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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.





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2016 Ardee Award winners were announced on October 11th at the Mayo Civic Center. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the public (People’s Choice) and Mayor Ardell Brede (Mayor’s Award for Public Art), they are highlighted in red.

Congratulations to all named below who are honored as embodying excellence in the arts.


Mayor’s Award for Public Art

1. Art on the Avenue-Slattery Park

2. Kevin Dobbe

3. Parkside Gallery at Charter House


Leadership in the Arts Award

1. Debi Neville

2. Jack and Mary Ann Remick

3. Wayne Flock


Arts Collaboration Award

1. Choral Arts Ensemble and members of Rochester’s Cultural Community

2. Destination Medical Center, Rochester Art Center and Rochester Downtown Alliance

3. Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester-Youth Commission and National Alliance on Mental Illness


Outstanding Artist Award

1. Amara Vercnocke

2. Greg Miller

3. Terri Allred


Outstanding Volunteer in the Arts Award

1. Booker Mini Foundation

2. Gonda Singers

3. Nick Mezacapa


Excellence in Arts Education

  1. Children’s Dance Theatre
  2. MN Children’s Museum of Rochester
  3. Rochester Civic Theatre  STAR program


Outstanding Youth in Arts Award

1. Boys and Girls Club arts program

2. Southeastern MN Youth Orchestras (SEMYO)

3. Words Players/MN SkyVault Theatre Company


Outstanding Greater Rochester Arts Award

1. MN Marine Art Museum-Winona

2. Winona Symphony Orchestra

3. Wits’ End Theatre- Chatfield


People’s Choice Award

1. International Film Festival

2. Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside 25th Anniversary Season

3. Women on Wednesdays



Ardee Nomination Applications are over for the 2016 awards, but 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?

Get started now by clicking here for the nomination forms.



2016 Dancing for the Arts Take V grantees announced!

A record 19 grants are awarded by the Arts and Cultural Trust


Children’s Dance Theatre- $2000 to support school performances of the dance theatre production of “Pinocchio” at the Rochester Civic Theatre.


Dover Eyota Music Association- $1000 to support the expanded 6th annual SE MN a Cappella workshop for high school choirs.


Friends of Riverside Concerts- $1500 to support the Appalachian bluegrass music of Run Boy Run as part of the Artists in Residency school program.


Hambone Music Festival- $1000 to support workshops professionally teaching Blues Harmonica and creating homemade musical instruments.


History Center of Olmsted County- $1000 to support educational history summer day camps focusing on life in the 1800s.


Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota- $2000 to support the summer musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof”.


Justice and Opportunity for Youth- $2500 to support the 2017 ROCKchester: Teen Music and Art Festival.


Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester- $2000 to support family-oriented, art-based experiential learning programs.


Northland Words- $2000 to support costuming and/or stage construction improvements for Minnesota Renaissance Festival participation.


Rochester Art Center- $2000 to support the youth initiatives of The Informal Institute of Creativity.


 Rochester Civic Theatre- $2500 to support ARTSCON 2017, the 2nd Youth Arts Congress for high school students, focusing on the DMC impact on arts and humanities growth for youth.


Rochester Dance Company- $2000 to support school performances of the dance theatre production of “The Nutcracker” at Mayo Civic Center.


Rochester Irish Fest- $1000 to support youth activities focusing on traditional Irish music, dance and storytelling.


Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN- $1500 to support “Family Art to Go Bags” of art and craft supplies to promote enriching family interactions during stressful times.


Sing Out Loud- $3000 to support the choir programming of Bella Voce, Bella Fiore and the Bellettes.


Southeast Service Cooperative- $1000 to support the Brave New Workshop improvisation program at the Young Authors, Young Artists Conference.


Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association (SEMSA)-$1000 to support the Gasshuku themed music workshop.


Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras- $1000 to support the establishment of a new chamber music program.


In addition, the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester had a carryover 2015 grant of $700 to support a teen art trip to Minneapolis and an artist residency program.


The community will have another opportunity to contribute to youth arts education on April 22nd, 2017 when local celebrities and their pro partners dust off their dancing shoes for “Dancing for the Arts-Take VI” in the new Mayo Civic Center Ballroom.




        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




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.