in 2001, The Golda Foundation is a non-profit foundation rooted
in the belief that art is essential to life.
The Foundation provides subsistence grants to poets, writers, painters sculptors and performers and seeks to promote public interest in the creative process, while affording artists a modicum of dignity in a country where most of their work is neither appreciated nor rewarded.
The Golda Foundation was founded by Robert W. Yarra and is named in memory of his loving mother, who fought for basic human rights and instilled in Robert an intense desire to help those in need. He has been and is a long-time benefactor of artists, providing financial assistance as well as other resources and friendship. As he writes, "There are many great artists who suffer the tribulations of Job - trying to write, paint, and compose, while at the same time wondering where their next meal will come from or when they will lose the roof over their heads. In many other countries, the artist is lauded and respected and given enough money to keep body and soul together. In America, except for a small audience, most artists are not appreciated unless they are seen on the TV or the Big Screen or heard and seen on MTV."
The Golda Foundation, being based in the Central Valley of California, realizes its responsibility to the community. The Foundation acts on this responsibility by sponsoring and funding various art and literary related projects within the community and the communities educational system.
We believe that offering positive recognition and reward for young people's creative and intellectual expression will expand the way they view and respond to their community.
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“You saw in her the personalization of something torn and loose and deep down primitive in all of us.” —George Plimpton, Paris Review
“Vali’s dogs, Vali’s trees, Vali’s donkey, the birds, the flowers, the caves, the spiders of Vali. We have seen for the first time the old skeleton of nature." —Bernardo Bertolucci, film-maker, Last Tango in Paris, Stealing Beauty
Published by The Golda Foundation © 2007