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April 17, 2015

Barnes Foundation to Merge With Group That Supports Art Education

The Violette de Mazia Foundation is merging with the Barnes Foundation to create the Barnes-de Mazia Education Program at the Barnes Foundation, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Chemist and businessman Albert C. Barnes created his namesake foundation in 1922 to promote art education. Violette de Mazia started teaching at the foundation in 1926 and eventually became vice president of its Board of Trustees. The proceeds of the auction of her personal art collection in 1989 created her eponymous foundation, whose mission has been to promote the art education methods of Ms. de Mazia and Mr. Barnes. 

Supported by the Violette de Mazia Foundation’s $8 million endowment, the new program will provide scholarships, an annual lecture, and a research fellowship.