Barnes smART Fund for Arts Education

Why should a healthcare company care about supporting arts education for children?

In 2014, we, along with The Barnes Foundation, announced an endowment gift of $500,000 from GSK and the GSK Foundation to support K-8 education outreach programs for schoolchildren in the Philadelphia School District (SDP). The Barnes Foundation SmART fund for Education, Established by GSK, will fund three programs providing economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to experience and learn from the Foundation’s world-renowned art collection. Participating students will receive free admission, busing, expert instruction, and instructional materials.

Developed in partnership with administrators and teachers from the SDP, the programs are designed to use the Barnes’s art collection to enrich core curriculum subject areas, including literacy, science and math, history, and geography. Evidence suggests that students who have taken years of art courses achieve higher SAT verbal and math scores. Classes also foster appreciation for the artistic expression of cultures from around the world.

In the first year: