Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is registered as a private nonprofit foundation in the United States. The Institute sponsors activities and programs with a primary focus on preservation, transmission, and instruction of Persian culture as defined here. To execute its mission, the Institute develops initiatives that provide support for partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and institutions such as schools, universities, libraries, museums, and private sector donors that share its goals in support of Persian culture.
Roshan literally means "enlightened, bright and clear" in Persian. As such, it is closely associated with light and connected to concepts such as clarity, understanding, and authenticity. This word embodies the guiding principle behind Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute’s mission of bringing to light the importance of Persian culture and achieving clear understanding through community involvement and education. The Institute’s logo reflects a blooming sun inspired by the lotus flower motif used at Persepolis (capital of Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 B.C.) as well as Shamseh used in Persian-Islamic architecture.
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute supports cultural and educational activities that bring to light the richness and diversity of Persian culture. Roshan Institute operates through cooperative arrangements with other nonprofit organizations, such as schools, universities, libraries, museums and private sector donors. We are dedicated to fostering community among Persian people and those interested in Persian cultural heritage. We encourage intercultural communication with host countries and focus on the following activities: