Fete/Ardee Award Tickets are on sale now!

Come join your fellow arts enthusiasts for an evening of celebration of all things arts! It's the annual Ardee Awards presentations and who will take home the coveted Ardee?                                                                                        Click here to purchase tickets and  thanks to the generosity of Park Place Motor Cars, the first 75 households to purchase tickets will receive a free autographed copy of Dudley Riggs' new book. The book will be distributed at the Fete on October 17th.

Click here to see a list of past Ardee Award winners.

Voting for People's Choice Ardee Award now open but voting ends September 22nd so don't wait!

Seven arts and cultural events are up for an Ardee, but only three can be semi-finalists. Who the three will be is up to you, but only if you vote. The contenders for 2017 are:

Absolute Theatre’s inaugural season- offering professional theatre with thought-provoking themes of redemption, human nature, crimes for passion and both the uniting and isolation of technology.

Rochester Garden & Flower Club – providing music and art among the beauty of Rochester’s showcased botanical gardens.

Parkside Gallery Artists Series at Charter House- changing exhibition showcasing local visual artists with educational gallery talk by presenting artists and live music.

“Peer Gynt” theatrical production of RCTC – Henrik Ibsen’s classical drama of life encompassing love, hate, friendship, defeat, betrayal and romantic quest.  

“State Fair”- Honors Choirs of SE MN-  10th annual fully staged summer production featuring area adults and youth of all ages.

The Elephant Man- Commonweal Theatre – A tour de force of the life story of John Merrick who ultimately lived his life with dignity despite disabling disfiguration.

Thursdays on First- Rochester Downtown Alliance – annual summer music, arts and food festival held on the Peace Plaza and beyond.

CLICK HERE to submit your ballot.


Dudley Riggs to be keynote Fete Speaker

Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 when the fifth annual Fete recognizes excellence in the arts. Dudley Riggs, widely regarded as the Father of Improvisational Theatre, Founder of Brave New Workshop in the Twin Cities, and Author of "Flying Funny-My Life Without a Net" will share how circus life and the arts impacted his life and made him the creative genius he is recognized to be. As a bonus, the first 75 households to purchase tickets will receive a free autographed copy of Mr. Riggs' book, courtesy of Park Place Motor Cars.                  

Dudley Riggs Information here

 Ardee Award Nominations are closed for 2017 but......

 we use rolling nominations so you can submit for 2018 starting now. Click on the green block to the right to get started. 

Dancing for the Arts Take VI

Held in the new Mayo Civic Center Ballroom I, the event grossed close to $120,000 for youth arts education and the programs/services of the Trust. 

  • DFTA Take VI Trophy: Kelly Miles and James Geroux
  • Judges' Choice Award: Katie Kirckof and Gary Dahl
  • Community Support Team Award: Tom DeVinny and Christine Miller
  • 2017 Event Information here.
  • 2017 Youth Arts Education Grantees here
  • 2017 Photo Gallery here.

DFTA Take VII will be held April 21, 2018. Tickets on sale March 1st, 2018.

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Six Generative Goals


Leverage Rochester's arts and culture to attract and retain high-quality talent that leads to long-term prosperity for the community


To grow the Rochester region's capacity for individuals to have engaging experiences with arts and culture, thereby creating additional demand


To facilitate discussion and recommend policies of the highest quality on key topics in art and cultural policy for the benefit of Rochester                      

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To collaborate with arts and cultural partners to inspire and enhance the overall arts scene for consumers


To leverage arts and culture in Rochester to broaden and define placemaking and existing economic development initiatives
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To identify and engender regional arts and culture to further define and market assets and opportunities

Our Mission

The mission of the Trust is "to enrich the greater Rochester area by ensuring the continued celebration, promotion and advocacy of the arts and humanities".

Programs/services include Dancing for the Arts (benefiting youth arts education), public art (Goose is Loose! and Life's a Bench!), The Fete/Ardee Awards (celebrating excellence in the Arts) and connecting resources for arts-related matters.

Our Vision

Inspiring a milieu where arts and culture flourish.


Dancing for the Arts VI

Ten Rochester celebrities practiced their dancing skills by pairing with professional dancers in the Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust's "FUN-raising" event Dancing for the Arts -Take VI, to benefit youth arts education and the programs/services of the Arts and Cultural Trust.


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