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Two Trustees Appointed to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board

Photo Credit: Bob Perkowski

CLEVELAND (April 18, 2016) – Mark E. Avsec and Gwendolyn Garth have been appointed by County Executive Armond Budish to serve on the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) Board of Trustees.

Mr. Avsec of Broadview Heights, a partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, and a GRAMMY-nominated musician, has been appointed to a new term commencing April 1, 2016 and ending March 31, 2019. Ms. Garth of Cleveland, a community activist and artist with Kings & Queens of Art, has been appointed to fill former board member Eliza Wing’s unexpired term through March 31, 2017.

Mr. Avsec said he believes arts and culture are important economic drivers for a community. “Serving on this board enables me to do necessary and meaningful work for the Northeast Ohio community and allows me to leverage my skillsets as an artist, musician and lawyer,” he said.

Ms. Garth said her service on the board is a natural extension of the work she already does in the community. “I feel that serving on this board is a wonderful way for me to support arts and culture, a cause that I care about, and to help ensure equity in the arts sector,” she said.

Joseph P. Gibbons, CAC board president, welcomed the county’s two nominations to the board. “Mark and Gwen’s perspective as both artists and businesspeople will be an asset to all of the cultural partners we serve and comes at an opportune time as CAC moves forward with our organizational planning process,” he said.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five members who serve rotating three-year terms without compensation. Board members are appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive and confirmed by Cuyahoga County Council. All meetings are open to the public, and members of the community are welcome to attend.

Learn more about Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees and view a schedule of upcoming meetings at

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. In 2015, the community affirmed its commitment to arts and culture by extending the tax through 2027. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $140 million in more than 300 organizations to deliver on the promise made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county. For more information, visit

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