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 funds the preservation of significant cultural sites, such as the statue of San Giorgio on the San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica in Venice; supports arts programs including the Venice Biennale, which showcases excellence in design through commissioning unique public works of art; and supports design education, including graduate-level scholarships in architecture, jewelry and fashion design.
The Burgtheater is the Austrian National Theater in Vienna and one of the most important German-language theaters in the world. The Swarovski Foundation has supported the Burgtheater since 2016, enabling the theater to offer free tickets to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as scholarships for the Open Burg drama program to young people, including refugees, with limited financial means.
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS
Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college in London. Since 2014, the Swarovski Foundation has supported scholarships for undergraduate students on the Fashion and Jewellery Design courses, helping to nurture emerging talent and promote creativity in the fashion and jewelry industries.
centre for london
Centre for London is a think tank and charity dedicated to making London a fair and prosperous city. With the Swarovski Foundation's support, Centre for London is undertaking new research to identify the barriers preventing young people from accessing jobs and training in London’s cultural industries. This research will put forward new policy ideas to ensure that everyone can make the most of opportunities in the sector.
Sarabande was established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen as a foundation to support those who are creatively fearless. Swarovski Foundation supports Sarabande to continue McQueen’s ethos of ‘giving back’, providing creatives with scholarships and studio space so they can continue to learn and further their talent during their critical development phase.
Superar works to empower underprivileged young people to overcome socio-economic barriers through active music-making in choirs and orchestras. The Swarovski Foundation helps to fund the program, enabling these young people to access quality music education as a tool to address challenges in their lives.
PALAIS DE TOKYO
Palais de Tokyo is a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art in Paris. The Swarovski Foundation's partnership with the museum provides two artists annually with the opportunity to reimagine a space within one of the world’s most important art destinations.
PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Parsons School of Design enables students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing industry. The Swarovski Foundation supports scholarships for students to enable them to learn about all aspects of the fashion business, with a particular focus on sustainable design.
SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION CENTRE FOR LEARNING AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
The Design Museum in London is a world-leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form. The Swarovski Foundation was a major donor to the new Design Museum, which opened in 2017, helping to create The Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning. This outstanding facility attracts 60,000 learners annually, acting as a hub that brings together the worlds of formal education, informal learning, and professional design.
Salzburg Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world, featuring world-class opera, drama and music concerts. With the Swarovski Foundation's support, the festival can offer 5,000 free tickets for festival performances to youths, enabling them to experience and explore culture and the arts first-hand.
The Swarovski Foundation partners with the Whitechapel Gallery in London to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to engage with art and discover potential careers in the industry. The Swarovski Foundation Youth Programmes Curator delivers a program of workshops and events to bring young people closer to artistic creativity.