Culture Works strengthens the Dayton Region by supporting arts and culture through fundraising, grantmaking, marketing, and advocacy. We believe in the transformative power of the arts – from driving tourism and economic development in our community to empowering individuals through creative expression.
How Your Donations Help Your Community
The annual Campaign for the Arts is a community-wide fundraising effort that mobilizes individuals, local companies, and foundations in support of Dayton Region arts organizations. More than fifty companies and organizations, including Wright State University, strengthen the Campaign through Workplace Giving – which accounts for over half of the grant funding we provide. Join the more than 1700 individuals who support the arts through a workplace campaign!
Last year, the Campaign for the Arts provided critical general operating support to:
- Bach Society of Dayton
- The Contemporary Dayton (formerly Dayton Visual Arts Center)
- The Dayton Art Institute
- Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
- Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic)
- Discover Classical WDPR/WDPG
- The Human Race Theatre Company
- K12 Gallery & TEJAS
- Muse Machine
- Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Gifts of any amount are welcome! If you contribute $85 or more during the WSU Workplace Giving Campaign, you’ll receive a Passport to the Arts Membership for one year. Your Passport membership provides Buy One – Get One FREE ticket to more than 80 performances and events (including performances by your own Wright State University Theatre and Dance Department!), plus discounts on admission, retail, and dining. $85 is just a little over $7.00 per month on your credit card or automatically deducted from your paycheck – and you’ll regain the value of your contribution almost immediately if you take advantage of two or three performances!
Did You Know?
- Culture Works has been supporting the region’s arts organizations as a United Arts Fund for the for over 40 years. Our fundraising and advocacy efforts serve arts and culture in nine counties within a 30-mile radius of our office in downtown Dayton: Montgomery, Miami, Clark, Greene, Warren, Butler, Preble, Clinton, and Darke.
- Funds from each year’s Campaign for the Arts are granted as general operating support to our outstanding arts organizations. Unlike project support, this funding supports the day-to-day costs of operating as a business and is critical to allowing these organizations to continue providing the wonderful arts experiences we all enjoy. Over half of the funds raised each year come from workplace campaigns just like the one running at Wright State University right now! Last year’s grant recipients of this funding are the Bach Society of Dayton, the Contemporary Dayton, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Discover Classical WDPR/WDPG, The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Muse Machine, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
- Culture Works publishes the Guide to Arts and Culture in the Dayton Region each year. This is a free publication that promotes our region’s outstanding variety of cultural experiences and serves as an important tool for recruiting new talent, visitors, and businesses to the area. Enjoy a virtual version of this year’s guide here: 2019-2020 Guide to Arts and Culture in the Dayton Region
- Culture Works serves as the primary connecting point between the arts, business, and government. We organize annual meetings between area arts leaders and state elected officials to discuss the critical role the arts play in economic development, education, and healthcare and to advocate for continued government support of arts and culture.
- The Culture Works Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship provides financial aid for Dayton Region graduating high school seniors and current college students who demonstrate outstanding participation in and patronage of the arts. Many recipients of this scholarship have attended Wright State University.
- The Arts have a significant economic impact in the Dayton Region. A study of our region commissioned by Americans for the Arts in 2016 determined that arts and culture in just our four largest counties provides $214M in economic activity each year, supports 8,829 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $153M in resident household income, and $24M in local and state government revenue. The arts aren’t just “nice,” they’re business!
Guide to Arts and Culture
Even if you’re not able to donate to the Campaign for the Arts this year, we encourage you to get out and experience the amazing arts community we have here in the Dayton Region! Each year, Culture Works publishes the Guide to Arts & Culture in the Dayton Region, detailing the amazing wealth of arts and cultural opportunities we have here - far more offerings than many communities of our size. If you’d like a printed copy, call Culture Works at 937-222-2787 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy a virtual copy at the link below: