About the Barat Foundation
The nonprofit Barat Foundation began in 1997 to give students a change to experience and create art. In Newark, it has enabled thousands of children to work with artists, creating over 50 pieces of public art on view throughout the city. The Barat Foundation is responsible for the city’s largest collaborate artwork, a peace mural painted by over 500 children in 14 schools to greet the Dalai Llama when he visited the city.
The foundation’s Animodule™ sculptures have been named Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors by then Mayor, now Senator Cory Booker. They are created by Newark youth working with artists. They are symbols of creativity, community, the power of expression and the city’s potential to rebuild itself. Projects like these reflect the Barat Foundation’s commitment to nonviolence, civic engagement and the power of art to transform live and communities.
The Barat’s believe that arts education is vital. They have seen firsthand how it helps students collaborate, problem solve, develop leadership skills and harness the power of self expression.
The foundation has received funding from the New Jersey Sate Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the city of Newark and the United Way, among others. It’s headquartered at the foundation’s One Gallery, at One Gateway Center in Newark.