The Savoy, 1975
The Foundation has actively participated in and developed legacy-based programs and projects that advance new scholarship on Bearden, expand public knowledge of his involvement with other disciplines, including music and literature. Projects enhance the public visibility of Bearden and the Foundation.
Bearden Fellows receive hands-on work experience in various museum functions, including curatorial, public programing, interpretive materials, audience development, marketing and fundraising. While specific assignments are tailored to the Museum's needs as well as the Bearden Fellow’s skill and interests, all Fellows receive individualized mentoring and training from senior museum staff that fosters confidence building critical to entry level museum professionals.
In 2010 the Foundation began to plan a national celebration commemorating the 100 anniversary of Romare Bearden’s birth. Institutions that hold Bearden art participated in efforts to highlight those works that year; Bearden’s hometown of Charlotte, NC threw a citywide celebration with its cultural institutions; the Mint Museum of Art developed the signature exhibition Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections; The Studio Museum in Harlem created the 3-part exhibition The Bearden Project that commissioned contemporary artists to create artistic responses to the artist’s legacy; Cultural institutions around the country participated with their own programs of exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, talks and lectures.
The Bearden Foundation developed a new website dedicated to the centennial and capturing all the wonderful events in New York and beyond. The special feature “Bearden 100” allowed 100 artists to pick their favorite Bearden artwork. This idea was designed to give voice to the influence, as well as connecting back to these artist’s own work. Check out the Bearden 100 feature where artists weighed in on their favorite works.
Events held in stores: Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Atlanta, Aventura, Charlotte, New Orleans and Houston and New York City which featured Susan Taylor.
The Foundation conceived and led a historic seven-month long New York Citywide celebration to honor Bearden’s legacy. The Romare Bearden Homecoming Celebration (October 2004 – March 2005), coincided in part with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s presentation of his retrospective, and included over twenty participating cultural and educational institutions in all five boroughs offering engaging art, music, dance and family programs.
Through the Celebration, the Foundation reached a broad public, educating them about Bearden’s multifaceted talents and interests.
It featured all new arrangements of Bearden favorites, including the acclaimed song Seabreeze of which he co-authored. The Foundation contributed to the development of an accompanying booklet of images, now a collector’s item.