Karamu 2.0: Honoring the African-American Experience on Stage, in the Classroom and the Community



Dear Friend of Karamu House,

Karamu House, our country’s oldest African-American theatre, is experiencing the most significant turn-around in its 102-year history. With aggressive Board and community leadership, it has developed a new, fiscally-responsible strategic plan of action and a bold vision to engage and support diverse artists, residents and neighborhoods across Cleveland for the next 100 years. With a strong, united team of professionals and a clear vision of core programs, Karamu is once again meeting the diverse needs of children and adults throughout Greater Cleveland, with:
  • a six-performance, socially-relevant and professional-quality theatre season;
  • arts education in drama, vocal music and dance for all ages;
  • and community programming including free “In the Tradition” events such as Kwanzaa, Black History month and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
  • plus, comedy, jazz and poetry performances added in response to community demand.
As we look to the future, to become a state-of-the-art performance, arts education, and community meeting center, Karamu requires extensive renovations.  Phase one includes renovation of the 70-year-old Jelliffe and Arena theatres, lobbies and entrances to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.  Your support for these renovations is greatly appreciated and I hope you’ll join us next June to celebrate the grand re-opening of the renovated theatres and lobbies.
Your financial support is also an investment in Karamu’s administrative capacity. Over time these funds will provide the human resources needed to implement strategies that can sustain the organization for years to come. Operating funds are critical for organizations like Karamu. Studies have shown minority cultural organizations receive just one-tenth as much of their funding from individuals as majority organizations. That means every dollar from you is critical to Karamu’s future.
As a special LIMITED offer, the first 40 contributors of $250 or more 
will receive a copy of the WVIZ/PBS ideastream program,
100 Years in the House, which tells the story of Karamu’s celebrated history. 
Thank you for considering a gift to Karamu House. Join us in being part of Karamu’s next 100 years. 
Tony F. Sias
President and CEO
Contributions made by check should be made out to KARAMU HOUSE and can be mailed to:
Development Dept.
Karamu House
2355 East 89th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Karamu House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as recognized by the IRS. 
Donations to Karamu House are tax deductible to the furthest extend allowed by law. All donations made to Karamu House are non-refundable.
For more information, please contact Joy Roller, Development Director at 216.795.7070 ext. 235 to discuss additional opportunities for making a tax deductible gift toward our capital campaign.