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VIOLETTE DE MAZIA FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/11/2013: VIOLETTE DE MAZIA FOUNDATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: VIOLETTE DE MAZIA FOUNDATION

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Wayne, PA

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VIOLETTE DE MAZIA FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/11/2013: VIOLETTE DE MAZIA FOUNDATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: VIOLETTE DE MAZIA FOUNDATION

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Physical Address: Wayne, PA 19087 
EIN: 51-0492623
Web URL: www.demazia.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A25 Arts Education/Schools
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A40 Visual Arts Organizations
B Educational Institutions
B60 Adult, Continuing Education
Ruling Year: 2004 


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Mission Statement

Violette de Mazia believed that education is a lifelong activity of growth, development and change; that life and art are inextricably linked; that all human beings possess an aesthetic nature; and that enriching this aspect of our lives is a prerequisite to a cultured society. The Foundation is dedicated to the continuance of these principles and to the vision of her colleague, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, to provide for a better society and the common good through education. The Violette de Mazia Foundation's mission is to promote, teach, study and advance the aesthetic philosophy  theories and experiential educational methods of art appreciation developed by John Dewey, Albert C. Barnes and Violette de Mazia.  Based on their objective method of art appreciation, our courses show students how to objectively look at works of art, as well as the world around them.

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

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Leadership

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Mr. Ross Mitchell

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Ross L. Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Violette de Mazia Foundation. Mr. Mitchell started his career as a painter and studied at the Barnes Foundation with Violette de Mazia. He previously served Executive Director of Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia where he repositioned the cemetery into a heritage tourism destination. For seven years he was the Gallery Director at the Barnes Foundation in Merion Station where he led the thirteen million dollar renovation of the gallery at its original location. Mr. Mitchell was also Senior Associate for Viart Corporation, a Manhattan based art-consulting firm. His volunteer service has included serving as President of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Commissioner on the Lower Merion Historical Commission, as well as Vice President of the Lower Merion Historical Society. The Violette de Mazia Foundation teaches aesthetics and art appreciation and helps students learn to read visual information objectively. The theories underlying this approach declare art appreciation important for everyone regardless of academic or economic standing. The Foundation is dedicated to provide for a better society and the common good through education.

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Our courses encourage students of all ages to see the art, rather than the subject, in a painting and provide the tools for interpreting, understanding, and communicating what they experience.

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Programs

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How can a viewer begin to understand and discuss works of art?  This course introduces participants to an objective approach to appreciate the art in art, as well as in everyday experiences. Learn why artists capture our imagination decades or even centuries after their work was created. Learn the meaning of an aesthetic experience.   This course introduces participants to the objective method for the appreciation of art and allows students to  undertake personal and independent analyses of works of art. Please be aware that repeated absences from this course may preclude you from successfully meeting the requirements to move onto the next level in our programming. Students completing Part I, Part II and one Seminar course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The Violette de Mazia Foundation teaches aesthetic appreciation to any interested student: from academics and senior citizens to school students and prison inmates. We teach students to read visual information objectively and to describe their discoveries. We teach specific tools that develop and assist perception. These tools enable students to uncover the art in works of art and in their everyday experiences. The Violette de Mazia Foundation's programming advances the theories and experiential educational methods developed by John Dewey, Dr. Albert C. Barnes and Violette de Mazia. A meticulous analysis of the objective facts in a work of art occurs as students ask questions, discuss perceptions and carefully observe the artwork they are trying to understand. Inquiry, experimentation, discussion and practice facilitate mastery of the method. Alumni tell us that the de Mazia program changes their lives by making art accessible wherever they encounter it, whether that be in a museum or in their backyard. They say what was invisible to them in works of art they now see and understand--unaided by anything more than the tools they master, their own senses, and their own life experience. After taking our course, one Graterford Prison student said that we put a window in his cell. The theories underlying this approach declare art appreciation important for everyone regardless of academic or economic standing. Firmly committed to the idea that life and art are inextricably linked, the Violette de Mazia Foundation's programs are predicated on the principle that education is a lifelong activity of growth, development and change, and that enriching this aspect of life is a prerequisite to developing an intelligent society.

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