Harriet & Esteban Vicente Foundation

The Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation was conceived during Harriet’s and Esteban’s lifetimes and fully endowed by Harriet’s estate in 2007. The Foundation’s initiatives serve to advance the philanthropic efforts of Harriet and Esteban by focusing on four major areas: promoting public access to and scholarship on Esteban Vicente’s artwork, providing support to the arts and arts education, funding scientific research in the field of mental health, and advancing programs that promote peaceful relations between Arab and Jewish populations in Israel.

Primary to the Foundation’s activities is the exploration of Vicente’s legacy in the arts. 
Support for exhibitions, publications, research grants, and the catalogue raisonné project further the understanding of Vicente’s participation in the New York School.  

In addition to advancing Vicente’s legacy the Foundation recognizes Harriet and Esteban’s commitment to the arts and education by providing funding to a range of institutions. Grant recipients include the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain, and the Parrish Museum in Water Mill, NY, as well as various smaller institutions over the years. Celebrating Vicente’s legacy as an educator, the Foundation’s support of Marquis Studios’ educational programs has expanded access to arts education in New York City public schools.

The Foundation’s contributions to the mental health research projects of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly known as NARSAD) and the Rockefeller University have helped to produce cutting edge breakthroughs both in the U.S. and abroad.

Partnering with the Jerusalem Foundation, the Vicente Foundation funded the construction of a playground in an area frequented by Arab and Jewish families to provide a joy filled space for the families to engage with each other. Additionally, the Foundation sponsored a highly successful and popular program offering educational opportunities for Arab women to gain life skills and establish their independence. The Foundation’s support of the Jerusalem Foundation’s programs and projects honors Harriet’s commitment to furthering peaceful relations in Israel.