The mission of our publication program is twofold: to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. The mission is performed through publication of a magazine, capacity building for artists writing about their work, and community initiatives including arts events and an arts journalism competition.

Our publication program (including the magazine Bourgeon) is a bridge-builder between contemporary artists and audiences. We believe that greater involvement in the arts can strengthen individuals and communities.

The word Bourgeon is French for ‘bud’, as, ‘a bud on the limb of a tree’. Writing about art is not the flower itself; it is the bud.

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Jonathan Katz, Executive Director, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:

“The book is full of revelations about works of art, about how artists work, and about the cultural richness of Washington, DC. Kudos to Robert Bettmann for giving us the fifty-first work of art, this well conceived and edited book.”

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Past funding partners include the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of Washington, and the National Endowment for the Arts.