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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.

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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

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.

Helps to reduce feelings of isolation especially helpful for our aging population and for marginalized populations — the arts connect people which leads to longer and happier living.

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.

Ways to give



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Make a direct donation to FAA today! By clicking on the link below, you may choose how you would like to designate your donation.


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FAA awards over 100 scholarships per year. Donate to help provide classes, lessons, costumes, and more!


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More information coming soon! For questions, please email FAA Director of Development, Yvonne Delgado Thomas.


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When filling out the donation form, you can choose between "One Time Gift" or "Monthly Gift".
Monthly Giving



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Become a sponsor for an upcoming event, such as the annual gala, or a performance. Interested? Email FAA Director of Development, Yvonne Delgado Thomas for more information.


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Be seen by thousands of individuals throughout Northeast Ohio in FAA's newsletter, digital signage, and more! Email Manager of Marketing and Communications, Alyssa Lombardi for more information.

Fundriasing Events


June 28 - July 23
a "$25K" Virtual Auction

Bid to win on a variety of items! Dinners, tours, technology, themed baskets, vacations, and more! 


  • Kicks off on June 28, 2021, and runs through July 23, 2021


  • Race to Embrace is a VIRTUAL event. Wifi is required to participate. Bid on items through our CharityToday site (coming soon).

Last year’s virtual auction was such a HUGE success! FAA couldn’t help but embark on its 2nd Annual Race to Embrace the Arts. This virtual auction is chock full of amazing auction baskets, unique auction packages of all shapes and sizes – something to fit everyone’s budget. The $25,000 goal will help to support FAA programs, services, and operations.

Today, FAA is seeking auction donations and sponsors. If you have any special vacation venues, gift cards, items, services, unique experiences, wine, tickets, liquor, jewelry, to donate, please contact the development office at 440-951-7500 ext. 112 or email

It’s time to get on your mark, get set, the race for the arts is about to begin! Stay tuned for updates on when items will be available to browse.

Schedule of Events:

Online bidding laps:

    • Lap 1: runs from Monday, June 28 to Saturday, July 3, 2021
    • Lap 2: runs from Monday, July 5 to Saturday, July 10, 2021
    • Lap 3: runs from Monday, July 12 to Saturday, July 17, 2021
    • Lap 4: runs from Monday, July 19 to Saturday, July 24, 2021

Items available for bidding are assigned to a “lap”. If there is a specific item you are interested in, check to see which lap it is in so you know the window of time you have for bidding. Each lap opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, running 24/7, and ends on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Curbside Pickup:

    • Will take place at FAA on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • (July 3, July 10, July 17, and July 24)
    • Special pickup arrangements may be set up on an as-needed basis.

Race to Embrace the Arts is sponsored by Lakeland Community College, Wadsworth Solutions, Roy Smith, FAA VP Board of Directors, and Carnegie Investment Counsel.

Race to Embrace the Arts is supported by Ohio Arts Council.

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
100+ Scholarships
7,000 children, youth and adults
14,000 Patrons
75 Social Service Agencies

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

Together, we raised a total of $10,023
for FAA scholarships in the
'Give from the heART' Scholarship Campaign!

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.

Learn more

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.


All inquiries may be sent to:

The Fine Arts Association
38660 Mentor Ave.
Willoughby, OH 44094-7797
ATTN: Yvonne Delgado Thomas
Director of Development
440-951-7500 ext. 112