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 $5 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
CAC is proud to partner with nonprofit partners who provide a range of services to support the diverse needs of artists in our community in 2020:
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 in 2019 and 2020. 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. The second cohort of Learning Lab was announced in January 2020.
Cleveland Public Theatre - Premiere Fellowship
With dedicated funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, CPT launched the Premiere Fellowship for theatre artists committed to new play development. CPT recently awarded five artists who have demonstrated excellence in their craft and a commitment to new plays. Fellows will enter into a one-year contract with CPT to undertake artistic work, collaborate with CPT artists, and engage in the life of the theatre. Fellows will receive an award of $5,000 on top of standard CPT fees for work as part of the fellowship.
CPT’s 2019/2020 Premiere Fellows include Aaron Benson, Sheffia Randall Dooley, Les Hunter, Andrew Aaron Valdez, and Jimmie Woody.
Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
With support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center is offering $5,000 in support for artists in Cuyahoga County. Artists of all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply, with preference given to projects that support and celebrate the Latino/a/x & Hispanic community of Cuyahoga County.
Selected artists will also receive one-on-one support from Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center staff during their project, access to artist spaces at Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, opportunities to connect with other Cleveland artists and arts professionals, and participation in a group exhibition of work by all selected artists.
Karamu House - Room in the House Arts Residency
With generous support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Karamu House is offering 16 artist residencies in 2020 – eight (8) visual arts; eight (8) performing arts. Residencies will run April 2020 – December 2020. The goal of Room in the House is for artists to leave Karamu’s residency as more empowered, independent artists. To this end, Karamu will activate space (creative, administrative and showcase) and work with partners to provide professional development for artists looking to build their business.
Application for the fellowship is open to Cuyahoga County-based artists with demonstrated commitment to their visual arts or performance-based practice. Each selected Room in the House resident will receive a monetary stipend ($5,000) and access to space at Karamu House to create, work administratively, and exhibit/perform.
Room in the House Residents announced to date include Kaylene Abernathy, Corine Adams-Bell, Talise
Campbell, Carlton Daniel, Moises Borges De Freitas, Jacoby DuBose, Gary Galbreath and Mariama Whyte.
LAND studio - Public Art Workshops
Funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Studio to the Street is a free workshop that launched in 2019. Held over two days, the workshop gives artists resources, tips, and an inside look at the process of applying for public art projects and developing a public art proposal. The workshops feature expert advice from local artists, art administrators, and curators, an open portfolio review, and a featured visiting national public artist.
Stay tuned for 2020 Studio to the Street dates coming soon.
SPACES Urgent Art Fund
SPACES offers project-based support through The Urgent Art Fund to Cuyahoga County artists, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. This support may go toward production expenses and artist commission for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive. By designating funds specifically for such projects taking place in the public realm, we can help artists immediately engage their community in dialogue with the most pressing issues.
In addition to financial support—in the amount of 5 grants of $5,000 distributed throughout 2020—SPACES will provide access to our on-site artist workshop that is outfitted with tools and equipment to facilitate the production process. SPACES staff will also assist grantees in securing a public exhibition or display space in Cuyahoga County. Grantees will receive an annual SPACES Season Pass membership, which gives them free access to networking and artist professional development opportunities throughout the year.
The first four awardees of 2020 include Anna Tararova, Mourning [A] BLKstar Collective, Christa Ebert, and Amanda King, Dr. Munirah Bomani and Gabrielle Shipley.
Past Support for Artists Grant Recipients
- Cleveland Arts Prize - The Verge Fellowship provided a stipend to 10 artists across multiple disciplines, who represent Cleveland’s diversity in the arts. Like the Cleveland Arts Prize awards, the Verge Fellowship rewards practicing artists in the Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Dance & Theatre, Music, and Design. Meet the 2019 Verge Fellowship winners.
- Hispanic Business Center - La Villa Hispana Artist Colectivo - In 2019, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Hispanic Business Center supported art entrepreneurs with business training, advising and project funding. Hispanic Business Center awarded artist grants from $500 to $5,000 to Gilberto Peña, Carolina Borja, Marisol Ramos, Gabriel Gonzalez, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Hector Castellanos and Manny Velez. Learn more.
- Karamu House - Room in the House Residency - Karamu House residents announced in 2019 include: Lexy Lattimore, Caleb A. Wright, Amanda King, Joyce Morrow Jones, Rickey Lewis, M. Carmen Lane, Derin Fletcher, LaChanee Hipps, Chester Hopkins-Bey, LaSaundra Robinson, Ephraim Nehemiah, and Tanirah Watson. Read more.
- SPACES - Urgent Art Fund - The 2019 Urgent Art Fund recipients include Cigdem Slankard, Kevin Naughton, Rickey Lewis, Leah Lewis, Rian Brown Orso, and M. Carmen Lane.
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