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Paris, France

Fondation Foujita (H³ #2)

Access to art: a new perspective for professional training

Fondation Foujita accompanies young people who are in professional training but have little or no access to cultural activities. Individual art projects develop participants’ intellectual curiosity, aesthetic sensitivity, respect for fine materials and sense of pride in their finished work, as they prepare to enter working life.   

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Fondation Foujita (H³ #2)
© Fondation Foujita – photo : Laurence Godart

Founded in 2011 under the aegis of the Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil, the Fondation Foujita honours the work and memory of Léonard Foujita, a leading protagonist of the Paris School in the early 20th century. Rooted in the work and reputation of the celebrated Japanese artist (whose moral rights and estate it holds), the Fondation Foujita develops artistic and cultural projects aimed at young people in situations of difficulty.

The scheme supports over 200 young people from across the Paris region, attending professional lycées but isolated from mainstream education, family life or the community. A programme of workshops and cultural visits targets the landscape gardeners, cooks or cabinet-makers of tomorrow, introducing them to Japanese artistic practices (calligraphy, mangas, etc.) or food photography, as a way to foster their individual creativity, inspired by the career of Léonard Foujita himself.

These varied options aim to give individuals the best possible opportunities for personal fulfilment and success prior to their entry into the job market. An awareness of the importance of art in life is vital for these future professionals, helping them to broaden their horizons, develop their intelligence and sensitivity, and restore their often broken links with the community. The Fondation Foujita is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the second edition of our H³ programme (Heart – Head – Hand).

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