Mission & Vision
Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21's mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.
Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist's voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. For nearly two decades, Art21 has changed the paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process.
Films & Projects
In addition to its Peabody Award-winning PBS television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces the digital film seriesNew York Close Up, Extended Play, and Artist to Artist; special artist projects including the Peabody Award-winning feature William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible; educational resources and professional development; an online publication featuring guest contributors; and a comprehensive website at Art21.org. Art21 also produces a number of public programs annually that connect audiences to artists and the artistic process.
The Art21 Michael C. Sandler Education Program engages audiences in dialogue about contemporary art and the artists featured in Art21 films. Art21's educational initiatives include the Art21 Educators learning community, the production of interpretive resources, professional development workshops and lectures, and participatory programs and screening events.
Art21 serves educators and their students by providing free materials and programs devoted to the exploration of contemporary art and artists, including a widely distributed series of educators' and screening guides.