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The Trust is eligible to receive matching grants through the IBM Matching Grants Program. We want to thank all the current employees and retirees who not only donated to us, but completed the matching grant form. If you are a current or former IBM employee, and a donor to the Trust, please consider the matching program. Funds received will help defray the costs of Dancing for the Arts and The Fete.



Since there is always too much to do in Rochester, our

Events Calendar has been color-coordinated.

Fundraisers are in green, events in red and auditions and gallery showings in blue. We hope this central location will assist arts organizations and others in planning their own activities, such as fundraisers. As well as letting everyone know when that high school or college play is being performed, or the season schedule for your favorite performing arts group. But this interactive website is also only as good as those who use it- so submit your events and refer to the calendar and Events section for all things Arts.




Take the Public Art Master Plan Survey Now!  

The Trust wants your help in shaping the future of public art in Rochester.

In collaboration with local government, artists, business and community leaders, residents and other stakeholders, the Trust is spearheading development of a Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) for the city of Rochester. This survey is one method of gathering public input for outlining the vision, goals and framework for public art in Rochester.

 The survey is confidential!!!! 

Forecast Public Art, a professional public art firm based in the Twin Cities and contracted by the Trust, will tabulate survey responses.



        DFTA V is in the history books     as surpassing all previous years!

525 people attended


$114,000 raised


DFTA Take V Trophy winning team:

Julie Domaille & Gary Dahl


Judges' Choice Trophy winning team:

Elizabeth Nida Obert & John Vitek



Saturday, April 22, 2017




Ardee Award Nominations are now Rolling!

Since there is so much happening throughout the year, why not submit a nomination for an outstanding volunteer, a striking piece of public art, an outstanding artist you admire, and any other of the categories, at the time you are thinking about it?

The deadline for ALL Ardee Awards nominations is September 10, 2016, but you don't need to wait.

Get started now by clicking here for the nomination forms.



Arts and Cultural Trust contracts for development of Public Art Master Plan for Rochester


The Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust received $15,000 in matching funds from the City of Rochester to contract with Forecast Public Art to develop a public art Master Plan for Rochester with community input.


Council members voted 6-0 to approve the request, which matched private sector funds contributed by all board members of the Trust, Maier Tree & Lawn, Dr. Richard and Evelyn Berger, Amadio Family Fund for the Arts and the Gus Chafoulias Trust.


Forecast Public Art, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit established in 1978, has built an international reputation as a leader in the field, publishing Public Art Review magazine, providing grants and technical assistance to Minnesota artists, and offering communities a wide range of consulting services that embody their mission of “strengthening and advancing the field of public art.”


Public art today goes beyond murals, monuments and memorials. It can help shape more livable, equitable and resilient cities. It can contribute to community well-being, improve cultural and economic health in urban environments and contribute to identity and way finding.


Artists are helping to shape the built environment, engaging in place-making, community cultural development, urban planning and programming. The public art Master Plan for the City of Rochester will serve the entire Rochester community, guiding and incentivizing investment in public art.