The Endeavor Foundation for the Arts was inspired during the production of our founder’s, Rodney “Rhoda” Clay, first theatrical show in 2010. During this process he realized how much of a struggle it was for emerging GLBT artists to bring their artistic visions to life with very little financial resources. In order to raise the funds needed to produce the show, he decided to do it the old fashioned way: he held a beer bust and the show was on it’s way. Upon hearing that they were raising funds to produce a play, many people attending the fundraiser expressed how wonderful it was to be doing something for the arts.
After the show was finished, he decided to take his experience and create an organization that would help other artists see their artistic endeavors become a reality. Mr. Clay sought out his friends and community members and asked them if they would be willing to help him create an organization that would raise money for GLBT artists. They loved the idea but also wanted to do more than just help artists in pursuit of their work. They also wanted to help those individuals who wanted to become artists and needed the formal education to do so. Through their combined vision to help others achieve their artistic dreams, the Endeavor Foundation for the Arts was born to assist those wanting to become artists and those who are struggling to see their artistic dreams become a reality.