Strengthening Community by Supporting Arts & Culture

Energetic neighborhoods. Stronger arts and cultural organizations. A creative hub and destination for artists.

Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. Since then, we’ve invested more than $140 million to deliver on the promise we made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county. 

In November 2015, Cuyahoga County voters said “yes” to Issue 8, the penny-and-a-half tax and sole revenue source for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. The renewed tax, which was set to expire in January, 2017, will provide us ten additional years to invest in the local arts and culture sector. CAC is looking toward the next decade and dedicated to continuing its mission.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is a strong steward of the public's money, investing more than $15 million annually in organizations that bring arts and culture to life in our communities. Each year we support tens of thousands of arts and culture programs and events that enhance education, enrich quality of life and support the local economy.


Pipes and Drums

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. 

CAC’s vision for its first ten years of public funding for arts and culture is to help build stronger, more resilient arts and culture organizations, create vibrant and energetic neighborhoods infused with culture, and establish Cuyahoga County as a hub of creative activity and a destination for artists.

At Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, we take our responsibility as stewards of these dollars seriously. To that end, CAC:

  • spends public funds in line with its guiding principles: accountability, impartiality, transparency, and partnership.

  • consistently receives the highest audit rating from the State of Ohio, with no audit findings or comments. In addition to receiving a clean audit report each year since its inception, CAC was awarded the highest audit rating and the Auditor of State Award for fiscal year 2015; a link to CAC’s most recent audit is available online.

  • ensures that grant recipients demonstrate how their organization or program will benefit the community; and ensures that grant dollars are accounted for in regular progress reports.

  • constantly improves grant-making processes and procedures to ensure that they are fair, consistent, objective, and conducted in public.