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The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announce artistic partnership—TransCultural Express: American and Russian Arts Today

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$1 million grant fr om The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund will facilitate three-year program of cultural exchange

Brooklyn, NY/Sep 27, 2012—The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced TransCultural Express: American and Russian Arts Today—a three-year partnership of cultural exchange between Russia and the US. The alliance with BAM marks the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund’s inaugural alliance with a US cultural institution, with initial programming slated for 2013.

Irina Prokhorova, co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund, said “It is very important for us to showcase the vibrant contemporary arts of Russia today, particularly coming from Russia’s regions, and to experience the best of modern American culture. Our Fund is focused not only on financing arts, but in being an incubator for creative people and projects, and a generator of our own artistic events—including festivals, book fairs, and exhibitions. In BAM, we see a kindred soul and an ideal partner for this exciting exchange of cultures and ideas and we are so happy to be launching TransCultural Express with Karen Hopkins and her team.”

A collaborative artistic venture between the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund and BAM, TransCultural Express will feature a rich assortment of performing arts, literary, and film events. In its first year, the partnership will include a series of contemporary Russian cinema for BAMcinématek; a visiting Russian author as part of BAM’s Eat, Drink & Be Literary series; the creation of a public art project in Brooklyn by a Russian visual artist; and—in a US-to-Russia exchange—performances by Philadelphia-based dance company Illstyle and Peace Productions in April as well as visits by a prominent American author and a program of contemporary American cinema in two Siberian cities : Krasnoyarsk (wh ere the fund is based) and Novosibirsk. Details on events at BAM and in select Russian regional cities will be announced later this year. Subsequent programs for the second and third years of TransCultural Express will also include theater and dance engagements.

Mikhail Prokhorov, co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund said, “As the first foreign owner of an NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets, I believe it is important to contribute to the Brooklyn community that has welcomed me so warmly, and to share some of the contemporary culture of Russia, the place I am proud to call home. We are delighted to be partnering with BAM and looking forward to many years of enjoyment and excellence together.”

BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins said, “Our partnership with Mikhail Prokhorov and Irina Prokhorova is tremendously exciting. We have had a long tradition of presenting Russian artistry at BAM and this alliance will allow an even deeper contemporary exploration as well as the opportunity to share US culture with Russia—further extending our institution’s global mission. We are particularly excited about forging an artistic path between Brooklyn and Siberia and grateful to Irina and Mikhail for providing us with this opportunity.”

About the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund
The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund is a private charity launched in 2004 by the businessman Mikhail Prokhorov and his sister, Irina Prokhorova. The Foundation’s priority is the support and development of new cultural institutions and initiatives in Russia, with a focus on regional projects as well as the promotion of Russian culture in the global intellectual community.

The Foundation’s activity takes many forms. It is a creative laboratory developing new cultural initiatives, a school nurturing Russia’s next generation of artists and entrepreneurs, and a playground for socio-economic development, all the while combining in its work a few defining characteristics: enlightenment, education, and charity.

About BAM
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM’s) mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America’s oldest performing arts institution, now celebrating its 150th anniversary, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming—including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational programs. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo.


For the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund
Ellen Pinchuk: pinchuk@m-p.ru
Uliana Kopteva: kopteva@prokhorovfund.ru

Sandy Sawotka, BAM Publicity Director: 718.636.4190 or ssawotka@BAM.org