Processing Foundation

Processing Foundation


The Processing Foundation’s mission is to promote software literacy within the visual arts, and visual literacy within technology-related fields. Our goal is to empower people of all interests and backgrounds to learn how to program and make creative work with code, especially those who might not otherwise have access to these tools and resources.

We do this by developing and distributing a group of related software projects, which includes Processing, p5.js, and, and facilitating partnerships and collaborations with allied organizations and individuals, to build a more diverse community around software and the arts.

The Processing Foundation is specifically invested in expanding the communities of technology and the arts to include and support those who have not had equal access. At our core is the philosophy and politics of open-source software. We believe that learning to program is not about acquiring a certain skillset, but is instead a creative and exploratory process.


Board of Directors: Ben Fry, Lauren McCarthy , Daniel Shiffman , Casey Reas
Director of Initiatives: Johanna Hedva
Advisor: John Maeda

The Processing Foundation was founded in 2012 after more than a decade of work with the original Processing software. Over the years, Processing has reached and empowered not only artists and coders, but also designers, filmmakers, educators, musicians, performers, and students of all kinds.