Cleveland Public Theatre - Photo by Steve Wagner
2021 Report to the Community
We celebrate the power of arts and culture to heal, build community and make things a little brighter during challenging times, made possible by Cuyahoga County residents.
It’s not surprising that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the county’s arts and culture nonprofits and the residents they serve. Organizations funded by CAC reported more than $171 million in lost revenues from March 2020 through December 2021, impacting the employment of more than 5,000 people.
That’s why, despite CAC’s predicted declining revenue, we maintained steady funding levels and granted more than $12 million to 295 nonprofit groups in 2021.
In our annual report, you’ll see stories of how CAC’s funding helps to sustain nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Now more than ever, their work is vital. Residents flocked to outdoor spaces funded by CAC during the pandemic. Individuals sought virtual art therapy sessions to process grief associated with losing loved ones to COVID-19. Artists gave voice to the underrepresented. These are just a few examples of the power of taxpayer investment in arts and culture has on our community.