The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations


Strengthening communities, Building skills, Fighting inequalities

Since the 19th century, the Rothschild family has stood out for its visionary approach to cultural patronage by supporting illustrious artists of the time, such as Ingres, Berlioz and Chopin, and even through the exceptional composition of manuscripts and historical prints, bequeathed to the Louvre Museum in 1935 by the heirs of Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

Nearly 250 years later, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations passionately continue the tradition of artistic sponsorship while simultaneously tackling the issues of the 21st century by resolutely engaging in social commitment. Their drive? Channeling artistic excellence into efforts promoting the social, cultural and personal inclusion and emancipation of different communities and the people that comprise them.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Edgar Degas

Our mission

Through the many programs we rigorously select each year, we support and initiate interactive and engaging artistic practices that herald social transformation and inclusion, bringing together creativity, entrepreneurial demands and engagement. These artistic initiatives offer new models for education and social change and provide a bridge between privileged districts and less-favored areas, between prestigious schools and local non-profit organizations and between renowned stages and young talented individuals.

Promote the education and reach of the arts

among renowned professionals, emerging artists and audiences who are disconnected from artistic practices and art culture

Develop cultural outreach programs

to get the process of community participation going and stimulate individual and collective efforts

Strengthen activism within artistic fields

and sustain a professional, social and political debate on the value of cultural diversity


direct beneficiaries

countries involved


Dianoura! is an unprecedented project organized by Orchestra at School. It allows primary and secondary school musical ensembles to take part in a large, professional concert.
Una Ciudad, Muchos Mundos
The initiative Una Ciudad, Muchos Mundos – Arte y Comunidades develops community-based cultural projects and research/action projects aimed at encouraging people to reflect on issues of urban life.
Actions de médiation culturelle Théâtre de Vidy
The Vidy Theater in Lausanne is undertaking several cultural outreach efforts to expose to the performing arts audiences that are otherwise not theater-engaged.
The arcades: Walter Benjamin
From March to August 2017, this exhibition at the Jewish Museum brings together archives and contemporary art associated with the Arcades Project, one of Walter Benjamin’s emblematic works.
Guggenheim Social Practice
Led by New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Social Practice is a socially engaged project exploring the potential impact of participatory art on society.
Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy
The Gstaad Academy offers specific training for young professional and amateur musicians and the opportunity to perform on the recognized stage of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival
Master TRANS - de la Head
Art’Lib, a project spearheaded by the students of the TRANS— Master's Program of the Geneva School of Art and Design uses collaborative art to bring to life a cultural space in the heart of an underprivileged area.
Bridging - FIAF
Bridging: an initiative by FIAF and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations that examines the reality of cultural diversity on both sides of the Atlantic and endeavors to propose some concrete solutions.
An educational and artistic training program linking the creative process with social impact.
Polaritats is a coaching program that aims to boost the employability of young graduate artists and improve their entrepreneurial projects.
Ensemble Connect
A musical residency program that combines artistic excellence, social engagement, and training for the Ensemble Connect musicians.
Liaisons Urbaines
Liasons Urbaines is a program for enhancing public spaces in African cities through experimental and sustainable interventions that combine urban planning, design, art and heritage.
Ier Acte
Supporting young talented actors whose diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds have limited their access to the professional world of theater—such is the objective of Ier Acte.