FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 9, 2013
Re: DuneCraft, Inc.
Contact: Alicia Borley, (720) 635-3375, alicia@dunecraft.com

Grant Cleveland Elected President of Fairmount Center for the Arts

CLEVELAND, OH --Grant Cleveland, an entrepreneur and Fairmount Center parent, was named president of Fairmount Center for the Arts’ Board of Trustees on December 15. Cleveland will work with the current Board of Trustees as Fairmount Center works to advance its mission and refine its business plan following its recent financial struggles.

Cleveland is president of DuneCraft, LLC, a Cleveland company that manufactures terrariums and other science-based toys for children and adults. With more than 20 years experience as a business owner and CEO, Cleveland plans to help move Fairmount Center forward by rebuilding the board, developing an advisory committee, and better defining Fairmount’s role as a leader in the arts community in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.

“Grant brings terrific energy to Fairmount that is matched by his ability to help raise capital and redevelop our business plan to better reflect the needs of our students and potential students,” said Jessica Leary Allen, Fairmount Center Executive Director.

“We have looked at other dance and art programs over the years for our children,” said Cleveland. “Few match Fairmount’s programs – which are centered on classical dance and art and innovative learning opportunities. The value is incredible, too.”

Cleveland seeks to create a renewed sense of community for Fairmount and will begin by implementing regular monthly communications; opportunities for fellowship among students and faculty; and more. Online registration will be implemented this winter and more students and parents will help support the Center as volunteers in several capacities. Multiple class and sibling discounts will be given to encourage current students to take more classes and include family members.

The Board of Trustees will help ensure everything is right-sized from a cost perspective and calculate appropriate tuition to cover the costs of the class. Fairmount is a not-for-profit so tuition money is not going toward high salaries or executive perks, but toward teacher salaries and overhead, says Cleveland.

Cleveland and his wife, Laura, live in Chagrin Falls with their three children.

Fairmount Center is looking for individuals who are interested in being on the Board of Trustees or serving in several new volunteer capacities. For more information please email Grant Cleveland directly at gc@dunecraft.com.



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