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 ticket purchasers will receive a free autographed copy of Mr. Riggs' book. More information to follow.

Dudley Riggs Information here

Seeking Ardee Award Nominations

October is around the corner and it's time to submit your choices for those representing excellence in the arts in Rochester and surrounding areas. 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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Public Art Master Plan
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Equitable Distribution of Legacy Funding
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Youth Arts Education
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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                       Trust Public Art Master Plan Executive Summary



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.


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.