The mission of The Russell J. Efros Foundation is to sprout creativity by providing direct support and community access to artists.

Founded in loving memory of Russell J. Efros, affectionately known to his friends and family as ‘Russell Sprouts’, the foundation is dedicated to empowering artists to express their creativity and spotlighting the value of art and culture in our society. We do this by providing financial support to artists and creating a network for collaboration and exposure through events, programming and community outreach.

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Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Meredith McNeal and Steff Reed, the recipients of the first annual RJE Excellence in Teaching Award


The RJE Foundation's Sprout Fund was established in 2021 to support artists across the nation with direct funds for projects. The Sprout Fund awarded over $50,000 in June of 2021. Check out the inaugural Sprout Fund recipients and click below to submit your project. Applications are accepted year-round, awards are generally made in late Spring.


Thank you to all who attended and supported this great event!

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