Since Dr. Barnes built a collaboration between Lincoln University and his educational institution into the bylaws of the Foundation, Lincoln has been, and continues to be, a valued partner. In addition to holding nomination rights for the Foundation's Board of Trustees, Lincoln helps the Barnes to develop important academic initiatives, such as co-designed courses for instruction in the Barnes's galleries, and in creating programs related to Lincoln's Center of Excellence for Visual Arts. The combination of the Foundation's educational principles and the University's primary academic areas of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Humanities, results in a fruitful collaboration between the two institutions.
University of Pennsylvania
The Barnes Foundation is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Collection Sharing Program. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and spearheaded by the University's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, this program features a consortium of collection- and education-based institutions that work together to engage in dialogue and to strengthen the research and exhibition opportunities available to them all.
A Philadelphia-based organization, Fresh Artists seeks to include children in the cycle of sustainable philanthropy. Recently, Fresh Artists students created works inspired by art from the Barnes collection. Their artwork, featured at the construction site of the Barnes's new downtown location, not only beautified the scaffolding, but also raised money for new art supplies. Building partnerships with Fresh Artists and other area arts- and education-focused non-profits, is evidence of the Foundation's mission of "promot[ing] the advancement of education" in action.