10 good reasons to connect to Culture Works

The good news is that Culture Works recently moved into a beautiful new office suite in downtown Arcade and recently released their free “Guide to Arts and Culture”.

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The Culture Works office is now located on the 2nd floor of the arcade in the former Charley’s Crab space. It looks a little different now. Culture Works President and CEO Lisa Hanson reviews the 2021-2022 Guide to Arts and Culture in the Dayton Area with Dave Litteral, Marketplace President for iHeart Media and Board Member of Culture Works. Photo provided.

The Culture Works office is now located on the 2nd floor of the arcade in the former Charley's Crab space.  It looks a little different now.  Culture Works President and CEO Lisa Hanson reviews the 2021-2022 Guide to Arts and Culture in the Dayton Area with Dave Litteral, Marketplace President for iHeart Media and Board Member of Culture Works.  Photo provided.
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The Culture Works office is now located on the 2nd floor of the arcade in the former Charley’s Crab space. It looks a little different now. Culture Works President and CEO Lisa Hanson reviews the 2021-2022 Guide to Arts and Culture in the Dayton Area with Dave Litteral, Marketplace President for iHeart Media and Board Member of Culture Works. Photo provided.

Whether you’re an active artist, an arts organization or a grateful member of an audience, there are plenty of great reasons to connect with Culture Works. With the help of the organization’s staff members, we found 10.

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1. Passport to the Arts Program: Connect if you like discounted show and museum tickets, restaurant meals, retail items and more. The Culture Works Passport to the Arts program has been around for decades, offering free Buy-One Get-One options for everything from performances by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and Muse Machine to Dayton admissions Art Institute and the Springfield Museum of Art. . Those who donate $85 or more to Culture Works each year receive the passport in the mail.

2. Arts and Culture Guide: Connect to receive a free copy of “2021-2022 Guide to Arts and Culture in the Dayton Area.” “We are publishing the Guide every year as part of our advocacy efforts to promote the exceptional variety of local arts and cultural organizations, galleries, festivals, museums and centers that we have here in the Dayton area,” says Dorie Watts, strategic initiatives. “We consider this an important community service to help everyone find their next artistic experience, whether new to the Dayton area or a long-time resident.” To get a free copy by post, simply email staff@cultureworks.org

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After almost a year of working remotely, the Culture Works staff have moved into their beautiful new office at The Arcade. Left to right: Director of Development Bill Perry, President and CEO Lisa Hanson. Strategic Initiatives Manager Dorie Watts, Grants Manager Karen Maner. Photo provided.

After almost a year of working remotely, the Culture Works staff have moved into their beautiful new office at The Arcade.  Left to right: Director of Development Bill Perry, President and CEO Lisa Hanson.  Strategic Initiatives Manager Dorie Watts, Grants Manager Karen Maner.  Photo provided.
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After almost a year of working remotely, the Culture Works staff have moved into their beautiful new office at The Arcade. Left to right: Director of Development Bill Perry, President and CEO Lisa Hanson. Strategic Initiatives Manager Dorie Watts, Grants Manager Karen Maner. Photo provided.

3. Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship: Connect if you are a high school or college student who may be eligible for the Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship. It has provided $400,000 to 200 students over the years.

4. Artist Opportunity Grant: Log in if you are an individual artist living in Montgomery County. The Artist Opportunity Grant program provides financial assistance to artists in Montgomery County to further their careers through professional development opportunities and opportunities associated with new work. This program is made possible by funding from the Montgomery County Arts and Culture District (MCACD) and is administered by Culture Works.

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As a two-time recipient of the Artist Opportunity Scholarship, funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Culture District and administered by Culture Works, Josh Merritt was able to attend lectures and workshops to supplement his skills and learn new skills. techniques as a glass artist. Photo provided.

As a two-time recipient of the Artist Opportunity Scholarship, funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Culture District and administered by Culture Works, Josh Merritt was able to attend lectures and workshops to supplement his skills and learn new skills. techniques as a glass artist.  Photo provided.
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As a two-time recipient of the Artist Opportunity Scholarship, funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Culture District and administered by Culture Works, Josh Merritt was able to attend lectures and workshops to supplement his skills and learn new skills. techniques as a glass artist. Photo provided.

5. Special Projects Grant: Connect if you are a small to medium sized arts organization, school, government agency, or other Montgomery County-based nonprofit seeking funding for an arts or culture project. The Special Projects Grant program has given more than $300,000 since its inception in 2020. This program is also funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) and administered by Culture Works.

6. New to the area: Tune in if you’re new to the area and want to learn more about the Dayton area’s wealth of artistic and cultural opportunities – or if you’ve lived here your whole life and still don’t know it all! Culture Works can tell you all about the great, outstanding arts organizations you may know a little about, but they can also tell you about lesser-known but equally incredible gems like Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield, TheaterLab Dayton and Pamana. Dance group founded in Dayton.

7. DEEP Arts: Log in if you’re a teacher, school administrator, or homeschooled parent who wants to learn more about arts education opportunities for K-12 students. ArtsDEEP, operated by Culture Works, is a listing of the wide variety of educational programs both in-school and on-the-job available to students in the Dayton area. Learn more about artsdeep.cultureworks.org

8. Free Arcade Events: Log in if you’re interested in free community events happening at the Arcade. Culture Works, in partnership with Arcade developer Cross Street Partners, coordinated the return of Holly Days in December. Look for more of these events throughout the year!

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Holly Days returned to the newly restored Arcade Rotunda in Dayton in December. The free, family-friendly event featured artisan vendors, live performances, a community Lego build hosted by Brixilated, magical snowfalls and more. TOM GILLIAM / COLLABORATING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Holly Days returned to the newly restored Arcade Rotunda in Dayton in December.  The free, family-friendly event featured artisan vendors, live performances, a community Lego build hosted by Brixilated, magical snowfalls and more.  TOM GILLIAM / COLLABORATING PHOTOGRAPHER
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Holly Days returned to the newly restored Arcade Rotunda in Dayton in December. The free, family-friendly event featured artisan vendors, live performances, a community Lego build hosted by Brixilated, magical snowfalls and more. TOM GILLIAM / COLLABORATING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

9. Support for local arts: Connect if you love local arts and culture! A great way to share this passion is to donate to the entire Dayton area arts community. All arts organizations, large and small, are supported by support from their local region. In return, the region benefits both economically and through improved quality of life. Culture Works awards nearly $372,000 annually to support arts organizations in our region, a significantly reduced amount in 2020 and 2021. The past two years have made the need for local support even greater.

10. Private event space at the Arcade: Connect if you want to organize an event at the Arcade. Culture Works moved into Charley’s Crab’s former location on the Arcade’s second floor in the spring of 2021 and has also taken on the role of event management in both the Arcade Rotunda and the CenterPoint Energy-inspired Tank at the lower level. If you’re planning a wedding, class reunion, sideshow or business meeting, talk to the team at Dayton Arcade Events, the events arm of Culture Works. Once fully established, the net proceeds from venue rentals will be reinvested in the arts in our community.

James C. Tibbs