'Contemporary Art in Traditional Museums' is an annual contemporary art festival held in St Petersburg, which establishes the credentials of the 'Pro-Arte' Foundation.
The Festival's exhibitions are held over a month in both the large-scale and smaller-scale museums of St Petersburg. The selections of artworks to be exhibited are made with the Festival's participation as a result of an open grant competition. The jury is composed of art experts – museum and gallery specialists in contemporary art. The principle ideas behind the Festival are to bring traditional culture and modern art closer together; to modernise the work of St Petersburg's museums and galleries, and to make contemporary art more accessible to a wider audience. Alongside the involvement of St Petersburg artists in the festival, works are similarly exhibited by artists from other regions of Russia, and from artists overseas. On the opening days (Saturday and Sunday) there are free shuttle buses to carry visitors and participants between the festival venues. Museum entrance at the venues participating in the festival is free of charge on the opening days. In the twelve years of the festival's history, 65 of St Petersburg's museums and galleries have taken part in the events, and 160 different art projects have been held involving artists from ten different countries. The Festival was a runner-up in the All-Russia INNOVATION awards for 2006.