The Hartfel Foundation believes in the passionate pursuit of excellence, in all its forms, on an individual and community level. The arts provide an ideal environment for the development of the amazing human potential we all have within us. They demand an inner understanding and self-realization that classroom schooling, though useful, most often neglects. In order to be great in the arts, you must face who you are every day, on a very real, tangible level. You engage not only the mind but the emotions, and all the deep-seated assumptions that limit our ability to change our lives and grow in who we are, both as individuals and as powerful sources of inspiration to others.

The arts give us the opportunity to challenge our limitations, perceived or real, and come out the stronger for it. Through that experience comes the kind of knowledge that only wisdom can deliver.

Civilization and culture go hand in hand. The arts nourish the senses and increase sensitivity to the world. They encourage different ways of seeing the world, more creative ways of communicating. This sensitivity is essential to holding a culture together, to raising consciousness so members of society are concerned with more than making money or caring for their own personal welfare.

The Hartfel Foundation is dedicated to building this high level of consciousness through the arts, from within America’s own significant resources of talent and ingenuity. Only when a society has developed its own internal art and culture can it appreciate other cultures; only then can it invite others to work side by side, in the creation of a significantly more civilized world.