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WKEF: Wright State University president to lead 2023 Campaign for the Arts

Sue Edwards

Excerpt from WKEF

Culture Works, Dayton's local arts agency and united arts fund, has announced that Dr. Sue Edwards, president of Wright State University, will be supporting their fundraising efforts as chair of the 2023 Campaign for the Arts.

Every spring, thousands of people participate in the annual initiative, which raises money for regional arts and culture and brings live performances into dozens of nearby workplaces.

“From the moment I met her, I knew I wanted her to chair the campaign,” said Lisa Hanson, President and CEO of Culture Works. “Sue treasures the many people and organizations that make the Dayton Region a truly unique place to call home. I’m excited to work together on what will undoubtedly be a successful year.”

Virginia Kettering, a well-known philanthropist, and William Anderson, the former chairman and CEO of NCR, founded Culture Works almost 50 years ago as the Dayton Arts Fund. The organization's name has evolved over time as it expanded to meet the needs of the community.

Today, Culture Works supports local artists, arts organizations, and audience members through its expanded and established grantmaking and community engagement programs in addition to funding numerous significant arts organizations through the annual campaign.

“I am both thrilled and excited to be the chair of the 2023 Culture Works Campaign,” exclaimed Edwards. “The Dayton region is so rich in the diversity of creative arts available. I am committed to making an impact through a contribution to this year’s campaign so that together as a community we can continue to foster creativity in the next generation of artists.”