The New Russia Cultural Center, a non-profit organization, was formed in December 2005 exclusively for educational purpose under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The New Russia Cultural Center is striving to expand the public's understanding and appreciation of Russian folk arts, and Russian-American history and culture in the United States. The Center stands to stimulate public interest in Russian culture through educational activities and exposure to Russian folk arts.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the New Russia Cultural Center include immediate and long-term benefits for the local community. The overall goals of the Center are to provide cultural services and to develop, deliver, and continually improve high quality community programs in the Capital Region of New York State. In accomplishing this, the Center portrays and preserves the culture and arts of Russia, to promote Russian heritage and unite the Russian-speaking community in the Capital Region of New York State. The Russian-speaking community includes people of different nationalities, such as Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Jewish, Latvian, Tatars and others. Russian language is what connected all emigrants from former Soviet Union during the last 20-25 years. Although our core focus is on the Russian-American and Russian-speaking community, the Center welcomes everyone interested in Russian art, history, and culture. We are an inclusive organization. All of our events are bi-lingual (in English and Russian), and we are open to the public of all ages and backgrounds.
Programs and Activities
The New Russia Cultural Center is committed to diversity of programming and community outreach through the presentation of cultural activities. Activities include art exhibitions, Russian language classes, Heritage Dinner Awards, theatrical, musical, Book club, Woman’s club, Drama club events, and festivals. One of the Center's signature events is the annual Russian Winter Festival. The festival is a one-month long event including an art exhibition, Rachmaninoff Music Competition, and a Grand Finale – the last day of the festival, a whole day of activities including live performances, food, crafts, an art exhibition, Russian Poetry Recital, Best Braided Hairdo and Best Cake Contests. Since 2009 this celebration brings together thousands of people from well-beyond the Capital District of New York State.
Board of Directors
Tatiana Deptola, President/Founder
Mrs. Deptola lived in the United States since 1992. Since then she has strived to make a positive contribution to her adopted country, utilizing her cultural background. Mrs. Deptola earned her Master in Business Administration in 1999 at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. Mrs. Deptola believes that her vision, determination, ability to effectively promote a business, her leadership qualities along with other management skills, educational and cultural background allow her to make the New Russia Cultural Center a successful non-profit organization.
Irina Shteynvurtsel, Vice-President
Marina Taborovskaya, Secretary