The Taganrog Arts and Culture Council is a division of the Department of Social Development at the Taganrog Local Government. The Council is the primary agency in Taganrog through which regional and federal funds combine to stimulate and encourage the arts in the city. It acts as a local coordinator and advisor, having an awareness of various programs that might be underway at any given time in the city.
The Taganrog Arts and Culture Council conducts programs, directed by Council staff, which provide outreach services (including financial assistance) to schools and organizations, centers, performing groups and individual artists. Overall the Council serves as a catalyst for arts programming throughout the city, assisting arts organizations, groups and individuals in bringing the arts to the people of Taganrog.
The City has a rich tradition of preserving and honoring its historical landmarks and experiences, and the basis of museum collections is formed with funds related to famous historical or artistic personalities, including authentic personal belongings of the Russian tsar Alexander I, playwright and poet Nestor Kukolnik, the founder of Russian heraldry Alexander Lakier, the founder of Soviet Russian jazz music Valentin Parnakh, the circus artist and animal trainer Anatoly Anatolievich Durov, the great actress Faina Ranevskaya, author of children's books Ivan Vasilenko, romantic composer Achilles Alferaki, artists Konstantin Savitsky, Arkhip Kuindzhi, Victor Bregeda, Dmitri Sinodi-Popov and many more. Taganrog is also home to the great Russian playwright and short-story writer Anton Chekhov, and offers remarkable sites dedicated to his childhood and youth.
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