Tuesday, February 21, 2023, Dayton, OH – Culture Works, the Dayton Region’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. The annual initiative engages with thousands of people every spring to raise money for local arts and culture and bring live arts experiences into dozens of local 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.”
Culture Works was founded nearly 50 years ago as the Dayton Arts Fund by noted philanthropist Virginia Kettering and William Anderson, former Chairman and CEO of NCR. Over the years, the organization has changed its name as it grew to meet the needs of the local community. Today, Culture Works not only funds many major arts organizations through the annual campaign but also supports local artists, arts organizations, and audience members through its expanded and established grantmaking and community engagement programs.
“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.”
Edwards joined Wright State University in 2018 as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost before becoming President in 2020. Prior to Wright State, she held leadership positions at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and James Cook University in Australia. Edwards received a Ph.D. in comparative physiology from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, an M.S. in neuroscience from The University of Melbourne and a B.S. in biology from Deakin. This strong background in the sciences is balanced with a love of the arts; as a child, she had a love for music playing the flute for many years and participating in musical theatre.
This year’s Campaign for the Arts kicks off on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:30pm with an evening performance at the Victoria Theatre. SING OUT LOUD DAYTON features a community choir composed of more than 100 local arts enthusiasts and champions of the Dayton Region. Tickets can be purchased now by calling the Dayton Live box office or visiting www.cultureworks.org.
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ABOUT CULTURE WORKS
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. Call 937-222-ARTS or visit www.CultureWorks.org to make a donation, learn more about the programs we fund, and find ways to support local art and culture.
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