About Engaging the Senses Foundation

ENGAGING THE SENSES FOUNDATION represents the ongoing dedication of four generations of women to celebrating, promoting, and strengthening the power of the arts to move human beings from habitual, everyday reality into a state of focused attention. We believe that art in its highest forms seeds in individuals and groups an awareness that can help ensure the healing of our vital, fragile, beautiful world. We understand that by supporting artists in their boldest and most courageous visions, we are assisting humanity to thrive. Through the creation of programs and events that illuminate the intersection of art and compassion, we honor the indivisibility of the human spirit and nature, and attend to the nurturing of both.


Current Allies and Partners

UC Berkeleya member of  The University of California public university system and rated one of the top universities worldwide, is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world.

California Arts Council is committed to advancing California through the arts and creativity, envisioning a California where the lives of all Californians are enriched by access to and participation in a diverse spectrum of cultural experiences; where the arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of Californias populations; where students are provided with quality arts education so that they can reach their full potential; and where the arts enjoy strong, sustained public support and are woven into the fabric of daily life, promoting civic engagement, encouraging collective problem solving and building bridges across cultures.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a Native-led philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide. Their mission supports the belief that Native arts and cultures bring a valuable perspective to contemporary life; inspire healing within indigenous communities and among Native peoples and the general population; and provoke thought, spark discussion, explore solutions and add a vital contribution to our communities and world.

Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. They welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the worlds most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles.

Lost & Found publishes unexpected, genre-bending works by important 20th century writers. Unearthed from personal and institutional archives in the United States and abroad, these unique projects are edited by doctoral students at the Graduate Center,CUNY and published by the Center for the Humanities. Aimed at a general readership, these chapbooks expose and provoke new archival research and connections.

Hawaii Contemporary (formerly Honolulu Biennial) connects communities from across the islands and regions united by the Pacific Ocean and beyond. As a collaborative art partner, HC cultivates cultural alliances to showcase the Hawaii Triennial every three years and to celebrate contemporary art and ideas with a global outreach. The multi-site public exhibition is complemented by year-round public programs contributing to the Hawaii arts ecosystem including educational outreach programs and professional development opportunities for the local arts community.

Kauai Writers Conference is an intimate experience held yearly on the island of Kauai, where participants have the opportunity to learn from top authors, agents, and editors, focused on craft, the writing life, and how to get published.

Past Allies and Partners

5Acres was originally founded in downtown Los Angeles as an orphanage, created to offer safety to children who had no home. In time, their mission expanded to also focus on the well-being and mental health of clients who were increasingly coming to them as a result of abuse or neglect. Having grown to an agency caring for more than 9,700 children and family members annually across five counties, they now strive for the three pillars of safety, well-being and permanency, which provide the framework for all their programs.

The Art of Elysium is a charitable organization committed to a full circle” approach, which engages emerging artists in inspiring acts of service that forge opportunities for them to share their creativity in diverse and meaningful ways with individuals in need. The Art of Elysiums programs for hospitalized youth, special needs education centers, homeless shelters, elder care homes and hospice care facilities are designed to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis.

Nevada County Arts Councila State-Local Partner with California Arts Council, facilitates collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County to advance the cultural, social and economic life of the community.