About the Foundation
The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation was founded in 2006 by Russian entrepreneur and patron of arts Alisher Usmanov in order to support socially important initiatives in the area of culture, arts and sports, as well as scientific, educational and social projects in the Russian Federation.
The Foundation’s mission is to preserve and enhance the cultural heritage of Russia, to support the country scientific and sports potential, and to create an inclusive socio-cultural environment.
The patron activity of the Foundation is carried out in the following directions:
Culture and Arts
Since its founding, the Foundation has provided comprehensive support to leading Russian theatres: the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre, the Maly Drama Theatre — the Theatre of Europe under the direction of Lev Dodin, the Mariinsky Theatre and its key events, such as the Moscow Easter Festival, the Stars of the White Nights Festival, Mstislav Rostropovich Festival. The Foundation is also a permanent partner of the National Philharmonic orchestra of Russia under the direction of Artistic Director of the orchestra Vladimir Spivakov, and the Golden Mask National Theatre Award. Two large-scale reconstructions of theatres in Orenburg Oblast were performed thanks to the Foundation participation. In 2017, a large-scale restoration of the Central House of Actor named after A.A. Yablochkina began.
Long-term cooperation connects the Foundation with the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The following exhibitions were held in Russia with the assistance of the Foundation: “Roma Aeterna. Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacotheca — Bellini, Raphael, Caravaggio”, the exhibition “Whistler and Russia” in the Tretyakov Gallery, the exhibition “Pilgrimage of Russian Art: From Dionysius to Malevich” from the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery in the Vatican, “Turner.
Among the grant recipients of the Foundation are: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve, the State Lermontov Museum-Reserve “Tarkhany”, the Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance, the Andrei Konchalovsky Production Centre.
The monuments to Academician Pilyugin, Alexander Tvardovsky, Maya Plisetskaya, Le Corbusier were erected in Moscow with the support of the Foundation and personal participation of A.B. Usmanov. In 2018, a project on creation of a monument to Primakov was supported.
In 2013, the Alisher Usmanov’s Art, Science and Sport Foundation arranged the return of the painting Saint Mark by Frans Hals to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
A unique collection of Russian art of Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich was bought out, passed to the State and placed at the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg on the personal initiative of the Foundation founder Alisher Usmanov. The rights to the Golden Collection of SoyuzMultfilm animated films were also bought out and donated to Russia.
Science and Education
The Art, Science and Sport Foundation regularly supports projects on exchange of experience and opinions between specialists in various branches of science and education — forums, conferences, festivals and other modern platforms for professional discussions. Assistance is also provided to educational institutions of all levels, including higher education institutions.
In particular, the Foundation supports the lecture series program of leading foreign lecturers for students of the MGIMO University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The Foundation is a long-term partner of the All-Russian Festival of Science and the annual All-Russian Award For Fidelity to Science. Among the grant recipients of the Foundation also are: the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, the XX Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry, and the EMBO Conference on Redox Biology. In 2017, the Foundation contributed 100 million roubles to the Endowment Fund of the National University of Science and Technology MISIS. The annual income will be used to support talented students who demonstrate success in education and science, as well as to infrastructure projects of the National University of Science and Technology MISIS.
In an effort to contribute to development and popularization of sports in Russia, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation supports sports clubs and federations, sponsors professional and amateur contests, encourages young athletes, and takes part in programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and physical education.
Among the projects supported by the Foundation are the Russian Olympic Committee, the Russian Fencing Federation, the Football Union of Russia, the Russian Volleyball Federation, the Russian Canoe Federation, the Association of Winter Olympic Sports, the II World Martial Arts Games 2013.
The founder of the Foundation, Alisher Usmanov, personally supported the initiative for Russia to get the right to host the 2018 World Cup.
The Foundation actively develops its own projects and programs:
‘The Special View’ program
The Special View program for support of the visually impaired is aimed at developing innovative technologies for rehabilitation and social and cultural adaptation of blind and visually impaired people. In order to develop the audio description system in Russia, grants are allocated for adaptation of productions of regional theatres, new Russian films, as well as for the advanced training of employees of specialized institutions as audio describers.
In 2018, the Special View information portal (http://specialview.org/) was launched. It is a multifunctional Internet platform for blind and visually impaired people, where the latest news about inclusive projects, medical and technical developments in the field of ophthalmology, interviews with instructors in audio description and psychologists, interesting stories from the lives of people with different sight capabilities, as well as a guide to cultural, educational and sports events throughout the country, adapted for people with visual impairments, are published.
ART-OKNO Cultural Platform
The goal of the ART-OKNO Cultural Platform is to assist in development of small towns in Belgorod, Kursk and Orenburg Oblasts through formation of urban communities and implementation of cultural projects. The focus is on the cities of Stary Oskol, Gubkin, Zheleznogorsk and Novotroitsk.
Arrangement of professional communications in the field of culture, provision of opportunities for further education, grant support for cultural initiatives in small cities and sociological studies of territories are the priority areas of the ART-OKNO Cultural Platform work.
The ART-OKNO platform organizes its own events in order to form a cultural context in small towns. During the year, tours of leading theatres, concerts and exhibitions take place in Belgorod, Kursk and Orenburg Oblasts. And also chamber events in a #newformat, the form and content of which reflect the latest trends of our time, are held. Every year, city festivals and creative contests are held within the framework of the ART-OKNO project.
‘To my future’ project
The goal of the project “To my future” is the vocational guidance and socialization of orphans. A unique system of comprehensive development, elaborated within the project, helps with vocational guidance, taking into account individual capabilities of each child; it contributes to increasing the level of self-preparation and self-esteem, and inclusion in the social life of the society.
In 2016, the project was awarded a diploma of the IV Annual Program “The Best Social Projects of Russian”, and in 2017 it passed two examinations and was approved by a number of sector organizations, including the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and the Foundation for Supporting Children in Difficult Life Situations.
In 2018, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation awarded the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation by the letter of appreciation from Minister O.Yu. Vasilyeva for development and implementation in the entities of the Russian Federation of an additional general development program in the area of vocational guidance for students of the organization for orphans and children left without parental care “To my future” within the All-Russian meeting of the heads of the executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation that perform management in the area of tutorship and guardianship for under-aged citizens, and the heads of organizations for orphans and children left without parental care.
‘Class from Maestro’ project
The musical project “Class from Maestro” is identification and support of young talents, as well as exchange of innovative educational programs. Demonstration classes for students of different ages and levels of vocational training allow teachers from 15 Russian regions to improve their professional qualifications, exchange the creative experience, and gain real knowledge from honoured music artists, leading specialists from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, the Gnessin State Musical College, the Maimonides State Classical Academy.