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20 Aug 2013

PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts

The St Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation founded in 1999 in Saint Petersburg (initially called the PRO ARTE Institute). The Foundation studies and promotes art and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries in five disciplines: visual art, contemporary music, contemporary architecture, cultural journalism, and design. The Foundation supports the projects of Russian artists and organisations, arranges exhibitions, festivals, concerts, conferences, lectures, and implements education programmes for young artists, journalists, and designers. Many projects of the PRO ARTE Foundation involve such partners as the State Hermitage Museum, the Museum of History of St Petersburg or the St Petersburg State University. The programmes of the PRO ARTE Foundation are supported by the St. Petersburg Government Committee for Culture, the European Union and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and other organisations and foundations. The PRO ARTE Foundation holds about 250 events annually.

The Foundation implements a variety of programmes. The Visual Arts programme was launched in 1999, and is aimed to support and promote contemporary Russian art in an international context. The programme includes the Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum annual international festival and holds exhibitions in cooperation with other museums and other cultural institutions in St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities.

The Music programme was launched in 2000. Its main direction is eNsemble, (“ensemble of contemporary academic music and its unusual concerts”). There are other projects involving eNsemble, such as competitions for composers Pythian Games and Step Aleft. The programme holds festivals of contemporary foreign music that feature leading ensembles and performers of contemporary music.

The Contemporary Architecture program was launched in 2004. It is focused on the trends in contemporary architecture, the history of architecture of the 20th century and the problems of conservation of architectural heritage. Since 2010 the PRO ARTE Foundation in cooperation with the St Petersburg State University has been offering a special course in museum design, and since 2012 it has also organised lectures, education trips and master classes on ‘design for all’ and in particular on the organisation of space in cultural institutions with regard to blind and visually impaired visitors.

There are cultural journalism programmes as well, aimed to help young journalists who write about cultural issues.