Updates from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's December 11 Board of Trustees Meeting

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Idea Center in Cleveland. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend.

Support for Artists
The Board approved grants to nonprofit partners that will provide artists with professional development, project-based and flexible monetary support, and access to physical spaces in early 2019. The nonprofit partners were chosen with the help of CAC’s Artist Network Leaders.

Specifically, the Board approved:

  • Karamu House – a grant of $95,000 for eight visual artist and four performing artist residencies. Visual artists will be given studio space and participate in an exhibition of work created by all resident artists. Performing artists will also be given rehearsal space, access to Karamu’s production team, and will present their work to the public. Karamu will also provide shared office space to resident and community artists.
  • Cleveland Arts Prize – a grant of up to $15,000 to expand its Verge fellowship for emerging artists and provide awards to at least five Verge artists.
Four additional grants were approved at the Board’s November meeting, bringing CAC’s total 2018-2019 investment to nearly $400,000. Read more about the new partnerships to support artists.

2019 Operating Budget
The Board approved Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s agency-wide budget for 2019 in the amount of $14,550,000. The vast majority of CAC’s 2019 expenses have been committed to grants and grant programs approved by the Board at its November meeting. The budget enables CAC to provide financial and technical support to more than 280 arts and culture organizations in 2019.

Executive Director Search: CAC Trustee Gary Hanson updated the Board on the executive director search process. In October, more than 50 CAC stakeholders, including current and former trustees and CAC-funded organizations, offered input into qualities desired in CAC’s next leader. Trustee Hanson reported that a job description was posted publicly on November 30 and the search process is on pace to have a new executive director named in the spring.

If you are interested in providing input into the search process, please contact Arts Consulting Group (ACG) search lead Bruce Thibodeau at bdthibodeau@ArtsConsulting.com.

How can you stay informed?
The news section on our website and our e-newsletters are the best ways to keep on top of what’s happening at CAC. 

Our next Board of Trustees Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Learn more about Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees and view a schedule of upcoming meetings at cacgrants.org/about-us/board.