The Fete/Ardee Awards are October 23rd!
And it promises to be an entertaining and surprising. Why? Because this year's keynote person is non other than Mayor Ardell F. Brede. As Mayor Brede finishes his 16th year of serving the people of Rochester and supporting the Art, it's a no-brainer that the event and award named after him should honor him.
Tickets go on sale September 24 and end October October 17. They can be purchased online (check back here later for more details) or in person at the Experience Rochester office. You won't want to miss it!
Dancing for the Arts is nominated for the PB's Best of the Best "Best Charity Event"
Voting has begin and runs until August 5th so please head to the Post-Bulletin website. We are listed under the Life and Leisure section. Your vote will support youth arts education and the celebrity and professional dancers who have given their heart and sole (pun intended) to provide cultural opportunities that will spark the creativity so needed in the workforce of the 21st century.
Dancing for the Arts Take VII is another one for the history books!
Close to 500 people attended the sold out event at the Mayo Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday, April 21st, and the place was rocking. The celebrity dancers listed below definitely brought their A-game. With pre-event and event voting donations, sponsorships and ticket sales, over $127,000 was grossed! THANK YOU to all who participated and contributed to our youth and the arts.
And the trophies went to:
Team Medal for Most Community Support: Dawn Davis M.D. and Gary Dahl
Judges Choice Award: Michael Anthony Ph.D and Mallory McKay
Dancing for the Arts Trophy: Dawn Davis M.D. and Gary Dahl
Mark your calendars now for Dancing for the Arts Take VIII on April 13th, 2019!
Tickets go on sale March 1st, 2019, and this event does sell out.
Who danced again? Dancing for the Arts Take VII Celebrities
These celebrities took the stage on Saturday, April 21st for youth arts education:
Dawn Davis –Physician, Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and president-elect Ronald McDonald House
Annalissa Johnson- City Council member and owner of Good Dog Camp
Tammy Westby- Firm Associate/Marketing Director, CRW architecture + design group, Inc.
Michael Anthony- Vice President of Student Affairs, Rochester Community & Technical College
Shawn Fagan- Co-Founder at Red Couch Stories + Owner, Fagan Studios.
Wayne Flock- Architectural Specifier for HGA Architects and Engineering and Founder of Art on the Avenue and Thursdays on First
Corey Heimer- President and CEO of Premier Bank Rochester
Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo- Surgeon, Department of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic
Ben Tilson- Owner, Tilson's Auto Repair
Christopher Zink- American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Rochester Athletic Club
Paired with Dahl Dance professional dancers Gary Dahl , Joseph Carey, James Geroux , April Dahl, Summer Laqua, Nicole Bottelson, April Robb, Joanie Mix and Mallory McKay.
Celebrity Judges were Lisa Clarke (Executive Director, DMC Economic Development Agency), Brad Jones (Executive Director, Experience Rochester and DFTA first year Trophy winner) and Sharon Gentling ( National award winning competitive ballroom dancer).
Emcees were Laura Lee (News Anchor, ABC 6 KAAL-TV and first year’s Judges Choice winner) and James Rabe (Radio Personality, Y105FM and KROC AM ).
DFTA Grant Information
Where did the money go? Click here for the list of 2018 grantees.
Dancing for the Arts Grant Applications are on a rolling basis. To submit a grant for 2019, click here.
Deadline is April 19th, 2019 at 12 noon.
Dancing for the Arts Grant Criteria can be found here.
Call for 2018 Ardee Award Nominations
We use rolling nominations so you can submit for 2018 starting now. Click on the green block to the right to get started.
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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
ARTS CONSUMER CULTIVATION
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
ARTS EXPERIENCE ENHANCEMENT
To collaborate with arts and cultural partners to inspire and enhance the overall arts scene for consumers
To identify and engender regional arts and culture to further define and market assets and opportunities
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.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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.