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.


Our Allies

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.

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.

The Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) supports the Hawaii arts infrastructure with a global outreach by presenting the Honolulu Biennial, focused on art from the Pacific, the Asian continent and the Americas. Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs, with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii’s youth, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as exhibitions and professional development opportunities for the local arts community.

The Art of Elysium is a charity committed to a “full circle” approach that 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 Elysium’s 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. By providing an emotionally and physically safe space for mutual exchange, we provide a variety of creative tools to help individuals in need realize relief, happiness, liberation and self-empowerment through exploration and expression in social and collaborative ways.

Elysium Bandini Studios  is a philanthropic studio that unites the actor/director James Franco and The Art of Elysium charity to enable emerging artists opportunities to create fully funded and marketed films with the input and collaboration of prominent professionals in the field. In turn, the film projects support the programs of the Art of Elysium charity throughout the community.