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Race to Embrace July 4-24


Welcome to the third annual Race to Embrace the Arts: a $25K fundraiser with three weeks of exciting prizes and a 50/50 raffle!

Enjoy an all new set of amazing prizes each week:

Check back soon to preview the prizes!

GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.

To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit 

Our goal this Giving Tuesday and for our Creative Arts Therapies Showcase is to raise $10,000 in scholarship support for our therapy clients who rely on our services!

The need for scholarship support at The Fine Arts Association is much greater than usual during these unprecedented times. Most of those who benefit from our therapy services struggle to acquire other services like healthcare, transportation, and independent living supports. Your donation provides much-needed access to therapeutic services for our clients. There are many individuals who may never have the opportunity to receive these services if it wasn’t for kind-hearted people like you. Your #GivingTuesday/Creative Arts Therapies Showcase donation will help make these needed services a reality.

Here are three easy ways you can participate in FAA’s #GivingTuesday Campaign: 

  1. Give from your heART by submitting a donation: online form or mail-in donation 
  2. Share what FAA means to you via email and/or social media or share the posts from your personal account!
  3. Text 5 friends about #GivingTuesday including the link to our donation form. You may also lead them to the FAA donate page

Copy + paste + share = Make an Impact! 

Hashtags you can use: 

  • #GivingTuesday
  • #GiftoftheheART
  • #Scholarships
  • #TheFineArtsFAAmily
  • #CreateandDiscoverBeauty

Ways to give

Focusing on supporting programs and operations as we recover from the impact of the global pandemic.

Focusing on supporting underrepresented and marginalized students.

Additional Ways to Donate

Donor Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. When you contribute cash, securities, or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to The Fine Arts Association’s funds or to any IRS-qualified public charity.

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Sponsor an upcoming event, such as the annual gala, or a theatre performance. Find a sponsorship level that meets your needs and budget.
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The arts are a sound investment for Ohio communities

The arts provide job creation and strong public/private partnerships, initiate downtown revitalization, and invigorate community development.

The arts support arts education in our schools, and ensure a vibrant quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

What your generosity can do for others

$25 pays for two children to enjoy an inspiring theatre experience
$50 provides five weeks of engaging arts and music instruction for a senior citizen
$100 provides a young person 14 weeks of participation in a string ensemble
$250 allows a class of elementary students a day of creative arts instruction at their school
$500 pays for a young person to attend 18 weeks of private instruction on any instrument

Donor Privacy Statement: The Fine Arts Association greatly appreciates all gifts made to the organization and respects the privacy of their donors. The Fine Arts Association does not share or sell a donor’s personal information with other individuals, nonprofits, or for-profit organizations, except when supplying necessary information to the organization’s external independent auditors, bank, and the Internal Revenue Service. The Fine Arts Association also does not send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

For other information regarding donations, please call the Development Office at 440-951-7500 x112

All inquiries may be sent to:

The Fine Arts Association
38660 Mentor Ave.
Willoughby, OH 44094-7797
Yvonne Delgado Thomas
Director of Development
Laura Matteo
Development and Finance Assistant  

Thank you 2021-2022 Supporters:

The impact of the arts in our community

Improves academic & social outcomes for youth across socioeconomic status and across all ages, leading to higher test scores, improved critical thinking skills, and a better ability to regulate emotions. As research has shown that low-income youth have the most to gain from the arts, creating access is an opportunity for growth.

Improves individual and community health reduces stress and anxiety, helps people cope with trauma, and supports patient recovery. FAA’s arts programs are in schools, hospitals, homeless centers, juvenile centers, veteran programs, senior centers, and other social service agencies.

Serves as an appropriate outlet for self-expression much needed in today’s outspoken world and especially helpful for young people who are seeing shocking increases in suicide rates and depressive feelings and higher levels of stress and anxiety.

Increases neighborhood livability and community identity helping to bridge cultural divides. Vibrant arts communities often show improved child welfare outcomes and reductions in crime and poverty.

Builds the necessary skills to thrive in today’s global world. The arts help to develop creative local talent (our future employees) and attract and maintain a creative workforce. Places that invest in and promote the arts and those that house a range of arts organizations often are more open, tolerant, and welcoming communities.

Beanie Baby Sale

Find Beanie Babies of all shapes and colors on our eBay page. Purchase a Beanie Baby for a loved one, yourself, a collector, or for a holiday gift! All proceeds from the sale of Beanie Babies directly support programs and services at The Fine Arts Association.

5,000 students of any age (pre-K through senior citizen), ability, and background participate in FAA’s classes, private lessons, workshops, recitals and camps in-house and/or virtually

100+ scholarships are awarded annually to students with 80% of the funds going to financial need scholarships, minority scholarships and to students with disabilities and 20% going to achievement and merit scholarships

7,000 children, youth, and adults reap the benefits of FAA’s outreach  programs and services that include, Creative Arts Therapies, Integrated Arts-Literacy, Theatre for Healthy Living™, Creative Aging Programs, etc. 

14,000 patrons from throughout Northeast Ohio attend a wide variety of theatrical and musical performances, events and concerts throughout each year

75 social service agencies partner with FAA for outreach programs and services including schools, hospitals, senior centers, homeless centers, libraries, juvenile centers, pre-schools, developmental disability centers, etc.

FAA Scholarships

FAA provides scholarships for families facing economic challenges, merit-based scholarships, discounted student group rates, free community concerts, senior citizen packages and free benefit dress rehearsals for organizations serving people with disabilities.

"Thank you so much for my piano scholarship. I love piano so much. Merry Christmas.
Love, Audrey"

FAA Student

"To my scholarship donor, Thank you very much for donating to Fine Arts so that I could take a ceramics class! I love the class and I wouldn't have been able to go without your help :)"

FAA Student

80% of FAA Creative Arts Therapies clients rely on scholarship support to receive needed services

FAA is always accepting donations for student scholarships. Give today to provide access to the arts for youth, adults, and seniors.

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The Fine Arts Association (FAA) provides over 100 scholarships annually for students. 80% of the funds go to financial need, minority, and Creative Arts Therapies scholarships. The remaining 20% of the funding benefits achievement and merit-based scholarships.

The Sarah Weeden Richardson Minority Scholarship Committee is a team mostly made up of caring people of color who realize that there are unique barriers to participating in the arts for young Black, Latino, and all persons of color. By giving to the SW Richardson Minority Scholarship, your gift will support a child or young person of color to access enriching arts programs and services as well as offer a committee of support for those students and families. More information about the SWRMSC can be found here.

Financial Aid scholarships provide access to the arts and ensures that students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds have equal opportunity to participate. Removing financial barriers is one way FAA provides underrepresented and marginalized populations the opportunity to participate in enriching arts programs and services. 

Creative Arts Therapies are available to clients seeking art or music therapy or participation in adapted programming. 

“*” indicates one single client

  • $25 provides a 30-minute adapted lesson or therapy session* 
  • $50 provides a 45-minute adapted lesson or therapy session*
  • $75 provides a 45-minute therapy session off-site to a group of clients
  • $100 covers the cost of an art or music therapy assessment*
  • $250 helps receive a semester of 30-minute adapted lessons or therapy sessions*
  • $500 helps receive a semester of 45-minute adapted lessons or therapy sessions*

Achievement and Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to students who either choose to audition or are referred by an FAA Faculty member.

  • Dedication Scholarships reward students’ dedication to FAA and their craft. Considerations include length of tenure at FAA and faculty referral information.
  • Music Achievement Scholarships are awarded based on adjudicated live audition. Awarded in four age brackets, students are rewarded for their performance in the live audition. 

Thank you for your support

Lake – Geauga Fund, Lake County Music & Drama Club, Women United of Lake County, Susan & John Turben Foundation, The Children’s Guild of Cleveland, Corporal Joshua S. Harmon Memorial Scholarship Ruddick Scholarship Fund, Smith Music Scholarship, Azrael Manross Music Scholarship, Edward J. Krauter Scholarship Fund, Scott Kendall Scholarship, Memorial Scholarship, Louise Davis Savage Scholarship for Excellence in Vocal Performance, Martina Filjak Piano Scholarship, Skok Scholarship Fund, Smith Dance Scholarship Fund, Robert Wolf Scholarship, Yarnell Drama Fund, Adrian Fraser Memorial Scholarship, and so many more generous supporters.