How can we best support Cuyahoga County artists? We’re listening and working to find out.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture values and supports Cuyahoga County artists. Since 2009, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $4-million for more than 150 artists in Cuyahoga County.

Call for Partners 

After a year of building relationships and learning alongside local artists, we’re looking for nonprofits in Cuyahoga County to “raise their hand” and tell us about their skills and creative ideas to help CAC to meet the diverse needs of artists in our community.

CAC seeks to partner with multiple nonprofits to support Cuyahoga County artists. Partners will receive CAC funding to provide programs, funding and support to meet the needs of Cuyahoga County artists and residents. We are looking for nonprofit partners to offer one or more of the following services/programs for artists:

  • Project-Based Funding
  • Unrestricted, Fellowship-Type Funding
  • Professional Development Support
  • Access to Physical Space
  • Connections to Institutions/Organizations

View the Call for Partners, or learn more about the opportunity:


Support for Artists Planning Team

In 2017, the Support for Artists Planning Team (SFAPT) was formed to bring community voices to the table to help identify new approaches to provide meaningful support to artists. The planning team is a group of Cuyahoga County residents – both artists and community leaders—who are contributing their expertise and time to identify approaches to provide support for artists and creative people in Cuyahoga County.

The planning team is a working collaboration among team members, residents, CAC staff, and CAC board members, Informed by you, the SFAPT will make its recommendations to CAC’s Board of Trustees by the end of the year.

View a fact sheet about the Support for Artists Planning Team.


At its February 13, 2018 meeting, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Board of Trustees approved a detailed workplan with milestones for providing support to Cuyahoga County artists in 2018 and beyond, based on the work of the Support for Artists Planning Team. 

Team Members

Donald Black Jr., artist, educator, consultant – Acerbic

Bryan Bowser, program director and assistant professor, arts management & entrepreneurship - Baldwin Wallace University

Talise Campbell, artistic director - Djapo Cultural Arts Institute

Gwen Garth, founder & ceo - Kings & Queens of Art, board member - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Mr. Soul, artist, illustrator - Mr. Soul 216

Letitia Lopez, executive director - Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Liz Maugans, co-founder, executive director - Zygote Press

Vince Robinson, co-owner, musician - Larchmere Arts

Jake Sinatra, manager - special projects & communications - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, musician

Christina Vassallo, executive director - SPACES

Marc White, regenerative specialist - Rid-All Green Partnership, fashion designer

Jordan Wong, designer, illustrator, artist - WONGFACE


December 2016 – CAC Board of Trustees Identify Key Elements for Future Artist Support

May 2017 – Support for Artists Planning Team formed by CAC

June 12, 2017 – Community Innovation Network Selected to Facilitate SFAPT

June 28, 2017 – SFAPT Kickoff and Retreat – Bi-Weekly Meetings Begin

September 16, 2017 – Public World Café for Cuyahoga County Artists Held at Rainey Institute

November 2017 – Public Town Hall Meeting 

December 2017 – SFAPT to Present Recommended Approaches to CAC Board of Trustees

Meeting Summaries

August 3

August 17

August 21

August 28

September 11

September 25

October 10

October 19


For more information or to get involved, contact Jake Sinatra at or 216.515.8303 x103. Sign up to receive periodic e-mail updates about this work.