Farash Foundation Makes Grants to Local Arts Organizations

Farash Foundation News Release

July 27th, 2016


Arts and cultural organization throughout Greater Rochester are now receiving a second year of unrestricted grants from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in a program designed to support the local groups, large and small, that make art and curate culture.

The program is called the Farash Foundation Arts and Culture Gift Program. Over three years, more than $1.2 million is being given to nonprofit organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties.

“Local offerings in the arts say so much about our community,” said Isobel Goldman, the Foundation’s director of grants and programs. “They speak to our vibrancy, to our creativity, and to our appreciation of our world.”

“Arts and culture are presented locally by organizations large and small—and all contribute in their own ways,” said Nathan J. Robfogel, chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees. “We believe there is a cumulative impact from this diversity of programming, making it important for us to have a gift program inclusive of groups of all sizes.

“As our community strives to meet its social needs, we should never forget the critical importance of nourishing our resources in arts and culture,” he added. “We should always balance our attention to the basic needs of our residents with the intellectual and aesthetic resources that also contribute to a thriving environment.”

About 40 organizations are receiving grants this year. Reporting on last year’s gifts, those organizations have said they’ve used the funds to support performances, buy costumes, repair facilities, bring in guest artists, stage workshops, mount exhibits, and reduce ticket prices, among other purposes.

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.