RMFA named 2024 Non-Profit of the Year by Chamber of Commerce

May 23, 2024

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (RMFA) has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Non-Profit of the Year award. Sponsored by Living Innovations, this esteemed award recognizes a nonprofit organization that exemplifies excellence in its operations and significant contributions to the greater Rochester community.

The award was presented during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Celebration held on the evening of Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at The Oaks Grandview Ballroom. The event highlighted RMFA’s exceptional efforts in fostering a vibrant arts community and its unwavering commitment to making contemporary art accessible to individuals of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Founded in 2011, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is an all-volunteer, community-driven initiative dedicated to enriching lives through the presentation of fine arts. The museum’s impressive permanent collection, comprising over 200 multidisciplinary works donated by artists worldwide, is among the largest free public art collections in New Hampshire. The collection and exhibitions can be viewed at the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center, which houses the Bernier Room, Pixel Room, and permanent collection, as well as the Carnegie Gallery at the Rochester Public Library.

Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan praised RMFA, stating, “The museum has fostered a vibrant arts community and has enriched the lives of countless people. The museum is a valuable asset to the City of Rochester, and I believe it is a worthy recipient of this award.”

The RMFA’s dedication to beautifying public spaces with commissioned art installations has significantly impacted Rochester’s aesthetic and economic landscape. Michael Scala, Director of Economic Development for the City of Rochester, noted, “The RMFA has commissioned and installed numerous works of art in public spaces throughout the City. These installations have helped to attract visitors and new business to the area, increasing foot traffic and economic vitality.”

The museum’s efforts have garnered numerous accolades, including the American Arts Award for Best Art Museum or Gallery in New Hampshire and a spot in the Top 20 Best Art Museums in the U.S. RMFA’s commitment to its mission ensures that art remains an inclusive and integral part of the Rochester community.

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce takes pride in recognizing the outstanding contributions and business partnerships fostered by RMFA. This year’s award was presented by Kerry Norton of Hope on Haven Hill, last year’s Non-Profit of the Year recipient.

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