In 1998 a group of enthusiasts implemented into the life an idea to aquaint citizens of Saratov with the worldwide famous masterpieces of fine arts whith the help of high quality art reproductions. That year the residents of Saratov visited the exhibition with art prints from paintings of great Russian artist Nicolay Roerich. First exhibition took place in the House of Architect and had a great success in Saratov. This event let to establish Saratov regional nongovernment public organization "Cultural Centre - Raduga" in 2000. For many years the Centre used premises of different establishments, such as Chernyshevsky museum, House of Architect, City's Centre of National Cultures and the theatre "Pobieda" with the aim to showcase there its fine-arts exhibitions.
In 2008 the Centre entered into the new stage of its development, it was granted with a big historical building on Khutyakova Street, 18 for long term use. The building was erected at the end of XIX century as an inn. On the 26th of March 2009 after refurbishment of part of rooms in the building, "Raduga" opened its doors for all who wished to enter.
Today the "Cultural Centre - Raduga" presents an enfilade of four halls, a lecture hall, and a gallery corridor. The singularity of the Centre is its ability to exhibit fine-art collections, six of which are acting permanently with replenishment, and three on the temporary basis, changing once in a two months. So our spectators could visit the Centre from time to time and recognize it from different sides again and again. Interesting stories of our guides could make your visit unforgettable.
The "Cultural Centre - Raduga" brings within the reach worldwide famous masterpieces of fine-arts for many groups of people. For more than ten years we develop one of the most asked-for direction in our work, this is mobile thematic exhibitions for different age categories on the base of schools, homes for senior or disabled citizens. Regional Saratov museums from Bazarniy Karabulack, Tatischevo, Derghachy, Marx, Pertrovsk and others participate in our programs as well.
Our educational projects, such as "Masterpieces of world fine-arts for children", "Life among stars", "Images induced by war" and "Not in vain remember all the Russia" are the most popular directions in our activity.
Another area of our work is experimental activity. This year the Centre has been awarded with the status of regional experimental platform. During three years more than one hundred of Saratov kindergarten are going to work with the Centre in the regime of experimental platform.
And the third direction of our work is the wedding activity. We perform excursions in the halls of our Centre and we call them "On the Way to Happiness"