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2014

CAC Seeks Summer Communications Intern

April 10, 2014

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture seeks a summer intern to assist in communications in grantmaking.

Great Lakes Theater's SEVEN AGES Brings Free Theater to Northeast Ohio

February 14, 2014

2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Re-Approves $13.7 Million Investment in 2014 General Operating Support Grants to 57 Arts and Culture Organizations

December 10, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announces that it will invest $13,700,000 in grants in 57 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County next year through its 2014 General Operating Support grant program. The grants range in value from $11,609 to $1,730,876.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Announces Commitment of More Than $1.8 Million in Grants to 139 Arts and Culture Organizations in Cuyahoga County Through 2014 Project Support Program

November 18, 2013

CLEVELAND (November 18, 2013) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announces that it will invest $1,891,902 in grants in 139 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County next year through its 2014 Project Support grant program. The grant award amounts (see links below) were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its meeting and celebration event Monday afternoon at the Jennings Center for Older Adults.

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, announces more than $270,000 in grants to 90 vibrant neighborhood projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland

November 12, 2013

Neighborhood Connections, the small-grants and grassroots community-building program affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation, has approved $270,048 in grants to support 90 different projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 35 of the resident-led arts and culture projects announced today through a unique partnership with Neighborhood Connections.

Cleveland Metroparks: Powerful Performers

September 24, 2013

With slender wooden sticks in hand, a young girl stands in the center of a crowd and begins tapping on the cylindrical drum in front of her. The crowd, many backing with their own distinct drums, taps rhythmically along with her, transforming the tranquil Garfield Park Reservation into a makeshift music venue filled with "drum power."

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Holds Panel Review Meetings in October to Review and Score Applications from 153 Cuyahoga County Organizations Presenting Arts and Culture Activities

September 23, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites members of the community to observe its Panel Review Meetings in October, during which arts and culture experts from around the country will review and score the applications of 153 organizations based in Cuyahoga County who have applied for funding through its Project Support grant program in 2014.

Eliza Bryant Village: Enriching through Stitching

August 19, 2013

For the seniors at Eliza Bryant Village, the nation’s oldest African-American long-term care facility, quilting is more than a way to create a cozy cover – it’s a symbolic effort that links them to the world.

Esperanza: Finding Hope in Art

August 19, 2013

If you could create a piece of art to symbolize your individuality, struggles, hopes, and dreams, what would it look like? This was the challenge presented to young people participating in Esperanza's summer program. The result: A bright, boldly colored three panel ceramic mural capturing the unique characteristics of its creators while symbolizing the power of community through creativity.

GroundWorks DanceTheater Gets People Moving with "It's Your Move" Project

August 15, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture recently spoke with GroundWorks DanceTheater’s managing director Beth Rutowski about the dance company’s It's Your Move project.

Hospice of the Western Reserve recognizes Cuyahoga Arts & Culture with Community Builder Award

August 14, 2013

Hospice of the Western Reserve has awarded Cuyahoga Arts & Culture with its Community Builder Award, which “recognizes an organization that provides exemplary support to Hospice of the Western Reserve’s vital role in the community.” Hospice of the Western Reserve receives funding through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Project Support grant program for its art therapy programs for the bereaved.

In Pictures: Esperanza's Ceramic Mural Project

July 19, 2013

This summer, local Hispanic high school students are creating a ceramic mural that depicts the educational struggles experienced by the Hispanic community, and the students' hopes and dreams for the future. The program is part of a summer experience for local Hispanic students organized by Esperanza, which includes fifteen two-hour workshops and studio time at the Beck Center in Lakewood.

Exploring Art Inspires Students at Open Doors Academy

July 15, 2013

Around lunchtime on a Monday morning in early June at Open Doors Academy’s office on Perkins Avenue near East 30th in Cleveland, staff members were surprised to notice that the internet had stopped working. But once they learned the reason, their surprise turned to excitement.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Receives Clean Audit for Sixth Consecutive Year

June 17, 2013

For the sixth year in a row, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s annual financial review by the Ohio Auditor of State has resulted in a clean audit report (available on the Auditor of State’s website). For its fiscal year 2012, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) was awarded the highest rating and the Auditor of State Award, which includes no findings for “recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs.” Each year since CAC was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County, it has achieved a clean audit report.

Euclid Wind Festival Celebrates Wind Energy, Creative Power of Wind

June 15, 2013

Shore Cultural Centre's "Euclid Wind Festival" marks its second year on June 22 with a celebration of wind energy and wind-centered creativity. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture spoke with the Shore Cultural Centre's director of development, Sarah Gyorki to get the details about this unique event.

Neighborhood Connections and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Partner to Fund Innovative Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Programs

May 23, 2013

Through a unique partnership with a local grantmaking program, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will expand its arts funding to community-based arts and culture activities organized by residents.

Take a Hike: Explore Cleveland with Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

May 15, 2013

Did you know? The design of the Arcade—one of downtown Cleveland’s greatest architectural treasures—was thought to be so daring and advanced when it was built that no local firms bid on the project. Consequently, the Arcade was built by the Detroit Bridge Company.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Now Accepting Applications for Project Support Grants in 2014

May 15, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages nonprofit organizations offering arts and culture programming in Cuyahoga County to apply for funding through its 2014 Project Support grant program. New applicants are encouraged to attend one of three informational workshops on June 12, 17 and 18 to learn more about the Project Support grant program, and to visit cacgrants.org to learn more and apply. The Eligibility Check, the first step in the application process, is due Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by 4:30 p.m.

Beck Center for the Arts Creates Art Experiences for Casual Learners, Advanced Artists

April 12, 2013

With over 200 classes per week, in addition to its professional theater productions, the Beck Center for the Arts is a hub of creative activity in Lakewood—whose reach extends beyond the community to impact learners of all ages and abilities from throughout Northeast Ohio.

CAC’s 2012 Report to the Community Demonstrates Public Funding for Arts and Culture Has Positive Community Impact in Cuyahoga County

April 10, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today released new data demonstrating that public funding for arts and culture is having a positive impact on the residents of Cuyahoga County. The data, as well as stories highlighting the impact of funding on CAC-funded organizations, are highlighted in CAC’s 2012 Report to the Community, “Your Investment. Strengthening Community.”

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: It's Never the Same Twice

March 15, 2013

At the heart of jazz, a truly American art form, is the idea of musical improvisation, the creation of “in the moment” musical experiences that are not previously rehearsed or performed.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Announces Dancing Wheels and LAND Studio as Winners of Creative Culture Grants Competition

February 25, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today announces that Dancing Wheels and LAND studio are the winners of its Creative Culture Grants competition. Dancing Wheels will receive $130,421 for its DARING TO BE “DUMBO” project, and LAND studio will receive $150,000 for AHA! FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. 6,500 Cuyahoga County residents participated in the public voting process that was held February 1-20. More details about the winning projects follow this news release.

Is age just a number? Cleveland TOPS Swingband Inspires Seniors, Celebrates Classic Big Band

February 15, 2013

Age isn’t taboo for the Cleveland TOPS Swingband. In fact, it’s embraced. TOPS is an acronym for “Tough Old Professionals,” which describes the 19-member band of talented musicians dedicated to performing "classic big band music, for seniors, by seniors."

CAC Invites All Residents of Cuyahoga County to Vote for Arts and Culture Projects Through February 20

January 31, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites all residents of Cuyahoga County to vote to help decide which two new creative projects will come to life in our community. The final results from the vote will help determine how CAC will invest up to $300,000 in two large-scale arts or cultural projects through its Creative Culture Grants program.

CAC To Invite Residents To Vote For Arts And Culture Projects In Our Community Beginning February 1

January 24, 2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announces that beginning February 1, 2013, it will invite Cuyahoga County residents to help decide which two large-scale arts or culture projects will receive up to $150,000 each through its new Creative Culture Grants program. The six projects on which residents will vote are included below.

2012

Video: Arts and Culture Roundtable with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald

December 18, 2012

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) and Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) welcomed more than 100 members of Cuyahoga County's arts and culture community to an Arts and Culture Roundtable with County Executive Ed FitzGerald on November 20, 2012.

CAC Announces Commitment of Nearly $29 Million in Grants to 175 Arts and Culture Organizations in Cuyahoga County

November 19, 2012

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today announced that it will invest $28,959,218 in grants to 175 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County. The grant award amounts (see links below) were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its meeting and celebration event today at MOCA Cleveland.

Arts and Culture Community Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussion with County Executive Ed FitzGerald on Nov. 20

October 19, 2012

On Tuesday, November 20, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will co-host a free Arts and Culture Roundtable featuring Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Members of the arts and culture community, as well as members of the public and media, are invited and welcome to attend.

Unexpected Theater in Unexpected Places: 10 minutes with Theater Ninjas’ Jeremy Paul

October 11, 2012

Theater Ninjas is a Cleveland-based theater organization that describes itself as “architects of out-of-the-ordinary experiences.” On November 1-17, Theater Ninjas will present Marble Cities at the Ohio City Masonic Temple.

CAC Announces New Grant Program, Creative Culture Grants; Residents to Vote for Arts and Culture Projects In Their Community

October 4, 2012

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is pleased to announce a new grant program, Creative Culture Grants, in which CAC will award $150,000 each to two large-scale arts or culture events selected by residents through a public voting process.

CAC to Hold Panel Review Meetings in October to Review and Score Applications from 189 Cuyahoga County Arts and Cultural Organizations

September 21, 2012

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites members of the community to observe its Panel Review meetings in October, during which arts and culture experts from around the country will review and score the applications of 189 arts and culture organizations based in Cuyahoga County who have applied for CAC funding in 2013.

Gathering STEAM: 10 minutes with Roots of American Music’s Sheela Das

September 13, 2012

Roots of American Music inspires people of all ages through traditional American music and culture by offering residencies, teacher workshops, assemblies, and free public performances in greater Cleveland.

Celebrating the Arts on the Shores of Berea’s Lake Coe: 10 minutes With Georgianna Rohde of the Berea Arts Fest

August 14, 2012

Berea Arts Fest brings art, music, dance, and more to the scenic, park-like setting of Berea’s Coe Lake on Sunday, September 9. The free arts festival features professional fine artists, performing artists, exhibits by local art students, hands-on art for the whole family, a chalk walk, and more.

Exploring the Warehouse District: 10 Minutes With Marcia Mandell of the 8th Annual Warehouse District Street Festival

July 16, 2012

On Sunday, August 5, thousands of Northeast Ohioans will visit downtown Cleveland for the 8th Annual Warehouse District Street Festival, where people can enjoy fine food from neighborhood restaurants and clubs, hear terrific music, see and purchase art by local artists, enjoy a variety of activities, and explore the neighborhood.

Sari Feldman and Victoria Eaton Johnson Reappointed to CAC’s Board

June 20, 2012

CLEVELAND (June 20, 2012) – Sari Feldman and Victoria Eaton Johnson were sworn in at CAC’s board meeting on June 18 to continue their service on Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s (CAC’s) five-member Board of Trustees. Both have served on CAC’s Board since 2009 and will continue their service for a second three-year term. Ms. Feldman and Ms. Johnson were nominated for reappointment by County Executive Ed FitzGerald, confirmed for reappointment by the Cuyahoga County Council on May 22, and formally sworn in on June 18.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Receives Clean Audit for Fifth Consecutive Year

June 11, 2012

CLEVELAND (June 11, 2012) – For the fifth year in a row, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC)’s annual financial review by the Ohio Auditor of State has resulted in a clean audit report (available on the Auditor of State’s website). For its fiscal year 2011, CAC was awarded the highest rating and the Auditor of State Award, which includes “no findings for recovery, significant deficiencies or comments in its management letter.” Each year since CAC was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County, it has achieved a clean audit report.

Webinar: Linking Money to Mission - Finance Essentials for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Grant Applicants

May 30, 2012

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture hosted this live webinar with nationally recognized finance experts Nonprofit Finance Fund in May 2012. This webinar is designed especially to meet the needs of Cuyahoga County's arts and cultural organizations with budgets of all sizes.

Arts and Culture Community Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussion with Eric Gordon on June 1

May 22, 2012

On Friday, June 1, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will co-host a free Arts and Culture Roundtable featuring Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Members of the arts and culture community, as well as members of the public and media, are invited and welcome to attend.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Now Accepting Applications for Grants in 2013

May 15, 2012

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages nonprofit organizations offering arts and culture programming in Cuyahoga County to apply for its 2013 grant programs. New applicants are encouraged to attend one of three informational workshops on June 5, 7, or 13, to learn more about its Project Support grant program, and to visit www.cacgrants.org to learn more and apply.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Releases New Data Outlining Broad Impact of CAC Funds on Arts and Culture Sector in Cuyahoga County

April 9, 2012

CLEVELAND (April 9, 2012) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today announced new data outlining the broad impact of CAC funds on Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector. The data are part of CAC’s Report to the Community, which was released at its annual meeting, attended by board members, staff, and members of the community, this afternoon at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare.

2011

CAC Announces Nearly $14 Million in 2012 General Operating Support Grants

December 12, 2011

The Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) has approved 66 grants, totaling $13,980,960, to arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County in 2012.

PBS Airs Documentary Featuring CAC

November 22, 2011

PBS recently aired the mini-documentary Artistic Choice: Preserving a Legacy in Cleveland. This 16-minute film explores our innovative arts funding structure in Cuyahoga County and was produced locally by WVIZ/PBS ideastream.

CAC Announces 2012 Project Support Grants

November 14, 2011

The Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) has approved 88 grants, totaling $1,029,164 for the 2012 Project Support cycle. The awards include traditional PS I grants and the new Project Support II, a small grant program that provides awards of up to $5000.

Record Number of Applicants for 2012 Project Support Program

November 1, 2011

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture convened its fourth panel review of Project Support grant applications in public sessions Monday, October 17th-Wednesday, October 19th, 2011. The 100 applicants came from a wide range of Cuyahoga County-based organizations, large and small, suburban and urban. This was a 30% increase in applications, and 33 organizations applied for the first time. New this is year is a small grant program, Project Support II, which attracted 49 applicants for grants up to $5,000. 51 organizations applied to the traditional Project Support program which provides grants up to $50,000.

Steven A. Minter Reappointed to CAC Board of Trustees: Founding Trustee & Former Chair Sworn in for Third Term

June 14, 2011

In May, County Executive Ed Fitzgerald nominated Steven A. Minter for reappointment to a third term on the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees, and after confirmation by the County Council, he was sworn in for a third term at the CAC board meeting on June 13.

CAC Receives Clean Audit for Fourth Consecutive Year: Ohio Auditor of State Finds No Deficiencies in CAC Financial Audit

June 9, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s annual financial review by auditors from the State of Ohio has resulted in an "unqualified opinion," which is the cleanest possible audit they award. Every year since CAC was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County, it has achieved this level of audit findings, with no comments or deficiencies.

Now Available: CAC's 2010 Report to the Community

May 26, 2011

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is pleased to announce the release of its 2010 online Report to the Community. With nearly $65 million in public investment since our first grants were awarded in 2007, CAC has become one of the top public funders of arts and culture programming in the United States, and by far the largest public funder in the State of Ohio.

CAC Opens Project Support Grant Program for 2012 Cycle: Local Nonprofits Can Seek Up to $50K for Arts & Culture Projects

May 10, 2011

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio’s largest public funder of arts and culture programming, has posted the guidelines for its 2012 Project Support grant program, and invites all Cuyahoga County-based 501(c)3 nonprofits to submit an “intent to apply.” Grants of up to $50,000 are available for arts and culture focused projects that will take place during the 2012 calendar year.

Now Online: Guidelines for 2012 Project Support Grant Program

April 18, 2011

Guidelines for the 2012 Project Support (PS) Grant Program are now available for download. The PS grant program is intended to support Cuyahoga County-based projects that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

CAC Launches New Pilot Program for Small Grants: Ohio’s Largest Public Arts Funder Seeks to Expand Access to Nonprofits

April 7, 2011

At its April meeting, the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees approved a small-grants pilot program for the 2012 funding cycle. A part of CAC’s Project Support (PS) grant program, the pilot simplifies the application process for nonprofit organizations seeking grants of $5,000 or less.

CAC Trustees Elect 2011 Slate of Officers at Annual Meeting: Sari Feldman to Helm Ohio’s Largest Public Funder of Arts & Culture

April 4, 2011

At its annual meeting on April 4, the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees elected officers for 2011-12. Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman was unanimously elected board president, succeeding CAC’s founding board president Steven Minter, Executive-In-Residence at Cleveland State University.

Cuyahoga County's Public Arts Funding Benefits Region: Data Shows Impact of Public Funding on Local Arts & Culture Sector

March 31, 2011

Data gathered through the Ohio Cultural Data Project demonstrate that despite the economic challenges of the past several years, CAC-funded organizations have increased availability and participation at cultural events across Cuyahoga County, while supporting and contributing to local jobs and economic activity.

Video: Karen Gahl-Mills Reports on "The State of Our Arts" for 2011

March 30, 2011

On March 30, 2011, CAC Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills was invited to speak at the City Club of Cleveland, where she addressed "The State of Our Arts" in Cuyahoga County. A link to video of that address is available on YouTube via a link here.

CAC Executive Director to Report on "The State of Our Arts": How Have Four Years of Public Arts Funding Affected Cuyahoga County?

March 14, 2011

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills will address the City Club of Cleveland on Wednesday, March 30 at Noon, on the “State of Our Arts in Cuyahoga County.” She will explore the impact that a dedicated public funding source has had on the county's arts & culture sector and what the long-term impact may bring.

2010

CAC Board Approves $16.8 Million Budget for 2011

December 16, 2010

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has approved a budget of $16.8 million for 2011. Approximately $15.8 million of that budget will be allocated to CAC’s grant programs for local arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County, while the remainder will be used for administration and special projects.

CAC Welcomes New Director of Grant Programs

December 16, 2010

CAC is very pleased to welcome Jill Paulsen as the new Director of Grant Programs. She will oversee CAC’s General Operating Support and Project Support grant programs, and will help CAC explore creative and innovative options for maximizing its investment of public funding in the arts and culture sector.

Forum Attendees Share Opinions on CAC Spending Plans: County Residents Turn Out to Help Inform Plan for Future Spending

December 6, 2010

At two public forums held in mid-November, nearly 50 individuals turned out to learn more about a proposed spending policy for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and to share their opinions for prioritizing the agency’s allocation of grant funding.

Public Input Sought on How to Spend Millions in Arts Grants: Two Public Forums Offer an Opportunity to Help Shape Spending Policy

November 10, 2010

CAC is holding two public forums next week to explore new ways to ensure it is making the most significant impact with its annual investment of nearly $15 million in arts and cultural programming. Both meetings are free and no RSVP is required.

CAC Announces $14.8 Million in Grants to Local Arts Organizations: 133 Nonprofits to Share in Public Funding from Local Cigarette Tax

October 25, 2010

At its regularly scheduled October board meeting, the trustees for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announced its official list of grantees for the 2011 funding cycle. More than 130 new and returning organizations from all across Cuyahoga County will share in nearly $15 million over the coming year.

CAC Announces Grant Awards for for 2011 cycle of Project Support and General Operating Support Grants

October 25, 2010

At its regularly scheduled October board meeting, the trustees for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announced its official list of grantees for the 2011 funding cycle. 133 organizations from all across Cuyahoga County will share in $14.8 million.

A complete list of grantees and their awards is available here.

CAC's 2009 Audit Released by Ohio State Auditor with No Finding of Deficiencies

September 30, 2010

CAC's annual audit of finances, conducted by the Ohio Auditor of State's office was found to have no deficiencies for fiscal year 2009.

A link to the audit, from the Auditor's Web site is available here.

$800,000 to be Split Among Nearly 70 Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture Organizations - Funding Panels to Review Arts & Culture Grant Applications for 2011 Funding Cycle

September 20, 2010

CAC will convene its third review of Project Support (PS) grant applications this week, on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 23. The 67 applicants come from a wide range of Cuyahoga County-based organizations - large and small, rural and urban. Those grantees who receive funding will share in an allocation of $800,000, which was approved by the CAC board at its regular meeting on Sept. 13.

Board Approves Nearly $15 Million for Arts & Culture Programming - Local Groups Will Share in Allocation from Tobacco Tax during 2011 Grant Cycle

September 15, 2010

At its regularly scheduled September meeting, the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees voted to approve an allocation of $14.8 million to be used for funding arts and culture programming throughout Cuyahoga County.

Cuyahoga County Residents Make 2010 "Star-Spangled Spectacular" Shine - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Makes Voters’ Intentions a Reality at Public Square Concert

June 24, 2010

Below the glowing fireworks, amidst the swell of brass and strings, thousands of people will turn out to celebrate this year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular concert on Cleveland’s Public Square on July 1. What many of the spectators may not realize is that they are largely responsible for making this event possible, by the commitment they made in 2006 to supporting the arts in Cuyahoga County, through the approval of a 10-year tax on cigarettes to fund arts programming.

Seventy-two Nonprofits Apply for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Operating Grants

April 22, 2010

Seventy-two Cuyahoga County organizations are hoping to secure a share of the funds slated for distribution during the 2011-2012 cycle of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s General Operating Support grant program. Included among the groups that met the April 7, 2010 application deadline are nine organizations hoping to obtain Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) operating support for the first time. Funding decisions will follow a public, peer review process scheduled to take place on May 26 and 27, and the board’s approval of award amounts in fall.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Swears in Newest Trustee - COSE Arts Network Leader Tapped for Five-Member Board

April 13, 2010

Matthew Charboneau of Lakewood has been named to the board of trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a professional musician for the past fifteen years—he plays the double bass and electric bass—Charboneau currently leads the Council of Smaller Enterprise’s (COSE) Arts Network, a resource for professionals from Northeast Ohio’s creative industries. Charboneau was sworn in at yesterday afternoon’s annual meeting of the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board. His term extends through March 2013.

Funding Available for 2011 Arts and Cultural Projects in Cuyahoga County - CAC Announces Informational Workshops on the 2011 Project Support Grant Program

April 2, 2010

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites nonprofits based in Cuyahoga County to learn about CAC’s Project Support grant program for arts and cultural projects that will take place during the 2011 calendar year. The CAC Project Support grant program provides funding assistance for high quality, Cuyahoga County- based arts and/or cultural programming for the public. Detailed program guidelines including eligibility requirements are available on the CAC website at www.cacgrants.org.

CAC Trustees Approve $1.35 Million in Special Initiative Grants Funds Will Support Creative Workforce Fellowship Program and July Celebration on Public Square

February 12, 2010

Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) have approved a $1.1 million grant to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) to continue support of the innovative Creative Workforce Fellowship Program. This is the second CAC award for this program; it will assure continued funding for the prestigious fellowship through 2012. An earlier award, made by CAC in 2008, has funded two fellowship cycles, providing one-year stipends to forty individual artists in the performing and visual arts. This unique fellowship program’s primary purpose is to support Cuyahoga County’s creative workforce and provide an environment that nurtures creativity and innovation.

2009

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Awards General Operating Support to Sixty-Three Organizations

December 11, 2009

Three-Year Total of General Operating Support Funds Nears $45 Million Mark

Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), the Cuyahoga County-wide source of public funds for arts and cultural organizations and programming have approved the distribution of Year Three funding for sixty-three General Operating Support (GOS) grants originally awarded in 2007. Voting at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the CAC board, trustees approved payments totaling nearly $15 million, which will provide the third annual installment of operating support for GOS grantees in full compliance with stated program and reporting guidelines. Over three years, CAC General Operating Support has delivered just under $45 million to Cuyahoga County nonprofits helping to secure CAC’s place among the nation’s largest sources of local public support for the arts.

Guidelines Released for 2011-2012 General Operating Support and 2011 Project Support Programs

November 16, 2009

Updated application guidelines for Cuyahoga Arts and Culture’s two principal funding programs are now available on the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) website (www.cacgrants.org). CAC General Operating Support (GOS) and Project Support (PS) guidelines, each presented as a separate document, detail for prospective applicants—and the broader community—the processes by which grant dollars will be distributed to arts and cultural organizations in 2011 and 2012.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Trustees Name Executive Director

November 10, 2009

The board of trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today named Karen Gahl-Mills to head CAC, the public funding mechanism that supports arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. Trustees, in a unanimous vote taken during this morning’s regular, public meeting, appointed Ms. Gahl-Mills, currently the president and executive director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, to a four-year term as CAC executive director. Ms. Gahl-Mills takes the reins of CAC at a critical time for an organization that, in fewer than three years, has become one of the nation’s top five sources of local public funding for arts and culture.

New Collaborative Adds to Arts and Culture in Ohio Communities

September 1, 2009

Hundreds of Ohio arts organizations now have access to new technology to strengthen their management capacity and evaluate impact in communities, thanks to the Ohio Cultural Data Project, a new online statewide system that launches today.

The collaborative, which features the first comprehensive information collection tool of its kind, gives organizations across the state the resources to easily report on their progress. The initiative will provide information that nonprofits need to focus on increasing access to and participation in the arts, and respond to the cultural demands of people who live across the state.

2009 Project Support Grant Awards Announced

June 9, 2009

The Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) has approved fifty-five awards totaling $825,695 for the 2009 cycle of its annual Project Support (PS) Grant program. The awards, which will support projects in locations throughout Cuyahoga County, range in value from $1,000 to $50,000. They were announced today during a meeting of the CAC board. To date, CAC has approved grants totaling $17.3 million this year bringing the total of approved funding to more than $33.5 million since CAC’s inception in April 2007.

New Trustees Appointed to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Board

April 16, 2009

CLEVELAND (April 16, 2009) – The Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners today appointed two local leaders to the five-member Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) board of trustees. Tapped to fill vacancies on the board, which governs public funding for arts and culture in Cuyahoga County, were Vickie Eaton Johnson and Sari Feldman. Feldman and Johnson are scheduled to be sworn in formally at the CAC trustees’ annual meeting on May 12, 2009. Each will serve a three-year term.

2008

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Announces 2008 Project Support Grants: Fifty-Four Cuyahoga County Organizations to Share Nearly $1 Million

June 10, 2008

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Announces 2008 Project Support Grants: Fifty-Four Cuyahoga County Organizations to Share Nearly $1 Million

The Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) has approved fifty-four grants
worth nearly $1 million for the initial cycle of its annual Project Support (PS) Grant program.
The 2008 awards, which range from $2,150 to $50,000 were announced today during a
special meeting of CAC’s five-member board.

75 Organizations Competing for PS Grants

April 18, 2008

75 Cuyahoga county-based nonprofit organizations will compete for approximately $1 million from CAC’s annual Project Support (PS) grant program through its Grant Application Panel Review to be held next week.

2007

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Issues First Grants: 68 Groups to Benefit from $15 million

November 30, 2007

Cleveland -- Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) announced today that it is awarding $15 million in General Operating Support (GOS) grants to 68 area arts and cultural organizations. These are the first grants issued by CAC, Cuyahoga County’s regional arts and culture district. The grantee organizations are from communities throughout Cuyahoga County and represent a diverse group of arts and cultural disciplines and budget sizes.

Second Arts and Culture Grant Program Launched; Workshops to be Held

October 11, 2007

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Board of Trustees announced its next grant program Tuesday, Project Support (PS). PS grants are annual matching grants awarded through a competitive process intended to support high quality arts or cultural projects or programs presented to the public in Cuyahoga County.

New Trustees Appointed to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Board

October 5, 2007

The Cuyahoga County Commissioners yesterday appointed two trustees to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture’s (CAC) board, expanding it from three members to five. The new trustees are Linda Abraham-Silver, President and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Science Center and Christopher Coburn, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations.

72 Organizations to Compete for Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) Grants; Second Grant Program Announced

September 17, 2007

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) announced today that 72 local arts and cultural organizations are eligible to compete for its initial program, a three-year General Operating Support (GOS) grant. The eligible applicants are from communities throughout Cuyahoga County and represent organizations of various arts and cultural disciplines and budget size.

CAC Releases First Grant

June 5, 2007

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today released guidelines and application forms for its General Operating Support (GOS) Grant program and announced locations for a series of grant workshops for organizations to learn about eligibility and the application process.

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Board of Trustees Appointed

March 21, 2007

CLEVELAND – The Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) tomorrow will appoint three trustees to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), the public authority that will oversee the allocation of the revenues from the 1.5-cent-per-cigarette tax passed by voters last November to support local arts and cultural organizations.