Welcome to Fund for the Arts’ website. We are a service organization providing financial and operational support to 12 member arts organizations through our Festivals, fundraising campaign and the tireless efforts of our Board members.
We believe that artists and arts organizations enhance the beauty and cultural richness of our community, and help drive its economic growth and prosperity.
Founded in 1981 as a result of the joint efforts of the Kanawha Arts Alliance and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Fund for the Arts raises funds from business, foundations, and government, as well as individuals, to provide operating expenses for our 12 member arts groups. Our services and funding keep our arts organizations healthy today, but also look to the future, as several of our member organizations, such as Children’s Theater of Charleston, River City Youth Ballet Ensemble and West Virginia Youth Symphony, showcase the artistic talents of our community’s children and young adults.
Fund for the Arts also secures financial support for our local member arts groups through its signature events like Wine & All That Jazz and Rhythm & Brews Festivals. Additionally, we kick off the fall season with Fund for the Arts’ Annual Taste Escape, which provides participants with an evening of gourmet food, wine, arts and entertainment in a wonderful evening backdrop of downtown Charleston, all for the benefit of our local member arts groups. These Fund for the Arts events have become a staple of the City of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley and we encourage you to take part in all of them!
Fund for the Arts’ contribution to the vitality of the local arts goes beyond fundraising. We work with each member organization to troubleshoot problems and promote stability and continuity. The arts organizations and individual artists we serve may not always have the staff, resources or technology to keep up with the ever-increasing administrative and fundraising tasks required of today’s non-profits, and that’s where the Fund for the Arts steps in to help. Through Fund for the Arts’ efforts, we hope to ensure a creative and prosperous arts community, today and tomorrow.
We encourage you to visit our website to:
- Learn the latest news involving Fund for the Arts and our local member arts groups
- Buy tickets to our upcoming events or become an event sponsor
- Make a donation.
And please, don’t forget to include the Fund for the Arts in your Will or estate plan. Your legacy can help our community stay creative and strong. Thank you.
Brett K. Staples
Fund for the Arts President