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The need for scholarship support is much greater than usual during these unprecedented times. Your donation provides much-needed access to the arts for under-represented individuals. There are many children who may never have the opportunity to participate in enriching arts programs and therapy services if it wasn’t for kind-heARTed generous people like yourself!

Giving from the heART is an opportunity to positively impact scholarship recipients, provide access to the arts, and help us support those struggling in these trying times. With your help, FAA will be able to provide enriching arts experiences to all!

Here are a few ways you can join us: 

Thanks to you, we will provide access to the arts when students and their families need it most.

Scholarships provide access
to the arts

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.

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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. 

Together we

FAA Scholarship Student Highlight

Hi, my name is Zachary. I am 12 years old and I am starting 6th grade at the School of Innovation. I live in Willoughby with my mom, my dad, my twin sister Jessica, and a kitten named Loki. Six things that I like are elephants, video games, legos, YouTube, Boy Scouts, and ceramics. I am going into five years of doing ceramics. One of my favorite creations is a pumpkin that looks amazing and everyone that sees it says it is store-bought but it is not I made it in this class. I have made over 40 sculptures. I love to build. Taking Ceramics at FAA allows me to use my creativity to make each piece unique. I am also getting better each year. I am excited to create a lot more sculptures.
Zach M.
FAA Visual Art Student and FAA scholarship recipient

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.

 

5,000 Students
100+ Scholarships
7,000 children, youth and adults
14,000 Patrons
75 Social Service Agencies
The arts are a sound investment for Ohio communities
including job creation and strong public/private partnerships that initiate downtown revitalization, invigorates community development, supports arts education in our schools, and ensures a vibrant quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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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.

Your investment today
helps change the way children, youth, and adults
see themselves, their community,
and the world in which they live

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

WAYS TO GIVE

Monetary

DONATE TO FAA TODAY!

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DONATE TO FAA TODAY!

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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DONATE TO FAA SCHOLARSHIPS

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DONATE TO FAA SCHOLARSHIPS

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

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PLANNED GIVING

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

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RECURRING GIVING

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

BECOME A SPONSOR

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BECOME A SPONSOR

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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ADVERTISE WITH US

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ADVERTISE WITH US

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.
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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.

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

Scholarships at FAA

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.

"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