Dancing for the Arts Take VIII Tickets are on sale now!

Ticket sales end April 5th. This event does sell-out so it is advised to purchase tickets early. In fact, Dessert Only tickets are now sold out. To be placed on a waiting list, call 507-424-0811 or email bari@rochartstrust.org.

Click here to purchase tickets and don’t forget you can also pre-vote for your favorite celebrity/pro team as well on the same site.

You will need to sign in to purchase tickets and pre-vote. Sign in is on upper right hand corner of the site.

The announcement of the 2019 Celebrity and Professional dancers has been made. Who are they? and what other information do I need to know? Click here and find out!

And check out Major Media Sponsor ABC 6 News-KAAL TV’s promo for a little taste of what’s to come!

Want to see what you missed in 2018 and why you should consider attending this sold-out event? Click here for video. And here also

 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 2019 Ardee Award Nominations 

 We use rolling nominations so you can submit for 2019 starting now. Click on the green block to the right to get started. 


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Current Priorities

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
Economic Impact Study

SE MN Artists Economic Impact

Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study Brochure

Arts and Economic Prosperity V Study Summary


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.