Video: Karen Gahl-Mills Reports on "The State of Our Arts" for 2011

On March 30, 2011, more than 150 people turned out to the City Club of Cleveland to hear CAC Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills address "The State of Our Arts" in Cuyahoga County.

In 2006, voters enacted a 10-year tobacco tax specifically to support nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Cuyahoga County.

“County residents created Ohio’s largest source of dedicated public funding for the arts, and one of the largest in the entire U.S.,” said Gahl-Mills. “While that in itself is something to be proud of, it’s important to look at what this investment of public funds has accomplished, and whether it’s living up to the promises made to county residents.

“We now have two full years of data collected from our grantee partners, and they demonstrate that this public investment in our arts and culture sector is making an important difference,” said Gahl-Mills. “As a public agency, it is incumbent upon us be open, transparent and to let our county’s residents know how their money is being used, and what impact it is having. I’m pleased to say that I think they will like what we have found.”

A link to video of that address is available on YouTube via the link below.

3/30/2011 - The State of Our Arts