About Roanoke Cultural Endowment

We believe in the arts + culture in Roanoke and we are committed to engaging Roanoke in a shared vision for the City and driving support for arts and culture. Support for the Roanoke Cultural Endowment reaches beyond local arts & culture and is an investment in a sustainable future of economic health and vitality for Roanoke.

Our Mission is to cultivate a legacy of stability, engagement, and vitality for arts and culture in the City of Roanoke through advocacy and grant making. 

What is the Roanoke Cultural Endowment?

The Roanoke Cultural Endowment is a non-profit community endowment formed in January 2015 by resolution from Roanoke City Council as a private-public fund comprised of both city dollars and private dollars.

Our vision is to foster a vibrant community where arts and culture are accessible to all and valued as a critical component of a healthy economy and region, today and for future generations.

Our goal is to raise $20 million through public and private contributions within 10 years. The endowment will award grants to arts & cultural organizations once the endowment reaches $20 million. Fundraising will continue perpetually.

Our Values:

  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Sustainability

Staff & Board of Directors

Technology has made talent mobile. Talent is attracted to cities with vibrant cultures. Economic development occurs when cities have a strong workforce. Investments in creative initiatives can spur growth. The Roanoke Cultural Endowment exists to foster and facilitate this growth in Roanoke.

Shaleen Powell

Executive Director

David Wine

Chairman of the Board

Katherine Fralin


Lucas Thorton


Cheryl Cobbs

Board Member

Sarah Tune Doherty

Board Member

William D. Elliot

Board Member

Nancy O. Gray

Board Member

Sherman P. Lea Jr.

Board Member

David B. Trinkle

Board Member