Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Holds Panel Review Meetings in October to Review and Score Applications from 153 Cuyahoga County Organizations Presenting Arts and Culture Activities

Community Invited to Watch Independent Panel Score Grant Applications

CLEVELAND (September 23, 2013) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites members of the community to observe its Panel Review Meetings in October, during which arts and culture experts from around the country will review and score the applications of 153 organizations based in Cuyahoga County who have applied for funding through its Project Support grant program in 2014. More...

Esperanza: Finding Hope in Art

If you could create a piece of art to symbolize your individuality, struggles, hopes, and dreams, what would it look like? This was the challenge presented to young people participating in Esperanza's summer program. The result: A bright, boldly colored three panel ceramic mural capturing the unique characteristics of its creators while symbolizing the power of community through creativity. More...

GroundWorks DanceTheater Gets People Moving with "It's Your Move" Project

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture recently spoke with GroundWorks DanceTheater’s managing director Beth Rutowski about the dance company’s It's Your Move project.

In a nutshell, "It's Your Move" is a video project that encourages people to send a video of themselves moving. GroundWorks asks you to “move” in response or reaction to a "move" they initiate through a video prompt sent out by email, Facebook, etc . In the coming weeks, GroundWorks will send out a “move of the week” and the hope is that people will be inspired to show us their “move.” More...

Hospice of the Western Reserve recognizes Cuyahoga Arts & Culture with Community Builder Award

Cleveland (August 14, 2013) - Hospice of the Western Reserve has awarded Cuyahoga Arts & Culture with its Community Builder Award, which “recognizes an organization that provides exemplary support to Hospice of the Western Reserve’s vital role in the community.” Hospice of the Western Reserve receives funding through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Project Support grant program for its art therapy programs for the bereaved. More...

In Pictures: Esperanza's Ceramic Mural Project

This summer, local Hispanic high school students are creating a ceramic mural that depicts the educational struggles experienced by the Hispanic community, and the students' hopes and dreams for the future. The program is part of a summer experience for local Hispanic students organized by Esperanza, which includes fifteen two-hour workshops and studio time at the Beck Center in Lakewood. More...

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Receives Clean Audit for Sixth Consecutive Year

Ohio Auditor of State Finds No Deficiencies in CAC Financial Audit

CLEVELAND (June 17, 2013) – For the sixth year in a row, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s annual financial review by the Ohio Auditor of State has resulted in a clean audit report (available on the Auditor of State’s website). For its fiscal year 2012, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) was awarded the highest rating and the Auditor of State Award, which includes no findings for “recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs.” Each year since CAC was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County, it has achieved a clean audit report. More...

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Now Accepting Applications for Project Support Grants in 2014

CLEVELAND (May 15, 2013) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages nonprofit organizations offering arts and culture programming in Cuyahoga County to apply for funding through its 2014 Project Support grant program. New applicants are encouraged to attend one of three informational workshops on June 12, 17 and 18 to learn more about the Project Support grant program, and to visit cacgrants.org to learn more and apply. The Eligibility Check, the first step in the application process, is due Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by 4:30 p.m. More...

CAC Invites All Residents of Cuyahoga County to Vote for Arts and Culture Projects Through February 20

CLEVELAND (February 1, 2013) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites all residents of Cuyahoga County to vote to help decide which two new creative projects will come to life in our community. The final results from the vote will help determine how CAC will invest up to $300,000 in two large-scale arts or cultural projects through its Creative Culture Grants program. More...

CAC To Invite Residents To Vote For Arts And Culture Projects In Our Community Beginning February 1

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. More...

Arts and Culture Community Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussion with County Executive Ed FitzGerald on Nov. 20

CLEVELAND (October 19, 2012) – On Tuesday, November 20, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will co-host a free Arts and Culture Roundtable featuring Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Members of the arts and culture community, as well as members of the public and media, are invited and welcome to attend. More...

Unexpected Theater in Unexpected Places: 10 minutes with Theater Ninjas’ Jeremy Paul

Theater Ninjas is a Cleveland-based theater organization that describes itself as “architects of out-of-the-ordinary experiences.” On November 1-17, Theater Ninjas will present Marble Cities at the Ohio City Masonic Temple.

We recently spoke with Theater Ninjas’ Artistic Director Jeremy Paul about the group’s upcoming performances. Theater Ninjas received a 2012 Project Support grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for this project. More...

CAC to Hold Panel Review Meetings in October to Review and Score Applications from 189 Cuyahoga County Arts and Cultural Organizations

Community Invited to Watch Independent Panel Score Grant Applications

CLEVELAND (September 21, 2012) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites members of the community to observe its Panel Review meetings in October, during which arts and culture experts from around the country will review and score the applications of 189 arts and culture organizations based in Cuyahoga County who have applied for CAC funding in 2013. More...

Sari Feldman and Victoria Eaton Johnson Reappointed to CAC’s Board

CLEVELAND (June 20, 2012) – Sari Feldman and Victoria Eaton Johnson were sworn in at CAC’s board meeting on June 18 to continue their service on Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s (CAC’s) five-member Board of Trustees. Both have served on CAC’s Board since 2009 and will continue their service for a second three-year term. Ms. Feldman and Ms. Johnson were nominated for reappointment by County Executive Ed FitzGerald, confirmed for reappointment by the Cuyahoga County Council on May 22, and formally sworn in on June 18. More...

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Receives Clean Audit for Fifth Consecutive Year

Ohio Auditor of State Finds No Deficiencies in CAC Financial Audit

CLEVELAND (June 11, 2012) – For the fifth year in a row, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC)’s annual financial review by the Ohio Auditor of State has resulted in a clean audit report (available on the Auditor of State’s website). For its fiscal year 2011, CAC was awarded the highest rating and the Auditor of State Award, which includes “no findings for recovery, significant deficiencies or comments in its management letter.” Each year since CAC was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County, it has achieved a clean audit report. More...

Arts and Culture Community Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussion with Eric Gordon on June 1

CLEVELAND (May 22, 2012) – On Friday, June 1, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will co-host a free Arts and Culture Roundtable featuring Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Members of the arts and culture community, as well as members of the public and media, are invited and welcome to attend. More...

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Now Accepting Applications for Grants in 2013

CAC to hold grant workshops for new applicants of its Project Support grant program on June 5, 7, and 13

CLEVELAND (May 15, 2012) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages nonprofit organizations offering arts and culture programming in Cuyahoga County to apply for its 2013 grant programs. New applicants are encouraged to attend one of three informational workshops on June 5, 7, or 13, to learn more about its Project Support grant program, and to visit www.cacgrants.org to learn more and apply. More...

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Releases New Data Outlining Broad Impact of CAC Funds on Arts and Culture Sector in Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND (April 9, 2012) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today announced new data outlining the broad impact of CAC funds on Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector. The data are part of CAC’s Report to the Community, which was released at its annual meeting, attended by board members, staff, and members of the community, this afternoon at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare. A PDF of the Report to the Community is available at www.cacgrants.org/impact/report-to-the-community/. More...

PBS Airs Documentary Featuring CAC

Cleveland (November 22, 2011) - PBS recently aired the mini-documentary Artistic Choice: Preserving a Legacy in Cleveland. This 16-minute film explores our innovative arts funding structure in Cuyahoga County and was produced locally by WVIZ/PBS ideastream. More...

CAC Announces 2012 Project Support Grants

Cleveland (November 14, 2011) - The Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) has approved 88 grants, totaling $1,029,164 for the 2012 Project Support cycle. The awards include traditional PS I grants and the new Project Support II, a small grant program that provides awards of up to $5000. Grants range in value from $625 to $49,333. CAC’s Board of Trustees met Monday, November 14th at 4pm to approve the awards. More...

Record Number of Applicants for 2012 Project Support Program

Cleveland (November 1, 2011) - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture convened its fourth panel review of Project Support grant applications in public sessions Monday, October 17th-Wednesday, October 19th, 2011. The 100 applicants came from a wide range of Cuyahoga County-based organizations, large and small, suburban and urban. This was a 30% increase in applications, and 33 organizations applied for the first time. New this is year is a small grant program, Project Support II, which attracted 49 applicants for grants up to $5,000. 51 organizations applied to the traditional Project Support program which provides grants up to $50,000. More...

CAC Receives Clean Audit for Fourth Consecutive Year: Ohio Auditor of State Finds No Deficiencies in CAC Financial Audit

Cleveland (June 9, 2011) - For the fourth year in a row, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s annual financial review by auditors from the State of Ohio has resulted in an "unqualified opinion," which is the cleanest possible audit they award. Every year since CAC was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County, it has achieved this level of audit findings, with no comments or deficiencies. “This is great news from our perspective,” said CAC Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills. “It demonstrates to the taxpayers of this county that we are efficient and effective stewards of the public dollars that we manage.” More...

CAC Opens Project Support Grant Program for 2012 Cycle: Local Nonprofits Can Seek Up to $50K for Arts & Culture Projects

Cleveland (May 10, 2011) - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio’s largest public funder of arts and culture programming, has posted the guidelines for its 2012 Project Support (PS) grant program, and invites all Cuyahoga County-based 501(c)3 nonprofits to submit an “intent to apply.” Grants of up to $50,000 are available for arts and culture focused projects that will take place during the 2012 calendar year. More...

CAC Trustees Elect 2011 Slate of Officers at Annual Meeting: Sari Feldman to Helm Ohio’s Largest Public Funder of Arts & Culture

Cleveland (April 4, 2011) - At its annual meeting on April 4, the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees elected officers for 2011-12. Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) Executive Director Sari Feldman was unanimously elected board president, succeeding CAC’s founding board president Steven Minter, Executive-In-Residence at Cleveland State University. More...

CAC Board Approves $16.8 Million Budget for 2011

Cleveland (December 16, 2010) - The board of trustees for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has approved a budget of $16.8 million for 2011. Approximately $15.8 million of that budget will be allocated to CAC’s grant programs for local arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County, while the remainder will be used for administration and special projects. More...

CAC Welcomes New Director of Grant Programs

Cleveland (December 16, 2010) - CAC is very pleased to welcome Jill Paulsen as the new Director of Grant Programs. She will oversee CAC’s General Operating Support and Project Support grant programs, and will help CAC explore creative and innovative options for maximizing its investment of public funding in the arts and culture sector.

Jill comes to CAC from the Cleveland Foundation, where she served as a program officer, overseeing a portfolio of nearly $18 million for more than 75 grantees representing organizations across a range of sectors, including arts and culture, economic development, education, and health and human services. She also led the statewide nonprofit mobilization efforts for the 2010 Census, and served as vice-chair for the Collaborative for School-Aged Comprehensive Health Initiative, which supports the nation’s first K-12 comprehensive health program.

Jill has her Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and her Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. She is also a graduate of the Diversity Center’s Lead Diversity and the YWCA women’s executive leadership programs. Jill currently sits on the advisory boards of Case Women’s Center and is a volunteer for the youth poetry-soccer program America Scores - Cleveland.

Jill’s first day in her new position will be January 18, 2011.

Forum Attendees Share Opinions on CAC Spending Plans: County Residents Turn Out to Help Inform Plan for Future Spending

Cleveland (December 6, 2010) - At two public forums held in mid-November, nearly 50 individuals turned out to learn more about a proposed spending policy for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and to share their opinions for prioritizing the agency’s allocation of grant funding. Attendees at both meetings included representatives from current and former CAC grantees, as well as interested members of the public and of the arts and culture community. The first meeting was held at the Lakewood Public Library on Nov. 15 and the second meeting took place at the Shaker Heights Public Library on Nov. 17. More...

Public Input Sought on How to Spend Millions in Arts Grants: Two Public Forums Offer an Opportunity to Help Shape Spending Policy

Cleveland (November 10, 2010) - In just four short years since its founding, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has distributed nearly $50 million in public funds for arts and cultural programming in Cuyahoga County. Founded after the passage of “Issue 18” in 2006, CAC has proven itself as an effective funding agency, and now it will explore new ways to ensure it is making the most significant impact with its annual investment of nearly $15 million. More...