December Board Meeting Recap

If you couldn’t attend our November Board of Trustees meeting, here’s what you missed: 

2018 Budget Approved
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees approved the 2018 operating budget. Given declining revenues, the approved budget reflects a $100,000 decrease (nearly 7%) in 2018 non-grant budget items. For 2018, appropriations on arts and cultural programs accounts for 95.2% of the budget.

Support for Artists Recommendations Received
The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to formally receive the Support for Artist Planning Team recommendations on how CAC can provide meaningful support to artists in the future. Planning Team Members Vince Robinson, Bryan Bowser and Gwen Garth presented on the process, the findings and the recommendations. The Board charged the staff to develop a work plan to implement the recommendations and to provide an update at the February 13, 2018 Board meeting. The 2018 operating budget includes $400,000 to support this work in 2018, and staff intends to develop programs in response to the recommendations that gets funding to Cuyahoga County artists in 2018. The recommendations are a culmination of six months of planning/research, 75 hours of meetings and two public forums by a team of local artists and residents.

Public Forum Save the Date
In response to community feedback, the Board announced it would hold a regular series of community meetings throughout 2018 at locations around Cuyahoga County. The meetings will allow for dialogue between the board and the community, will create a more consistent feedback loop, and will offer a mechanism to share ideas and talents. The first meeting will be held on January 31, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cuyahoga Community College’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center, which is accessible by public transportation and has ample free parking. The January session will focus on how CAC makes our program allocation decisions. 

Tom Schorgl Recognized
The Board presented a resolution of appreciation for Tom Schorgl, who is retiring from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and was integral in the formation of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. We wish Tom the best in his retirement!

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five members who serve rotating three-year terms without compensation.  Board members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by County Council.  All meetings are open to the public, and members of the community are welcome to attend. 

Learn more about Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees and view a schedule of upcoming meetings at

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $170 million in 375 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit