Supporting the creative arts and preserving cultural heritage are causes intrinsic to the Swarovski business. The Swarovski Foundation continues this legacy by promoting scholarship and excellence in the creative arts. As part of this commitment, the Foundation has funded the preservation of significant cultural sites, including the Foundation first project San Giorgio Restoration and the Venice Biennale 2014, showcased excellent design through commissioning unique public works of art and by supporting premier design, arts and cultural institutions including graduate-level scholarships in architecture, jewelry and fashion design.
With the support of the Swarovski Foundation, Burgtheater, one of Europe’s most influential historical German-speaking theaters, is able to offer disadvantaged youth 600 tickets to visit theater performances free of charge. The Swarovski Foundation also supports 15 student scholarships to attend the ‘Open Burg’ workshops which teaches key performance skills including improvisation and drama exercises.
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS BA PROGRAM
The Swarovski Foundation Scholarship program collaborates with the world's best design schools to identify and support emerging talent. In 2016, fashion student Sophie Gilman and jewelry design student Elena Bonanomi were named the Swarovski Foundation Scholars.
FINE CELL WORK
Swarovski Foundation supports Fine Cell Work, a program that trains prisoners in high-quality, creative needlework in order to foster hope, instill discipline and expand post-release employability. The participants’ products sell to top interior designers, museums and heritage organizations worldwide.
FREE ARTS NYC
Free Arts NYC provides disadvantaged children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them foster the self-confidence and resilience needed to realize their fullest potential. The Swarovski Foundation is supporting Free Arts’ Teen Internship program, offering young people the opportunity to engage in real-world work experience in the arts and cultural sectors. The program uses a combination of arts and mentoring to enable disadvantaged young people to build pathways into creative careers
MediCinema builds, installs and manages state-of-the-art cinemas, screening current releases in hospitals and health facilities. The Swarovski Foundation supports MediCinema’s goal of improving patients’ health and happiness by bringing the power of cinema and film to patients at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, providing powerful and transformational access to the arts through film.
PALAIS DE TOKYO
Swarovski Foundation is pleased to promote contemporary art and support artists through a two year partnership with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. "Le Païpe" by the Swarovski Foundation gives two artists each year carte blanche to reimagine a space within one of the world’s most important art galleries. The 2016 collaborations feature American media artist Shana Moulton, and British-German performance artist Tino Sehgal.
PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
As part of the Swarovski Foundation scholarship program which aims to promote excellence in design through the support of students, in 2015 the organization announced its support for a Swarovski Foundation Scholar from the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons School of Design. The program promotes positive ethics within the fashion industry, and focuses on nurturing the next generation of designers, whose creativity will be focused on finding solutions to current sustainability issues.
SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION CENTRE FOR LEARNING AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
The Swarovski Foundation is a major supporter and donor to the Design Museum, London, helping to create a world-class learning center for design, while enabling the museum to expand and enrich its learning provision through an inspiring design-led education program. The Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning will attract 60,000 learners annually, acting as a hub that brings together the worlds of formal education, informal learning, and professional design.
The Salzburg Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world, featuring world-class performances of opera, plays and concerts. The event features creative performances from world renowned conductors, stage-directors, orchestras, singers, actors and virtuoso instrumentalists in the town on the Austrian river Salzach. With the support from the Swarovski Foundation more than 3,000 tickets will be available for disadvantaged youth.
The Swarovski Foundation supports the Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon Event in London, which honors the lifetime achievement of an artist who has established an enduring presence in the contemporary art world. In 2015 it established The Swarovski Foundation Youth and Community Programs Curator post to support young people in the East End of London, engage with art and ideas, meet creative professionals and open up career paths into the sector. The program is formed around collaborative artist-led projects, events and a dedicated peer-led youth forum entitled Duchamp & Sons.
Wac Arts provides a dynamic range of activities and professional training in the arts for youth. As part of the Swarovski Foundation scholarship program it has offered support for students in their first year of the Wac Arts Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre that equips aspiring performers with the skills needed for successful careers in the performing arts.