Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, is a foundation under public law. Pro Helvetia is dedicated to promoting cultural works of nationwide and international interest. The foundation was established by the Swiss Government in 1939 and is still entirely funded by public money.
The Arts Council is intent on providing Swiss cultural practitioners with the best possible conditions for the creation and dissemination of their works. It helps them to optimise their impact at home and abroad and fosters encounters with artists from other countries.
The foundation spends 60% of these funds on supporting international projects by Swiss artists. It also fosters co-productions or exchanges between Swiss artists and artists from other countries, in particular from countries where Pro Helvetia has a regional office.