SHOWCASING AND SUPPORTING EXCEPTIONAL SAVOIR-FAIRE AND CREATIVITY
In the field of culture, the Bettencourt Schueller Fondation supports outstanding expertise in such fields as arts and crafts and choral singing, brings contemporary relevance to historical, cultural and intangible heritage, and uses the power of moving images to share a humanistic vision of our future.
Arts and crafts professionals are passionate women and men. Masters of complex techniques, they transform materials into one-of-a-kind pieces or small series, shaping, restoring and designing exceptional works that are both beautiful and useful.
Rarely recognized for their real value, they epitomize excellence and contribute to the reputation of France.
These arts and crafts are part of our culture and are constantly changing, created by an astonishingly rich diversity of individuals and practices. Bearing history and innovation, they provide endless inspiration for new designers and serve as a hotbed of ideas for industry.
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller commitment to choral singing is based on the outstanding values associated with this artistic practice at its highest level: personal development, mastery of a technique shared by a group, exemplary and exceptionally demanding collective performances, the power of the experience offered by this musical art performed without instruments, the beauty of an often-overlooked repertory and the benefits of music for our society.
For 25 years, the Liliane Bettencourt Choral Singing Prize has honored choirs that represent the best of French vocal art, including Accentus, Les Arts Florissants, Les Eléments, L'Ensemble Aedes, Les Cris de Paris and Pygmalion. It has become a major prize for the recognition and encouragement of professional singing.
Over time, the Foundation has also stepped up its support for vocal training in choir schools, helped young choirs to become professional and brought choral singing to audiences that are typically not exposed to it. In 2014, the Foundation decided to expand its program for vocal art.
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller sometimes uses the power of images to further its commitments in the life sciences, the arts and social progress.
Mainly documentaries, these works combining pedagogy and aesthetics offer a new look at individuals, professions or little-known subjects.
On several occasions in recent years, the Foundation has also supported ambitious film productions or multimedia projects that celebrate the beauty of the living world, raise awareness of the fragility of our environment and promote a humanistic vision of our future.