Who we are
Nonprofit Arts Organization
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 to 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.
FOUNDED IN 1974
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 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.
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Retired, University of Dayton
System Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Cheri L. Williams
Matthew J. Scarr, CPA LLC
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
VP Communications & Executive Director, WiBN
Better Business Bureau of Dayton and the Miami Valley
TRUSTEES, EX OFFICIO
Executive Director, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District
President and CEO, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Controller, Think Patented
Director, Human Resources, CareSource
Mary Bane, M.D.
President, Concentric Solutions
Dirrector of Marketing & Outreach, Preschool Promise
Sarah Jo Chapman
Senior Director of Digital Strategy , CareSource
Technical Director, Town Hall Theatre/Washington Township
Shareholder, Coolidge Wall Co., LPA
Principal, Champlin Architecture
Johanna L. Hartley
Dayton Business Development Manager, Messer Construction
Michael W. King
Executive Engineer, Messer Construction
Market President, iHeart Media
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Wright State University
Senior Task Order Manager, KBR, Inc.
AVP, Fifth Third Bank Private Bank Retail Delivery Advisor
Melissa Riley Patsiavos
Business Development Manager, Dayton Business Journal
CEO, PUI Audio, Inc.
Sally Struthers, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Sinclair Community College
Adjunct Professor, Wright State University
Thomas B. Thickel
Retired, Levin Porter Architects
Richard F. Valentine
Vice President, Senior Relationship Strategist, PNC
KAREN MANERDirector of Grantmaking
Bill PerryDirector of Development & Marketing
Dorie WattsDirector of Program Operations and Advocacy
Benjamin BaughamCommunity Outreach Coordinator
Vanessa BlackDonor Relations Specialist
Hannah GregoryContract Grantmaking Associate
Arlt & Company, LLCContract Finance Team
Our supporters believe in the transformative power of the arts. Their investment in arts and culture strengthens our economic ecosystem, stimulates creative thinking in our community, and creates opportunities for enrichment and engagement for people of all ages.
FINANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY
Culture Works takes its responsibility to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us by the community seriously.
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