and Louis, 1981


The primary mission of the Romare Bearden Foundation is to support the creative and educational development of young people and of talented and aspiring artists and scholars. We do this through our programs that preserve, perpetuate and make publicly accessible the extraordinary legacy of the notable visual artist and intellectual.

Beyond the material legacy of Romare Bearden’s art, archives and literary works, the Foundation’s mission is based entirely upon Bearden’s own legacy of nurturing and supporting the creative and intellectual potential of artists, children and scholars.

Established in 1990, two years after Romare Bearden’s death, the Foundation is one of the oldest organizations of its kind established for an African American artist.

Program Sponsors

We thank the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, and Harlem One Stop for support of our programs.


A series of artist talks, and presentations on various topics, geared primarily to adult artists, students, and enthusiasts.

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Symposium panel discussions among scholars, artists, and educators, relating to the life and art of Romare Bearden.

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Curriculum, teacher training, and residencies that revolves around Romare Bearden in the Classroom.

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