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Heights Arts 2024 Annual Fund



It’s once again time for our annual fund campaign, which provides us with critical support in serving our mission to connect arts and community. If you gave in the past, you already know the impact of your gift. If you are new to us, we hope you will help us sustain our important programming, and we invite you to experience some of our many offerings in poetry, music, and visual arts and crafts in the coming year.

Each fiscal year we showcase and support over 150 local arts and crafts professionals in our Holiday and year-round Store, present five group and five individual exhibitions including our intern / student exhibitions, provide a High School exhibition internship for a CHHS Junior and Senior student, and provide a Store and Exhibition Internship for two students interested in arts retail and management.

In our literary discipline, we feature the work of 16 poets through four onsite and one partner Ekphrastacy – Artists Talk and Poets Respond event in conjunction with our and Valley Art Center’s exhibitions and continue to oversee the longest-running Poet Laureateship in the state —The Heights Poet Laureate. Our 11th and current laureate, Ray Siaara Freeman, is our fist Heights Poet Laureat – engaging with both the City of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

With our post-pandemic music programming reinstated, we present five Close Encounters concerts, up to four Gallery Concerts featuring new music genres, partner on several concerts and one recital with the No Exit New Music Ensemble, and host four ARTbar performances featuring local jazz and blues ensembles.

See our 2024 Music Program HERE

Become a member of the Heights Arts 2025 Club

The dazzling 20th-anniversary celebration Heights Arts had planned two years ago was canceled due to the pandemic. Undaunted, we are now redirecting our excitement and energy to our 25th anniversary in 2025! The Heights Arts 2025 Club is a group of dedicated arts champions who believe in helping sustain Heights Arts and our mission to serve the many literary, musical, and visual artists who live in and enrich the region and bring their contributions to the community.

2025 Club members pledge to give $2500 or more between the fall of 2022 and June 30, 2025. Club members receive recognition on our website and other materials, and will be invited to a special event in the fall of 2025 honoring their dedication to Heights Arts, and celebrating our accomplishments in connecting arts and community over the last 25 years.

We ask that you consider a gift at any level – knowing it will make a big difference to our small but mighty organization. Gifts of $50 or more receive membership benefits.

With gratitude in advance of your generous support,


Rachel Bernstein, Executive Director

Steve Presser, Board President




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