Support for Artists Planning Team Update – August 3

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 or 216-515-8303.