Group picture at the 4th annual event:
Back row (from left): Shlomi Shaban, Itay Tiran, Mirit Weinstock Etgar Keret, Idit Herman, Claudette Zorea
3rd row: Adi Stern, Zoya Cherkassky, Yaron Gottfreid, Bambi Friedman, Lior Elmalich, Eli Degibri
2nd row: Emanuel Gat (w/daughter), Tomer Heymann, Rachel Marani, Din Din Aviv
Front row: David Ofek, Yehudit Sasportas
The Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence), launched in 2001, is based on an original, innovative model.
IcExcellence is a greenhouse - a protective yet challenging space that empowers artists.
The foundation┤s goal is to encourage and expand Israeli excellence ľ at home and around the world.
We define excellence in its broadest sense ľ as embodying the values of greatness in life, which include responsibility, integrity and generosity. The ongoing journey and the process of striving for excellence are as important and meaningful as the final artistic achievement.
Israeli society needs to foster and fulfill values of excellence. We believe that art at its finest has the power to touch and lift the hearts of many, transcending differences of age, language and cultural origin.
Therefore, IcExcellence identifies and brings together Israeli artists of exceptional talent who have clear potential and the motivation for significant additional growth. We offer them a uniquely designed empowerment program that nurtures yet challenges them on their journey to higher achievements, personal greatness and cultural leadership.
These artists are enriching our lives and enhancing Israel┤s international cultural status. Their continual embodiment of values of excellence in turn inspires many others ľ artists and audiences alike, thereby expanding the Excellence Effect.
"IcExcellence has demonstrated its capacity for innovation in providing the added value to a range of artists with deep and natural talents so as to bring them to a new and world class level."
Andrea and Charles Bronfman
"I cannot recall many other moments in which everything stops and all fills up with joy and a sense of tremendous satisfaction..."