The RWF Education and Membership Committees partnered for the first education event of 2017. "Why Fund The Arts?" was held on March 16 at the art-filled home of Dotsy Clifton. The speakers were Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator for Roanoke City; Cyrus Pace of the Jefferson Center; Pat Wilhelms of Roanoke Children's Theatre; and Donna Robinson of Cultural Arts for Excellence (CAFE), a RWF funded program that uses the arts for academic remediation. In a dialogue with RWF members, the panelists, led by moderator Ginny Jarrett, all spoke on the impact arts have on a vibrant and growing community. As government funds may be diminishing, it is more important than ever to keep our arts funded. The panelists spoke about the arts being an economic engine, as well as an opportunity for personal growth and enrichment. Thanks to all who helped to make this event a success!