Engaging the Senses Foundation is an educationally-oriented non-profit created to support and sustain people in utilizing their senses — sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing — to create a consciously-lived life. Its primary emphasis is on “waking up” through the arts, with a particular focus on the universal language of poetry. ETSF believes by engaging the senses through the arts and storytelling that equality, social justice, environmental awareness and compassion can be advanced in local communities and around the world.
ETSF’s cooperative ventures include a partnership with the Arts Research Center of UC Berkeley on the multi-year Poetry & the Senses initiative that sponsors poetry fellowships, visiting writer events, chapbooks, and festivals that investigate the connection between poetry and the senses; support of the California Arts Council’s production of DREAM Magazine, an annual publication that features voices and stories from across the state; California Poets Laureate Gathering; grants for multiple projects with Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center, including Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Ai Weiwei: Trace exhibitions, and readings by poetry luminaries such as U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and former U.S. Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; and active ongoing partnerships with The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Mālama Honua Charter School, Hawai‘i Contemporary, and Kaua‘i Writers Conference.
Engaging The Senses Foundation’s support and grants are by invite only.