The St Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1999 and is located in St Petersburg in the Peter and Paul Fortress. The Foundation promotes contemporary arts and culture, its main fields of activity being visual art, music, architecture, art journalism, and design. The Foundation supports projects of Russian artists and cultural organizations, produces exhibitions, festivals and concerts, organises conferences, lectures and education programs for young artists, journalists, and designers. Many projects of the PRO ARTE Foundation involve such partners as the State Hermitage Museum, the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic named after Dimitry Shostakovich, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Petersburg State University.