Building bridges through shared culture and history

Bolshoi Ballet
Moscow, Russia

We are the Soloviev American Russian Cultural Foundation

Our mission is to rediscover and amplify our common history, reinforce the importance of building cultural bridges, and generate greater understanding and mutual respect through enriched dialogue and creative engagement.

Zhivopisny Bridge
Moscow, Russia

Rediscover Our
Common History

Too few people are aware that the United States and Russia share a rich and unique cultural, diplomatic and economic history that stretches as far back as the 17th century. The Soloviev Foundation is pleased to help bring this longstanding relationship to life by revealing distinct and little known facts that have connected the two countries for more than 300 years. With over 250 examples of our mutual and robust relationship, we invite you to peruse each century and discover the fascinating and often surprising examples of American and Russian relations.

Examples from the Full Timeline

Like many of his Russian generation, my father dreamed of a new life and the promise of greater individual liberty and economic freedom in America. And as a young man he made his dream a reality.

He emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s, worked hard at any job he could find, met and married my mother, and became a very productive and eventually successful American citizen.  But he never lost his affection for his native Russia, and he passed along that special connection by endlessly sharing wonderful stories about his childhood and his homeland.

I grew up treasuring those memories. However, my admiration for Russia and fascination with its remarkable history was matched by my concern over the uneven and frequently contentious relationship between our two countries which has spawned misunderstandings for too many years. To help rectify this unfortunate climate I established the Soloviev American-Russian Cultural Foundation to help remind Americans of all ages about the rich and often unseen  connections we have with Russia, to reinforce the importance of continuing to build and strengthen cultural bridges, and to help generate a greater understanding and mutual respect between our nations through enriched dialogue and creative cultural engagement.

The Soloviev Foundation honors our common past and shared experiences while working optimistically toward a more constructive and mutually beneficial future.

Stefan Soloviev
Founder and Chair

Education

The Soloviev American Russian Cultural Foundation educates Americans of all ages about the rich cultural histories that both countries share, reinforces the importance of continuing to build and strengthen cultural bridges, and generates a greater understanding and mutual respect between our two nations through enriched dialogue and creative cultural engagement.

Events

Through cultural events like Russian Film Week in New York City, high level forums such as the Fort Ross Dialogue in San Francisco, and educational exchanges between both countries, the Soloviev Foundation honors and amplifies our common past and shared experiences, while working towards a more constructive and mutually beneficial future.

Russian Film Week

December 6, 2019

The Russian film industry has been making movies for more than a century and has produced some classic works reflecting the various periods of Russian political history. Over the past 20 years Russian productions have become internationally popular, have been recognized at the Cannes, Venice, and Berlin Film Festivals, and have received several Oscars. Today, there are some 400 film companies operating in Russia, and the artistry of a number of Russian directors and screen writers is being displayed throughout the world, including the United States.

Russian Film Week in New York (RFWNY) is an exciting and popular film festival that helps promote cultural understanding through the universal language of film. Co-sponsored by the Soloviev Foundation in 2019, RFWNY provides American audiences with a more authentic understanding of Russian culture and history by showcasing independent, commercial, documentary and arthouse Russian films with subtitles to mainstream U.S. audiences.

Supporting the Russian Film Week Festival’s mission dovetails with the Soloviev Foundation’s focus on building stronger cultural bridges between the United States and Russia, and generating greater understanding and mutual respect through creative engagement and educational programming.

Photo: Soloviev Foundation Founder Stefan Soloviev with Irina Shabasis, Vice President, Artistic Director, Maestro Artist Management (left) and Maria Shclover, President and Producer, Maestro Artist Management (right)
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