Arts & Culture is committed to supporting artists in Cuyahoga County. At
our November board meeting, we proposed a new direction for supporting
individual artists in 2017.
UPDATE: There will be no vote or board
action on individual artist support at the December
this time, we have no proposal for a fellowship program from National Arts
In the last
few days, National Arts Strategies, a potential partner for delivering
fellowship support to Cuyahoga County artists, notified us that they are not comfortable
submitting a proposal at this time.
NAS wants to
ensure its work can be positive and productive, and, given the disagreements
that have surfaced in the community, they have decided to step back. We are
disappointed by the decision, but respect it. This decision has nothing to do
with their confidence in the program they were to bring to Cuyahoga County.
the meantime, we are moving forward to identify a new way to provide support
for individual artists that aligns with our mission to strengthen and inspire
the community. Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to get money into
the hands of artists as early as we had planned in 2017. The comprehensive,
mission-aligned program we seek cannot be built in a few weeks and currently
does not exist in Cuyahoga County.
Arts & Culture—both board and staff—remains committed to supporting
individual artists. We will
keep you updated as we work through the process to find just the right program
for the community and will provide ample opportunities to provide feedback to
Creative Workforce Fellowship ends December 31, 2016.
the work of the 161 artists who have received support through the Creative
Workforce Fellowship. We also say thank you to the Community Partnership for
Arts and Culture for their work in administering the program. The program ends
on December 31, 2016.
the CWF for eight years, but we have not been able to work together with CPAC
to adjust the program design to better reflect our mission of strengthening the
community though investments in arts and culture like we have in our other
continue to provide substantive support to CPAC. In 2017, in addition to a
$92,515 operating support grant, CAC staff will recommend a $60,000 grant to
CPAC to support them in this time of transition, providing 14 months’ notice of
the end of the CWF program.
commitment to supporting artists in Cuyahoga County does not change.
As a public funder, it’s our responsibility to steward public dollars in a way that
best serves all Cuyahoga County residents.
We will continue to develop a new approach to support artists in a way
that provides flexible, meaningful dollars, while opening up a program to
different types of artists and making a larger impact on our community.
We understand that some artists are opposed to the change in direction
that we discussed at the November board meeting. We have also heard from many
artists and organizations who support this new approach to our individual
artist funding. We are taking all input under careful consideration and will
continue to work to strike a balance that meets our organizational objectives and
the needs of artists in the community.
Again, there will be no action or vote on this matter before our board in December. Our board will briefly discuss our new
direction for individual artist funding at its meeting
on December 12.
As always, Board meetings are open to the public, and the opportunity
to make public
comment is available. Please direct comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us.