The Public Benefits and Value of Arts & Culture

What Have We Learned and Why Does it Matter?


Cuyahoga Arts & Culture commissioned Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative and Nick Rabkin of reMaking Culture to better understand how its cultural partners (grant recipients) generate value for the public, and how those benefits are distributed and perceived by residents of the county.  CAC asked them to help answer the following questions:

  • How do CAC's partners create public benefits and who are the beneficiaries?
  • Are the partners' and the public's understanding of the value of arts and culture aligned, or do they differ?
  • How do local policymakers and other grantmakers understand the public value of arts and culture?
  • Can public value and benefits be enhanced by CAC and its partners?

Read the report

The findings of this report were presented at the Grantmakers in the Arts conference on October 13, 2014 and the League of American Orchestras conference on May 29, 2015. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture looks forward to building off this important work in the coming months.