Updates from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's September 12 Board of Trustees Meeting

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at SPACES in Cleveland. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend.

Executive Director Search: Arts Consulting Group (ACG) of Boston was present to give an overview of its qualifications and its process for conducting CAC’s executive director search. ACG was hired by the board at a meeting in August. ACG reported it will offer opportunities for CAC constituents to weigh in on important characteristics for the next executive director in late October; details will be announced when available.

Trustee Gary Hanson will act as a board liaison to ACG, leading a search team of community members who will weigh in on the search process.

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

Support for Artists: The Board authorized CAC staff to move forward with developing programs for artist support with six non-profit partners. SPACES, LAND studio, Hispanic Business Center, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will offer professional development, project support, monetary support, and access to physical spaces in early 2019. The nonprofit partners were chosen with the help of CAC’s Artist Network Leaders.

Additionally, the Board approved funding for artist stipends as part of an artist fellowship with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, which will bring a program similar to its Learning Lab to Cuyahoga County. At the April 2018 meeting, the Board authorized the staff to move forward with CPCP to pilot a program for collaborative learning where artists and civic partners (community, nonprofit) may conceive and execute an arts-based project as a result of their partnership. The program will kick off with an information session on October 11, 2018, with details forthcoming.

Looking Ahead

We will announce our 2019 grants (continuing 2nd year operating support grants to 61 organizations totaling $10.2m and likely over 200 additional organizations who will receive annual project support grants totaling up to $1.9M) at our November 13, 2018 meeting.

How can you stay informed?

Our blog and e-newsletters are the best ways to keep on top of what’s happening at CAC. Board meetings are always open to the public. Learn more about Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees and view a schedule of upcoming meetings.