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The Innovation Fund

David Fraher has been leading Arts Midwest since it was established 35 years ago. As he moves onward, and we welcome Torrie Allen as our incoming President & CEO, we invite you to join us in thanking David for all his contributions to creativity in the Midwest.

Support the David Fraher Fund for Innovation

We like to think of this new fund as a source of courage funding for Midwestern creativity. Supporting this new fund will help Arts Midwest and its constituents explore new ideas, programs, and special projects that ensure the Midwest continues to be a place where arts and culture thrive.

In accordance with its founding guidelines, this fund and its earnings will never be allocated to cover general operating costs or budgets shortfalls. Instead, our goal is to continue to grow the fund, while also providing our team, our partners, and our communities seed funding to source, test, and share new ideas that support creativity in the Midwest.

The use of this funding will be collaborative and experimental, it will be rooted in our organizational motto, “be curious,” and it will focus on ideas that advance our values.

Want to know even more about the Innovation Fund? Access the full brochure for more detail and read about how innovation has shaped Arts Midwest.

Visionaries ($10,000+)

Flávia Bastos and Larry Huston Peter Capell Loann Crane
Emily Maltz and Jean-Michel Artigaud, in honor of Colleen McLaughlin

Innovators ($5,000-$9,999)

Jane and John Rasmussen

Catalysts ($1,000-$4,999)

Rebecca Biderman Sandra Clark Ken and Penny Fischer
Matthew Harris Mary Pickard Omari Rush
Gregory Volan and Katarina Toparov Janine Webb

Leaders ($1-$999)

Dean Amhaus Julie Amsberry Emily Anderson and Danaca Booth
Mr. Larry Baill and Susan Colby Mr. Jordan Bandy Lemuel Bardeguez
Marc Baylin Jodi Beach and Jim McDowell Ragnar Berthling
Anne Black Kaija and Brian Bonde Larry and Faye Brandstetter
Ruth Brennan Chelsea Brown Joi A. Brown
Ann Brusky Ken Carlson and Lara Roberts Susan Chalmers Gauvin
Tony L. Chauveaux Libby Chiu Nina Clark
Donna Collins Liz Crabtree Joshua Davis-Ruperto
Edward Dickey Shantel Dow Darlene Dulitz
Kat Duvic Gerry Foley Luanne Fondell
Claire Frederick Alison Mara Friedman Ms. Jeannette Gardner
Judy Gaviser Margaret Genovese Tanya MB Gertz
Teresa Glasgow Karen and Norman Goeschko Dave Haist
Alex Hargis, dedicated to Gracie girl, Evie cat and Lucasaurus Nancy Harold Steve Heath
Cynthia Hellen Janet Herman Barlow Craig Howe, in memory of Philip Allen
Juro and Hatsue Inomata Yumi Inomata and Karl H. Nilsson Linda E. Johnson
Brenda Lee Johnston Joshua Kane Sylvia Kaufman
Fay & Bob Kay Grace Kelmer Jeff Laramie – SRO Artists Inc
Sherri Leathers The Mystical Arts of Tibet Patti Hannah Liberatore
Lynn Lucius Sheila and Joe Markley Dayna Martinez
Kymm and Ivan Martinez Sarah McCarthy Patricia McIlvenna
Colleen McLaughlin Bill Mease and Mary Thorpe-Mease Charlotte Michalski
Tod Minnich Bonnie Morris and Dean Holzman Ms. Daniela Muller
Donald Pastor and Mr. David Goldstein Joe Patti Adam Perry
Rhoda Pierce Steve and Arlene Pine Bea Premack
Mollie Quinlan-Hayes Angela Ramey Kirk Randolph
Kyle Ridout Betsy Roder Eric R. Rogers
Anne Romens and Christopher Hill Jennifer Ross Shirley Roumagoux-Madigan
Abby & Orie Rutchick Tania Salazar Maestri Mukta Sathe
Joel Snyder Beth Strachan Katherine Strauss and Dick Rosenthal
Anna M. Thompson Brian Tiemann Robin Tryloff
George and Maria Tzougros Angela and Grant Urbanz Diane Veale, in honor of LuCille V. Tack
Michael Louis Vinson Stanley Wai and Gayle Jorgens Matthew Wallace
Jim Weiner Paul and Joan Wernick Alexis Wesling
Todd Wetzel