Our MissionThe West 117 Foundation
The West 117 Foundation advocates intersectionality and inclusivity for the entire LGBTQ+ community. We will acquire, manage, and reinvest funds to have a positive impact on the LGBTQ+ community of Greater Cleveland.
Studio West 117 is committed to making every aspect of this project inclusive and accessible for All members of our community. From our partnerships with local LGBTQ leaders from across the spectrum of identities and backgrounds to making sure all spaces are ADA compliant so all visitors can enter with ease. We believe this inclusivity begins with our community members seeing themselves reflected in the space at all levels from onstage talent to bartenders, so we are forming a hiring committee comprised of members who represent a variety of experiences, races, sexual identities, genders, and ability levels to ensure intersectional representation at all levels.
Renovation of the Phantasy entertainment complex will provide large scale venues to elevate drag and create a focal point for the LGBTQ community. These venues will allow us to create new opportunities for artists as well as revive lost and displaced events from Cleveland’s past that deserve celebration. Studio West is also creating a co-working space and podcast studio to generate low barrier-to-entry opportunities for LGBTQ enterprises. Alongside entertainment events, we will also feature educational programming for all ages on a variety of topics from drag history to financial literacy.
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Be a Founding member of The West 117 Foundation and help enhance the economic and cultural opportunities for All members of the LGBTQ Community of Greater Cleveland.