Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invests in nonprofits that support and celebrate local artists.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture values and supports Cuyahoga County artists. Since 2009, CAC has invested more than $4-million in programs that support hundreds of artists in Cuyahoga County. 

Through CAC’s Support for Artists grant program, we work through nonprofit partners to deliver support and services to creatives, scientists, and makers. In this program, we strive to provide:

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

Learn more about CAC's history of support for artists.

Opportunities for Artists 

We invite you to visit to view or join our directory of artists, post a portfolio or upcoming event, and to view current jobs and calls for artists.

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Support for Artists Partners

CAC is proud to partner with nonprofit partners who provide a range of services to support the diverse needs of artists in our community.


Center for Performance and Civic Practice

CAC has partnered with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) to bring its Learning Lab program to Cuyahoga County. This professional development training and project-based funding program imparts new skills in a collaborative atmosphere. After three full days of learning, 12 local artists and nonprofits have the opportunity to access funding to bring a civic practice project—based on the skills learned in the Learning Lab—to life in the community. Learn more about the program and participants.

Cleveland Arts Prize

With CAC investment, Cleveland Arts Prize will expand its Verge fellowship to provide awards of at least $2,500 to at least five Verge artists; this sponsorship-grant builds on a program funded by the Cleveland Foundation.


Cleveland Public Theatre Premiere Fellowship

Through this program, five Cuyahoga County-based theater artists (a playwright, a director, an actor and two designers) will each receive a cash award, fees for their work, mentorship, professional development and access to space, equipment and other CPT assets related to the development and implementation of their Fellowship. This program will be available in 2019.


Hispanic Business Center La Villa Hispana Artist Colectivo

With CAC support, the Hispanic Business Center will host four bilingual Art Entrepreneur sessions. Artists attending these sessions and meeting with a business advisor, provided through this program, will be invited to participate in a pop-up market. Up to six project grants will also be available to artists who participate in the directory and attend all of the training sessions. This program will take place in 2019.


Karamu House Visual and Performing Artist Residencies

Through this program, eight visual artists and four performing artists will be in residence at Karamu House. Visual Artists will be given studio space and participate in an exhibition of work created by all resident artists. Performing Artists will also be given rehearsal space, access to Karamu’s production team, and will present their work to the public. Karamu will also provide shared office space to resident and community artists.


LAND studio Public Art Workshops

A series of four, full-day workshops on public art hosted at various locations throughout the City of Cleveland. Artists attending and leading the sessions will be compensated and lunch will be provided. LAND studio will tailor later sessions to incorporate feedback from artist participants. This program will take place in 2019.


SPACES Urgent Art Fund

Five Cuyahoga County artists will be able to apply for awards and resources, including space, tools and professional development opportunities; to create new art that is socially, politically or culturally responsive. If necessary, SPACES will also help artist participants secure a location to display their work. This program will take place in 2019.


Our Artist Network Leaders


To deepen our connections with artists, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture partners with local leaders and innovators in the arts and cultural community to reach out and connect with more artists and organizations in the County. CAC’s “Artist Network Leaders” were selected through an application process. CAC considered those who identified as artists or creative persons and who were interested in working as ambassadors for the agency.

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