Mission & History

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Mission Statement:

Culture Works is the funding, advocacy, and service organization that passionately inspires, supports, and sustains arts and culture in the Dayton Region.
As the united arts fund and arts service agency for the Dayton Region, Culture Works believes that creating and maintaining a vibrant and attractive community filled with quality arts brings measurable and immeasurable value to our citizens. From providing inspiring educational opportunities for our children, to attracting and retaining employees in our region, to adding beauty and entertainment for our lives, arts and culture reflect all the best and most beautiful parts of who we are.
Culture Works is proud to be the largest provider of general operating support for many nonprofit arts organizations operating in the Dayton Region. We are privileged to partner with corporations, foundations, and individuals like you to secure a flourishing and creative environment for area residents of all ages and backgrounds.



In 1974, The Dayton Performing Arts Fund was founded to provide operating support for the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Ballet. In 1989, recognizing the need to expand the number of organizations served, it was renamed ArtsDayton, and additional organizations were chosen as recipients of funding. In 1993, The Miami Valley Arts Council and ArtsDayton merged to become Culture Works, expanding both the scope of services and the geographic reach of the organization. Culture Works continues to build on this collaborative legacy, seeking even better ways each year to serve as a cultural catalyst for the Dayton Region.