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
Coordinator, ArtsLIVE Performance Series
University of Dayton
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cheri L. Williams
Matthew J. Scarr, CPA LLC
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Vice President of Communications
Better Business Bureau of Dayton and the Miami Valley
TRUSTEES, EX OFFICIO
Executive Director, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District
Sally Struthers, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Sinclair Community College
Adjunct Professor, Wright State University
Thomas B. Thickel
Controller, Think Patented
Mary Bane, M.D.
President, Concentric Solutions
Marketing and Outreach Director, Preschool Promise, Inc.
Sarah Jo Chapman
Social Media & Communications Manager, CareSource
Shareholder, Coolidge Wall Co., LPA
Principal, Champlin Architecture
Johanna L. Hartley
Dayton Regional Development Manager, Cincinnati Bell
Michael W. King
Executive Engineer, Messer Construction
Market President, iHeart Media
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Wright State University
AVP, Fifth Third Bank Private Bank Retail Delivery Advisor
Melissa Riley Patsiavos
Account Executive, Dayton Business Journal
Executive Director, The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation
CEO, PUI Audio, Inc.
Richard F. Valentine
Vice President, Senior Relationship Strategist, PNC
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 very seriously.
You may view a recording of the 2019-2020 Culture Works Annual Meeting, presented to the community via Zoom on 11/12/2020, HERE.