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Our History and Mission

A Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit literacy-based multicultural arts organization for children. It was founded in 1991 by a group of African-American women determined to make a difference, led by Deborah McHamm, our first president and chief executive officer.

A Cultural Exchange fills a void through innovative educational programs that integrate award-winning multicultural literature with the visual and performing arts. In the belief that widening access to books and knowledge is a political act requiring the mobilization of an entire community, we embrace a mission to acquaint children of color with their heritage, enhance their self-esteem and self-worth, and create opportunities and experiences which enrich the cultural development of ALL children, their families and the community through literature, the arts and cultural exchange.

Our Valued Partners

A Cultural Exchange has had the privilege of collaborating with hundreds of Literacy Champions. Our partners include:

The Anderson DuBose Company
AT&T Inc.
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic Charities
Health and Human Services
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
The Center for Community Solutions
Center for Families and Children
Charter One
City of Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns Foundation
Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Clinic
The Cleveland Foundation (Neighborhood Connections)
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland State University
The Coca-Cola Company
Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga County
Dix & Eaton
East Cleveland City Schools
Eaton Corporation
Ernst & Young
FirstEnergy Corporation
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Hawken School
Helen Brown Foundation
Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County
Invest in Children
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
John Carroll University
Kent State University
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Leadership Cleveland
The Lincoln Electric Company
Medical Mutual of Ohio
The MetroHealth System
Murtis H. Taylor Multi-Service Center
National City Corporation
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
PepsiAmericas, Inc.
The Plain Dealer
Playhouse Square
Radio One, Inc.
RPM International Inc.
STERIS Corporation
Target Corporation
TRW Foundation
U.S. Department of Education
WVIZ/PBS Ideastream

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A Cultural Exchange is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literacy-based multicultural arts organization for children, so your donation is tax deductible.


Bookstore Location

12624 Larchmere Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Phone: (216) 229-8300
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