For more than seven decades, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) had worked behind the scenes in Israel, providing support to Israeli culture. We primarily provide study scholarships and grants to young children for their artistic education. Everyone in the world enjoys the talents of Itzhak Perlman, and hundreds of other world famous Israeli artists. AICF took the lead in recognizing and nurturing their talent.
In our early years, we helped build nearly all of the cultural organizations in Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Batsheva Dance Company, and the Israel and Tel Aviv Museums-over 600 in total.
AICF'S flagship project is the Sharett Scholarship Program for gifted young Israeli artists in all fields of the arts. Among past scholarship beneficiaries are: Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Guy Braunstein, Gil Shaham, Misha Mayski, Yefim Bronfman, Eytan Fox, Dover Kosashvili, Oded Kotler,Itai Tiran,Menashe Kadishman, Sigalit Landau, Michal Rovner, Ohad Naharin and Rami Be’er.
Some of the artists championed by us when they were as young as eight years old, and given the assistance they needed to study their craft and develop into great artists. Many came from families for whom career advancement would have only been a dream if it were not for our help. Since the establishment of the program in 1955, AICF awarded more than 14,000 scholarships.
In addition to the study scholarships, AICF has an instrument bank project that loans top quality instruments to outstanding young musicians.
AICF also works towards enriching and enhancing Israel’s cultural education system through the support of Cultural Programs, such as the Teacher’s Coaching Project (for violin teachers), which create master-classes and workshops to improve the quality of teaching, especially in the periphery of Israel.
Our artists are part of a select group of Israeli artists who serve as cultural ambassadors for Israel around the world. For three generations, we have taken care of Israel’s soul.