Keith Haring, one of the best-known contemporary artists in the world, created and donated what has become the Best Buddies logo. It incorporates a colorful creation that represents one-to-one affection and acceptance. The image is a work of art in itself, and therefore it is important to preserve its integrity as such. The logo is licensed, managed and monitored by the Keith Haring Foundation in New York.
“It is hard to imagine any artist who could have captured the spirit and mission of Best Buddies better than the Pop Artist Keith Haring. His artwork is so simple and spot-on in capturing the concepts of friendship, togetherness and one person helping another. You just look at the Best Buddies logo and your heart beats a bit faster—you can feel the power of friendship coming to life right before your eyes. I will never forget meeting Haring in his studio in New York City in the late 1980’s. I was a college student and he was an artist I admired and followed. He didn’t know me from a hole-in-the-wall, but he had a family member with special needs and understood the significance of the Best Buddies mission. He knew what a friend meant in his life and his family member’s life. He immediately told me he wanted to help and asked if he could donate our logo. The rest is history—and a form of magic. I will always be in debt to Haring for his creative genius and generosity.”
— Best Buddies International Founder and Chairman, Anthony K. Shriver