Member Spotlight: Rozsa Foundation

For the month of March, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by the Rozsa Foundation.

This is the text Rozsa Foundation submitted for this Spotlight:

Founded in 1990, the Rozsa Foundation is a philanthropic organization known for effective support and advocacy for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. The Foundation builds on the legacy of Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa, who were acknowledged champions of the Arts through their support of not-for-profit arts organizations active in the City of Calgary.

As in every other part of the world, the Rozsa Foundation and our local Alberta arts community has encountered enormous challenges as a result of the current pandemic. We quickly diverted some of our granting resources to addressing immediate needs of organizations and the sudden change in program delivery from in-person to online. We are inspired by the creativity, determination, and resilience shown by organizations and individuals in the Calgary and wider Alberta arts sector, and are excited to see what success stories emerge from this difficult time. We intend to support and encourage pivots towards sustainable programming and impactful delivery in this brand-new context for the arts.

Part of this support is in the area of equity, diversity, and anti-racism which we believe is necessary to move forward in any meaningful way. We have established a new granting stream in the form of an IBPOC Arts Leaders Residency Grant, addressing a critical gap in the funding landscape and providing much-needed opportunities for the IBPOC community, while strengthening the bridges between our granting and arts leadership programs.

The Rozsa Foundation joined Grantmakers in the Arts in 2015.

You can also visit Rozsa Foundation’s photo gallery on GIA’s Photo Credits page.

Cantare Children’s Choir performance of Arnesen’s “Magnificat.” Courtesy: Rozsa Foundation