The Robert E. Gard Foundation is committed to helping people and their communities discover the vital role the arts play in their day-to-day lives.
Explore the links to learn more about the Robert E. Gard Foundation and about the man himself.
Unlike most foundations, the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation does not grant funds.
Award of Excellence goes to Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates.
Continue to the Awards of Excellence page to see the interview with Gates and more.
In 2010, to mark the 100th birthday of Robert E. Gard, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Gard Foundation co-sponsored a symposium based around Gard's ideas.
His writings include many themes. He believed that every human being has an important story to tell, one that can be powerfully told through writing, music, dance, or any art form. He believed that the arts can be catalysts for community growth and change, and in The Arts in the Small Community he has sections that we've informally called the "Arts And" pages - Arts & Business, Arts & Religion, Arts & Health, Arts & Ethnic Groups, and more. He was passionate about the power of place, believing that from a consciousness of place can spring powerful creative insight.
Board members capped the Symposium by identifying certain projects that they believed captured some of these ideas, or by participating in national conversations using Gard's perspectives.
Click on each of the pictures above to read the mini-project details
The mini-projects were:
Funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board made possible a symposium on community arts development and the arts. Funding also made possible one-time mini-grants for activities or programs embodying ideas discussed during the symposium, identified by board members.
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.