The Support for Artists Planning Team (SFAPT) has been hard
at work during the summer months, holding a kickoff retreat on June 28-29 and
its first two working meetings on July 20 and August 3. The group (see the full
list of participants)
began with a full day racial equity training, led by Erica Merritt (who served
as a facilitator for CAC’s Cuyahoga
Voices & Vision focus groups last summer), and continues to meet every
other week to fulfill its charge to recommend new approaches to support
individual artists. A meeting update will be posted after each meeting:
On Thursday, August 3rd the Support for Artists Planning
Team met at the Idea Center (1375 Euclid Avenue) for their second working session.
During their time together, the team worked in small groups to discuss the
diverse needs of all of Cuyahoga County’s artists, the vision of future support
for individual artists in Cuyahoga County, and a timeline for completing their
work. Planning Team members discussed ensuring the timeline included
enough time for community engagement and the exploration of national models and
best practices for public support to individual artists before developing their
recommended approaches for supporting artists. The Planning Team is still
working on defining the needs of artists in Cuyahoga County and a vision to
support those needs, and are working toward finalizing recommendations.
The next meeting is scheduled
for August 17, 2017. Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-515-8303.