The PRO ARTE Institute is a non-governmental organization founded in 1999 to promote contemporary culture in the fields of visual art, music and dance. It is located in the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia. The Institute organizes a wide variety of educational programs (lectures, seminars, round tables), events (concerts and exhibitions), and grant competitions for Russian artists and cultural institutions. Many programs are realized in cooperation with the leading cultural institutions of St Petersburg: The State Hermitage Museum, The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg Philharmony and others. The PRO ARTE Institute is supported by the Cultural Committee of the Government of St Petersburg, Ford Foundation and Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.