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
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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. The second Learning Lab program will begin in fall 2019.
Cleveland Arts Prize
The Verge Fellowship provides a stipend to 5-10 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. 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
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.
Hispanic Business Center - La Villa Hispana Artist Colectivo
In partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Hispanic Business Center is supporting art entrepreneurs with business training, advising and project funding. Hispanic Business Center is making individual artist grants from $500 to $5,000.
This initiative is an opportunity to support projects that create engaging public works of art that celebrate the vibrancy of Cleveland’s rich cultural diversity. Applicants from all artistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply for project support funding. We are looking to fund artist projects that are innovative, engaging, thought-provoking and public-facing.
Karamu House - Room in the House Arts Residency
With generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Karamu House will offer 12 artist-focused residencies in 2019 – eight (8) visual arts; four (4) performing arts. The residency period is March 2019 – December 2019. 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 creative and administrative spaces, provide technical support to performing artists and exhibition space for visual artists, and through partnership with Gordon Square Arts District - professional development for artists looking to build their business.
Application for the fellowship is open to Cleveland-based artists with demonstrated excellence in and commitment to their visual arts or performance-based work. Each selected Room in the House resident will receive a monetary stipend ($5,000 – visual; $3,000 – performing), and access for eight weeks to space at Karamu House to create, work administratively, and show/perform.
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. Additional details forthcoming.
SPACES Urgent Art Fund
SPACES offers project-based support through The Urgent Art Fund to Cuyahoga County artists, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & 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 about the day’s most pressing issues.
In addition to financial support—in the amount of 5 grants of $5,000 distributed throughout 2019—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 2019 Urgent Art Fund recipients include Cigdem Slankard, Kevin Naughton, Rickey Lewis, Leah Lewis & Rian Brown Orso.
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