about roxarts 

In May of 1981, led by parent Steve Nelson, the dream of ROXARTS (Formerly REAP – Roxboro Enrichment Arts Program) was realized. ROXARTS was founded in 1982 through the efforts of a group of parents, teachers and Rosemary Mannino Weltman, the Roxboro Elementary Principal from 1981-1987.


With very humble beginnings and spaghetti dinner fundraisers, ROXARTS raised money annually for arts enrichment at Roxboro Elementary and Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The parent group funded many Artists-in-Residence programs, assemblies, field trips and projects involving the Arts. Every year, the organization grew as did the fundraisers.


In 2016, ROXARTS pledged to expand their reach, finalizing a 3-year commitment for equal funding to Monticello Middle School.


ROXARTS also makes an annual donation to Reaching Heights. 

In January, 2018, the ROXARTS board finalized an exciting partnership with The Heights Schools Foundation (HSF) making it possible to fund all of the CH-UH Elementary Schools and Middle Schools -- that is every child K-8 -- with dollars earmarked for arts and science enrichment. The fund, called RoxARTS In Tiger Nation, was born. 


ROXARTS truly is a growing network of parents, teachers, community members and volunteers raising funds and providing educational programs in performing and visual arts and sciences for all elementary and middle school students in the CH-UH City School District. We raise money through our generous sponsors and fundraising benefits, often featuring silent and live auctions.

Examples of the artist residencies, art activities, science enrichment and capital improvements include the following:

  • Art kits for kindergarteners

  • Online workshops

  • Ballroom dance

  • Creative dance and movement

  • Drumming (Djapo Cultural Arts Institute)

  • Visual Arts

  • Printmaking

  • Improv

  • Music education (Dalcroze)

  • Live music performances 

  • Author visits

  • Puppetry

  • Mosaics

  • Quilt making

  • Paper making

  • Batik

  • Murals

  • Wireless headsets

  • Permanent, all-child accessible playground instruments  

  • The Rox Reader, a RoxEl newspaper

  • In-school theater experience

  • Field trips to Playhouse Square

  • Cleveland Museum of Art visits

  • Women in History assemblies including an Underground Railroad simulation

  • Upcyling projects

  • Lego Mindstorms

  • Programmable mini drones 

  • Coding robot

And more to come with the help of our generous community and sponsors. To touch every child in the district with arts & science  programming is a wonderful achievement.


Thank you for your continued support!