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Beck Center for the Arts

A rendering of the Beck Center for the Arts after all renovations are completed.

Beck Center for the Arts has been transforming lives for nearly 90 years through their award-winning programs in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, outreach, creative arts therapies, and free programming.  Beck Center creates arts experiences for over 60,000 people annually, and is one of the largest cultural attractions in northeast Ohio.

Sustaining and growing access to quality arts experiences remains at the heart of Beck Center’s mission: to inspire, enrich, and transform lives through dynamic arts experiences.   

The demand for arts education continues to grow, yet the landscape of arts education in many schools has changed.  Beck Center has become a critical resource for educators to supplement the need for arts education in the community.  To meet this growing demand, the Beck Center campus needs to be updated with vibrant, open, and accessible spaces.  To make that happen they are asking the public for support with their “Creating our Future” capital campaign.

Parts of Beck Center’s 90-year-old campus have required renovation for increased accessibility, energy efficiency, and functionality.  They kicked off the public phase of the “Creating our Future” capital campaign on March 10, 2020, right before the governor’s order to shelter at home began. 

Starting in August 2020, they began the first phase of construction in the Education Wing and welcomed classes into the newly renovated classrooms in February 2021.  A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Education Wing occurred on March 10, 2021 with community leaders and officials. 

Beck Center has raised more than $4.7 million from over 280 donors - 70% of the $6.7M campaign goal.  They are thrilled to have over $1.5 million and 100% participation in the campaign from members of the board of directors, and the support for the campaign has been incredible and inspiring. 

The next phase will be the renovation of the building at the southern side of the campus to create a Center for Music & Creative Arts Therapies. Once these renovations are complete, they will begin to work with the city to take down the annex building on the corner of Rockway and Detroit, bringing greater visibility to the Beck Center campus as a northeast Ohio destination for arts education and performances. 

Lastly,  a new ADA accessible entryway, new bathrooms, and reconfiguration of the customer service area will be completed.  As the remaining campaign funds are secured, the Center will raise the roof of the main building to build a center for its renowned Dance Education program which started in 1976 and now serves hundreds of students every week.

If you would like to make a one-time donation or monthly reoccurring gift for one or two years, there are easy-to-use options on their website at   

If you would like to call in your donation or make a gift of stock, please contact director of development, Dena Adler, at (216) 521-2540.  Checks can be mailed to: 

Dena Adler
Director of Development
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

If you would like to see the newly renovated Education Wing in person, you can request a personal tour by reaching out to Dena Adler at [email protected].

Beck Center for the Arts is located  at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.  For more information or to sign up for classes, please visit or call (216) 521-2540.