The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) funds young Israeli talent by opening necessary doors for young artists to develop their skills in Israel and worldwide. By encouraging creative excellence in today’s youth from all backgrounds and supporting artistic organizations and programs across Israel, AICF unites Israel with the rest of the world through a shared passion for arts and culture. Since 1939, the Foundation has played a leading role in the development of Israel’s arts and culture. Due to its early support for nearly all of Israel’s largest institutions and its reputation for nourishing the finest artists, the name AICF has become synonymous with culture in Israel. Actually, most of Israel’s finest artists in every discipline have received assistance from the Foundation. Among those supported: Itzhak Perlman, Menashe Kadishman, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Museum, and the Batsheva Dance Company.
With nearly 18,000 artists impacted by their efforts over their 79-year history, the results are nothing short of remarkable: Over $160 million has been disbursed by AICF to benefit Israeli culture and nearly every notable AICF recipient credits AICF’s recognition as a significant factor in their success. Finally, their alumni are represented globally in nearly every top ballet and modern dance company; museum and gallery; operatic, theatrical, and symphonic stage; and film festivals.
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