Art & Culture

The Taslimi Foundation views the promotion of artistic expression and cultural engagement as integral to building unified communities, and is dedicated to supporting arts programs that inspire a culture of cooperation, tolerance, and cohesion.


Some of these programs include:

  • Taslimi Arts

The Foundation supports contemporary art throughout the country, and has a strong relationship with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, making possible exhibits such as James Turrell: A Retrospective. As budgets for the arts continue to lag, the Foundation also strives to support other local museums and institutions, such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

The Taslimis support the the MAK Center, a contemporary, experimental, and multi-disciplinary center for art and architecture headquartered in architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s house and studio in West Hollywood, and in 2013, the Taslimi Construction Company sponsored their MAK Games fundraiser.

In honor of Dr. Amin Banani, eminent scholar of Persian history and literature, the Taslimi Foundation has supported the creation of a Stanford Festival of Persian Arts and Letters, an event that will bolster the Iranian Studies program by highlighting Iranian culture through arts, letters, theater, cinema, poetry, music, and Persian language publishing.

Mehran Taslimi served on the Board of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, an organization that seeks to form a new relationship between audience and performer by creating site-specific choreography.

Shidan Taslimi was a founding member of the Board of the Farhang Foundation, an organization established to promote the study and research of Iranian art and culture. Among other initiatives, the Taslimi family provided support for their initiative to bring the Cyrus Cylinder to the United States for exhibit.