CAC To Invite Residents To Vote For Arts And Culture Projects In Our Community Beginning February 1 24. January 2013 Staff News Release Voting Details and Finalists Announced CLEVELAND (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. View the six projects on which residents will vote. “We launched this program to both bring new, creative projects to our community and to let our community have a say in which projects would receive public funds,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s executive director. “The six finalist projects embody the great creativity of our region’s arts and culture organizations and artists, and we encourage all County residents to get involved in the public vote, which begins on February 1.” Arts and culture organizations based in Cuyahoga County proposed many creative and diverse projects that have been narrowed down to the top six by an independent panel of arts and culture experts. The public vote will help decide which two projects will be funded. Residents in Cuyahoga County will be able to vote on which projects they want to see happen in our community beginning February 1. In order to be eligible to vote, individuals must be of at least 13 years of age and reside in Cuyahoga County. Residents will be able to vote in two ways: Online until February 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The link to the online voting site will go live at http://www.cacgrants.org/vote on February 1. By mail until February 15 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Paper ballots will be available for download at http://www.cacgrants.org/grant-programs/creative-culture-grants/ beginning February 1, or by calling (216) 515-8303. Paper ballots must be delivered in person or by U.S. mail to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s offices (1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 407, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115) by February 15 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees is expected to approve and announce the winning projects during its regular meeting which begins at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, and the projects will take place between March 2013 and August 2014. For more details about the grant program, and to view the complete program rules, visit http://www.cacgrants.org/grant-programs/creative-culture-grants/. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. CAC was approved by Cuyahoga County voters in 2006, and since 2007, CAC has invested more than $95 million dollars in more than 208 local arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. 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. For more information about CAC, please visit www.cacgrants.org.