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 2022:
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.
The 2022 Unidos Por El Arte selected artists are Sara Guitierrez, Jhon Anderson Villegas Hernandez, Mariela Paz, Carolina Borja, Dontae Hill, Jae Cancel, Raquel Ortiz, Jean Paul Hernandez, Jessica Huerta, and Eli B. Fuentes Aguirre.
Karamu House - Room in the House Arts Residency
With support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Karamu House is offering 16 artist residencies in 2022 – eight (8) visual arts; eight (8) performing arts. 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 will soon be 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.
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 12 grants of $4,000 distributed throughout 2022—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.
2022 Urgent Art Fund recipients include Alice Blumenfeld/ABREPASO flamenco (The Soleá Project),
Jing Lauengco/OTHER BROWN GIRL + Jess Williams (OTHER BROWN GIRL - Digital Storytelling In The New Now),
Shari Wilkins + Ruddy Roye (Playing The Devil’s Music), and Cassandra Harner (Peek-a-Booth)/
Past Support for Artists Grant Recipients
- Center for Performance and Civic Practice - CPCP's Learning Lab, supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, provided more than 50 Cuyahoga County artists and nonprofit leaders with three full days of collaborative learning between 2018-2021. Working in nonprofit-artist pairs, each team was awarded $7,500, with at least $5,000 going to the artist, to carry out civic practice projects based on the skills learned in the Lab.
- 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.
- Cleveland Public Theatre - Premiere Fellowship - CPT’s 2019/2020 Premiere Fellows include Aaron Benson, Sheffia Randall Dooley, Les Hunter, Andrew Aaron Valdez, and Jimmie Woody. The 2020/2021 Premiere Fellows include Ananias J Dixon, Nina Domingue, Siaara Freeman, and Toby Vera Bercovici.
- 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.
- Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center - Unidos Por El Arte - The 2020 Unidos Por El Arte selected artists are Gabriel Gonzalez, Cesar Santa Maria, Julia Sosa, Andrew Aaron Valdez, Devin Hinzo, and Lynette Ramos. 2021 Unidos Por El Arte artists include Alicia Vasquez, Stephanie Ginese, Carlos Cruz, Bridgett Martinez, Arcelia Gandarilla, Manny Santiago, Elisa Clark, Higo Gabarron, Nathalie Bermudez, and Moises Borges.
- 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. The 2020 residents include Kaylene Abernathy, Corine Adams-Bell, Talise Campbell, Carlton Daniel, Moises Borges De Freitas, Jacoby DuBose, Gary Galbreath and Mariama Whyte. Read more.
- LAND studio - Funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Studio to the Street is a free workshop that launched in 2019 through a pair of two-day, in-person workshops designed to give artists an inside look at the public art process. In 2020-2021, LAND studio presented virtual artist studio tours, panel discussions on public art-related topics, and information about some of the resources available locally to artists and other makers.
- 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. The 2020 Urgent Art Fund recipients include Anna Tararova, Mourning [A] BLKstar Collective, Christa Ebert, and Amanda King, Dr. Munirah Bomani and Gabrielle Shipley. The 2021 Urgent Art Fund recipients include Robert Bray (The Joy Exhibit), Kenyatta Crisp (The I.C.A.R.Y. Project/Impactful Changes for At Risk Youuh), Gwendolyn Garth (Confronting Darkness and Defying Stereotypes), Dale A. Goode (City Art, Beautification), Scott Goss (Altered Reality;), Sharon Hughes (Mothers in Black and White), Ephraim Nehemiah (The Autobiography of Absence: Visual Experience), Mary Kay Thomas (U and I of Euclid Ave), Ceira West (HerStory), and Aaron Williams (Aawful Art Experience).
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