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Foundation Offers $1.2 Million Arts and Cultural Gift Program


Farash Foundation news release

All arts and cultural organizations in Monroe and Ontario counties will be eligible to receive annual gifts over a three-year period from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. The Foundation has allotted $1.2 million for this program.

“Rochester just wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful infusion of arts and cultural offerings that we all can enjoy,” said Theresa Mazzullo, chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees’ Grants Committee. “This is our gift to the organizations that help to make this possible.”

Eligible organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and register for the program on the Foundation’s website no later than July 7. These unrestricted gifts will be proportioned to the size of the organization, and they may be used as operating support or for special projects. Gift recipients will be notified in September.

The Foundation has consistently supported local arts and cultural organizations over the past several years. In 2013, “Cultural Creative Collision” grants were awarded to five Rochester-area arts organizations (Sound ExChange, Baobab Cultural Center, Garth Fagan Dance Company, Friends of Ganondagan, and Geva Theatre) to work with multiple partners, stage multimedia performances, and encompass wide-ranging artistic perspectives.

Last year, the Foundation supported initiatives to connect with the “next generation” of art lovers. This program yielded poetry slams, photography exhibits engaging school children, concerts by young artists, a Shakespeare summer camp, neighborhood public art projects, and drama-related activities for teenagers, among other projects.

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Residents of Rochester for virtually all of their lives, Max and Marian Farash cared deeply about their community. In 1988, they established the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation (www.farashfoundation.org), which makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties, half of them for Jewish projects and programs.

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