Combined Campaign

Culture Works

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.

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How Your Donations Help Your Community

We know that the arts are an instrumental part of the fabric of our Dayton Region community. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dayton Region arts organizations were among the first to close their doors to protect our community, and they were closed for months. Performing arts organizations such as the Dayton Ballet, Philharmonic, and Opera, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and The Human Race Theatre Company have been drastically impacted by the closure of their stages since March 2020. Doors are open now, but the crowds are not yet back to capacity, and those months of closure were extremely difficult. All Dayton Region’s arts organizations are struggling financially, despite the availability of recovery funds.

We need YOUR help to provide operating funds to these organizations through the Culture Works Campaign for the Arts this year. 

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 strengthen the Campaign through Workplace Campaigns like yours. Join those who support the arts through your workplace campaign in 2021-2022!

Your workplace campaign last year provided critical general operating support to: 

  • Bach Society of Dayton
  • The Contemporary Dayton
  • 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

Giving Information

Gifts of any amount are welcome! If you contribute $85 or more during the WSU Workplace Giving Campaign, you will receive a Passport to the Arts Membership for one year from the date you make your gift or pledge, which provides Buy-One, Get-One-FREE ticketing opportunities and other discounts. 

You can make your gift online via a credit card (a single gift or up to 12 monthly installments), via payroll pledge with deductions starting in January 2022, or via a check mailed to Culture Works. To donate via check, print off a pledge form (you’ll find a link on the Culture Works giving page) and mail it with your check to Culture Works; 31 South Main Street, Suite A210; Dayton, OH 45402.