Photo provided courtesy of the University of Wisconin-Madison Archives.
The Robert E. Gard Foundation is committed to fostering healthy communities through arts-based development.
We envision communities in which all people discover and engage their individual and collective creativity, altering the face and the heart of America for the common good.
The Robert E. Gard-Wisconsin Idea Foundation celebrates and perpetuates the life, work and values of Robert E. Gard as a symbol of leadership in making creative communities a reality.
- The arts spring from the commonplace and celebrate our essential humanity.
- Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in arts and cultural experiences.
- Each of us has the capacity to “alter the face and the heart of America.”
- The arts have the power to ignite change.
- The arts are an essential part of building healthy communities and meaningful lives.
- The arts play a vital role in placemaking.
- Ensure Robert E. Gard’s work is accessible.
- Serve as catalyst, inquisitor and a convener.
- Facilitate collaborations and partnerships.
- Identify and promote best practices for arts-based community development.
The Foundation was formed in 1980 as an outgrowth of Robert Gard’s University of Wisconsin projects stemming from the 1940s. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the arts. Unlike most foundations, the Robert E. Gard Foundation does not grant funds.