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CAC Announces Commitment of Nearly $29 Million in Grants to 175 Arts and Culture Organizations in Cuyahoga County

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CLEVELAND (November 19, 2012) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today announced that it will invest $28,959,218 in grants to 175 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County. The grant award amounts (see links below) were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its meeting and celebration event today at MOCA Cleveland.

“In 2006, the residents of Cuyahoga County expressed great pride and extraordinary support for our county’s arts and cultural heritage by approving a dedicated source of public funds to support creative activity in our community,” said Sari Feldman, President of CAC’s Board of Trustees. “Cuyahoga Arts & Culture continues to invest these public dollars to work in our community to support arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and to help strengthen an arts and cultural ecosystem that is a key asset to our regional economy.”

CAC made the grants through its two primary grant programs, 2013-14 General Operating Support and 2013 Project Support. CAC’s Board of Trustees approved $27,400,000 in grants over two years to 57 organizations through the 2013-14 General Operating Support program, with $13,700,000 approved for 2013. The General Operating Support program provides two years of unrestricted, core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.

CAC’s Board of Trustees approved $1,559,218 in grants to 118 organizations through the 2013 Project Support program. The Project Support program supports projects that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community.

“On behalf of all County residents, this year, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will fund more arts and culture programs for more people in more places than ever before,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CAC’s Executive Director. “I want to congratulate each of the 175 organizations CAC is funding in 2013, and we look forward to partnering with them in the coming months to benefit the community.”

In October 2013, CAC convened panels of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio to evaluate and score each of the applications to its 2013-14 General Operating Support and 2013 Project Support grant programs.

CAC’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture in Cuyahoga County. CAC was approved by Cuyahoga County voters in 2006, and since 2007, CAC has invested more than $95 million dollars in more than 208 local arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. CAC’s vision for its first ten years of public funding for arts and culture is to help build stronger, more resilient arts and culture organizations, create vibrant and energetic neighborhoods infused with culture, and establish Cuyahoga County as a hub of creative activity and a destination for artists.

Please view the grant award amounts:

2013 Project Support I
2013 Project Support II
2013-14 General Operating Support

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