IFAC has been a valued partner of The Juilliard School since 1999 and a proud supporter of Sing for Hope since 2016.

“I believe that music and the arts have the power to transform human hearts and minds, to draw us inward and upward to make the world around us a better place. Sing for Hope brings this transformational power to the disenfranchised of society.”

Dr Haruhisa Handa

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Juilliard school

The International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) has been a valued partner of The Juilliard School since 1999, when Dr. Haruhisa Handa, made a visionary gift to support what was then known as the Juilliard Opera Theater and Juilliard Opera Workshop. This gift enabled exceptionally talented singers studying at the School to delve into the greatest works of opera, honing their art as they prepared to launch professional careers.

Sing for Hope

IFAC has proudly supported Sing for Hope since 2016 and in 2019 grew this support, announcing a decade-long commitment to support Sing for Hope’s programs in New York City as well as dynamic new creative initiatives around the globe.

Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. With IFAC’s support, Sing for Hope brings arts-based hope, healing, and connection to millions of people worldwide in hospitals, schools, refugee camps, and transit hubs.

Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope extends this work wherever it’s needed most by partnering with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizing thousands of artists in creative service, and producing hundreds of artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos.

“We champion art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal” – Sing for Hope



Chairman, IFAC USA

Currently a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Professor of the Practice of Development, Religion, and Conflict in the School of Foreign Service. She also leads the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and serves on several non-profit boards.

Art is a source of joy, inspiration, and consolation. It helps to enhance and understand the self and to form true bonds with others.

The arts also offer a powerful way to build bridges between divided communities, as they share in insight and the power of beauty. As a board member of IFAC, I rejoice in its support for creative ventures like Sing for Hope, that brings art to a broad public and to those in need. It is truly part of the noble work of building peace.

IFAC reflects the determination and philosophy of its patron, Dr. Haruhisa Handa, who models the power of art and its deep spiritual roots. Thus IFAC nurtures young talent and builds bridges where they are so sorely needed.

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