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Drs. Ted & Lola Rozsa

Rozsa Foundation was founded in 1990 by Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa to support and strengthen the arts sector in Calgary. Ted, having started and successfully grown several companies, realized that pairing a sharp understanding of business with this passion would ultimately strengthen each company and the arts sector as a whole.


In 2003, the Rozsa Foundation established the Rozsa Award to recognize, promote and celebrate excellence in arts management in order to make the field more attractive for future leaders. Leveraging funds given to Dr. Ted Rozsa as part of the 2002 Edmund C. Bovey Award, the award would have an impact on more than one arts organization. In 2019, a second award was added to celebrate excellence in board leadership.


Founded in 1990, the Rozsa Foundation is a philanthropic organization known for effective support and advocacy for the Arts in Alberta. The Foundation builds on the legacy of Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa, who were acknowledged champions of the Arts through their support of not-for-profit arts organizations active in the City of Calgary.


We are committed to EQUITY, embedding it within our own programs and processes, while also supporting and calling for that work in the arts community. We respect the beliefs, feelings, and perspectives of our participants and stakeholders. 


We act with INTEGRITY, taking great care in what we do and how we do it and are willingly held accountable for our actions by our stakeholders, while also expecting the same of them. Our actions are consistent with our values and beliefs. 


We view our work as being in PARTNERSHIP with our stakeholders, requiring the fostering of close relationships to enable shared learning, meaningful convening, and honest conversations. We recognize that our impact can be enhanced through collaboration with others.  


We seek to be in a continual process of GROWTH, developing our skills, knowledge, and pathways of support. We recognize that the arts operate in a constantly shifting environment, which requires an ability and willingness to change direction, experiment, take risks, and learn through our work.  


We believe in the need for RIGOUR, that a commitment to curiosity, creativity, qualitative and quantitative data, and evidence-based decision-making are key in exploring and designing bold, forward-looking leadership, organizational and business practices in the arts.  


Our values continue and build upon the legacy of our founders, Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa, and reflect our principles and beliefs, which serve as implicit criteria guiding our actions and decision-making. 

The Rozsa Foundation honours and acknowledges the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Niitsitapi or Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).


The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. The Rozsa Foundation works on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.


As settlers, we're grateful for the opportunity to work here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years.

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