Culture can take many forms, opera or a hip-hop battle, Munch’s Scream or Hitchcock’s Birds, it is a constant metamorphosis. It passes from one hand to the other, from one ear to the other, from one glance to the other and is transmitted by the power of our senses.
And one thing remains unchangeable: freely lived culture is a gateway to one another. It breaks down differences. It is no longer a question of gender, social background, nationality, religion, but a meeting. A meeting with yourself and something else.
Sharing culture with everyone so we all open up to one another is breaking down the walls that separate us. This is the ideal that drives Art Explora, and all of us, cultural professionals and volunteers, from all walks of life.
Around the world, we gently infiltrate the best of artistic creation into everyone’s life from harbours, schools, screens…
So, whether it’s a podcast or video, sailing, motorised or even on foot, we go out to meet you in order to introduce the masterpiece that could change your life for ever.
The day may come when you too will become cultural ambassadors. You will then discover the happiness of creating deep connections with those who previously seemed so different from you.
On our platform or on our boat, bridges are created, never barriers, because that’s what culture should always be.
A word from Frédéric Jousset
« I am convinced that art is essential to everyone’s life but that the inequalities related to the access of its creation are still too deep. There is an urgent need for culture to come out of its comfort zone and reach a wider audience. I am creating Art Explora to take up this major challenge: sharing culture with as many people as possible. »
Art Explora was created by Frédéric Jousset, a French entrepreneur and a great patron of culture.
After graduating from HEC Paris in 1992 (he currently chairs the HEC Alumni network), he co-founded Webhelp, a 50,000 people-strong global leader in business process outsourcing (BPO).
Fond of art and heritage, Frédéric Jousset is a committed actor in culture, President of Beaux-Arts & Cie (French art newspaper Beaux-Arts Magazine), owner of the Relais de Chambord, he chaired the board of directors of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2011 to 2014. Administrator of the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs and « Grand Patron » of the Louvre Museum since 2016, he has been notably involved with the Museum in organizing conferences in prisons.
In 2018, he was also tasked by the French President to lead the working group for the launch of the Pass Culture, an engagement of President Emmanuel Macron for the cultural sector, which consists in a platform giving access to a large cultural offer to each citizen reaching majority.
Frédéric is also a shareholder in a number of high growth startup companies across Europe, many within the art world, including Arteum (museum shops), Incubart (art platform) and Artsper (art market place).
He is the recipient of various orders including Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters, Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.
As a law student, Bruno was elected as Chairman of the leading student union, UNEF, in 2005. In 2008, he became deputy-mayor in charge of youth for the City of Paris. As First Deputy to the Mayor of Paris, he was in charge of culture, artistic professions and heritage in 2014. He sits on a the boards of a number of Paris’ cultural institutions and, between 2014 and 2018, was Chairman of Paris Musées, a public body representing the 14 museums of the City of Paris. As special advisor to the Ministry of National Education, he helped to draw up education policy guidelines in 2012. He left the City of Paris Council in 2018 to join Frédéric Jousset who was prefiguring Art Explora, and became the director of the foundation on its creation in 2019.
Digital strategy manager
Following his Ecole du Louvre undergraduate degree, Philippe obtained a DEA (M.Phil) in the history of art at Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne, and a DESS (postgraduate diploma) in document engineering at ENSSIB. Since then he has held some key roles in the digital world of some of Paris’ cultural institutions. More recently, he was deputy development manager and head of digital services and communication at Paris Musées. Philippe now manages the foundation’s digital strategy. Beyond elaborating strategy, he also leads the design and implementation of various digital resources and contributes to the setting up of national and international partnerships.
Head of programs and content
Anne graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in 2012 after qualifying in 2010 in Aesthetics & Science of Arts at Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne. She then spent 6 years developing culture policies for the City of Paris which involved guiding stakeholders in contemporary art and in art for public spaces and museums. Nowadays she takes care of the foundation’s programmes and content management, steering the development of the Art Explora digital platform. She is also in charge of the Art Explora – Académie des Beaux-Arts European Award and develop the foundation’s different partnerships.
Blanche de Lestrange
Following her Sorbonne undergraduate degree in history of art, Blanche graduated from Sciences Po Paris and has been deputy director in charge of the FIAC artistic programming and « Hors les Murs » programs since 2010. She has also directed performance, dance, artists’ films and conference programs in collaboration with major cultural institutions such as the Louvre, the Palais de la découverte and the Centre Pompidou, and was co-curator for performance programs at the Silencio in Paris and the Printemps de Septembre contemporary art festival. In 2017, she co-founded the association Thanks for Nothing, which creates links between the art world and charity organizations. At Art Explora, she will develop artist residencies at the Cité internationale des arts in Montmartre and build synergies with the foundation’s cultural partners.
Spain and United Kingdom manager
After graduating from the Spanish business school ICADE and Northeastern University in the United States, Maider began her international career in Paris where she spent 9 years marketing products for L’Oréal on the world Luxury market. Her passion for contemporary art and design led her to the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London’s Mayfair district where she worked as an exhibitions and PR manager. She is now a patron of the Hayward Gallery in London. As a consultant, Maider has also helped many luxury brands to team up with artists. Today, she is in charge of the foundation’s activities in Spain and the United Kingdom and one of her roles is to handle the award-related aspects in both of these countries.
Laure de Moussac
In charge of the volunteer network and cultural roadshows
After graduating from HEC Paris with a Master’s degree in sustainable development and social innovation, Laure worked for one year with Big Mamma, a fast growing startup in the food industry, as an offer development manager before joining Art Explora. Laure has a dual French and Italian nationality, she is fond of arts and culture and has previously worked with the French Ministry of Culture as partnership manager for the Pass Culture app, an engagement of President Emmanuel Macron for the cultural sector, which consists in a platform giving access to a large cultural offer to each citizen reaching majority. She is now in charge of building the foundation’s network of volunteers and implementing cultural roadshows.
The endowment fund
- Capital endowment
- Registered headquarters
- Art ExploraTrademark registered and published on 8 November 2019 in the Bulletin Officiel de la Propriété industrielle (BOPI).
- 9/11/2019The creation of the Art Explora Endowment Fund was published in the Journal Officiel on 9 November 2019.
- Endowment fund, prefiguring a Recognised Public Utility FoundationThe statutes of the endowment fund are governed by the law of 4 August 2008 on the modernisation of the economy and the decree of 11 February 2009 on endowment funds. The Art Explora project, which takes place over a long period of time, aims to become a Recognised Public Utility Foundation (FRUP) in the short term).
- 4 million eurosA first non-expendable endowment of 4 million euros was granted by its founder, Frédéric Jousset. To this capital will be added each year the allocations necessary to finance its actions.
- ParisThe endowment fund’s headquarters is registered as 9 Bd de la Madeleine, Paris 1er..