Aspen Institute Arts Program


The Aspen Institute Arts Program believes that in 2017 culture will play a crucial role in creating a way forward as a nation, building recognition of our common humanity and rights. In the words of President John F. Kennedy, spoken in 1963 but as resonant as ever today:

“For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”

President Kennedy also hailed poetry as the antidote to man’s arrogance, and a reminder of the “richness and diversity of his existence.” We take JFK’s words as a charge, as we continue to develop a national leadership program for young poets and other emerging artists, and create public programming dedicated to enhancing the role and voice of culture in addressing the issues facing our nation.

Click here to support this vital work. Your tax-deductible gift – large or small – will help ensure that our program continues to be successful. Help us make a difference through arts and culture; your support is sincerely appreciated.