CUYAHOGA ARTS & CULTURE : 2015 REPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION, CREATIVITY & COMMUNITY

DYNAMIC NEIGHBORHOODS. STRONG CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS. A DESTINATION FOR ARTISTS.

DEAR RESIDENTS OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY,
When we think of all of the attributes that make our community an attractive place to work, live and visit, our arts and culture scene surely tops the list. Arts and culture experiences help us form connections to people, places and things, and they help us define who we are, what we want to be, what we value, and what memories we want to create for future generations.

For more than 100 years, our community has made commitments to ensure we all can plug into arts and culture in ways that feel comfortable to us – or push us out of our comfort zones. One of the largest collective commitments to arts in our community is through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC). Since 2008, CAC has supported more than 300 organizations with $140 million in tax dollars. In November 2015, voters renewed that support for an additional 10 years —but our work isn’t done. As we move forward, we will focus our work on listening to residents throughout Cuyahoga County.
We need to better understand how residents connect with arts and culture so that we can determine the best way to serve you. Our connection to the community and to each other through arts and culture is undeniable, as you will see in the stories on the following pages. Through your support, we are able to continue our support of arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County so they can help individuals reconnect with their pasts, reimagine their futures, discover something new about themselves, and make the community a better place for all of us.

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It was an all-out amazing journey – I never thought a museum would be like this.

— Ata Farah | Cleveland —
READ ATA'S STORY AND OTHERS

ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY : CREATIVE LEARNING

Funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture supports education and learning opportunities for all ages. From field trips to museums to student programming and distance learning at senior centers, CAC helps connect Cuyahoga County residents with programs that offer education for everyone.
1478000
CHILDREN served by CAC-
supported programming
19426
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
offered throughout the county
647.7
INTERNSHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS
made possible through CAC support
366192
RESIDENTS attended classes and
workshops in Cuyahoga County

Stories from the Community

Hear the voices of arts and culture in Cuyahoga County. Select a story below.

CREATIVITY IMPACTS OUR COMMUNITY

These stories join those of the 194 organizations based in Cuyahoga County that CAC funded in 2015. Those groups offered programs in nearly every community – in more than 1,200 unique locations – helping to ensure that all residents have access to arts and culture close to home.

Art makes your life so much brighter and bigger – it connects you to your past.

— Vera Yudovina | Solon —
READ VERA'S STORY AND OTHERS

ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY : ENRICHING LIVES

Each year, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture connects residents to tens of thousands of events and programs that take place throughout Cuyahoga County. These offerings enrich our quality of life by bringing people together to celebrate the things that make Cuyahoga County a unique place to live.
For all the latest, visit ClevelandArtsEvents.com.
6866305
PEOPLE SERVED by CAC-
funded organizations
926624
MORE RESIDENTS & VISITORS
reached than in the previous year
50
PERCENT FREE ADMISSION or more
for programming supported by CAC
25000
VOLUNTEERS donated their time to
help connect people with the arts

Cultural Partners

In 2016, CAC is funding 210 organizations based in Cuyahoga County.

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Arts Services

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Foundation for New Creative Projects
ICA – Art Conservation
Northeast Shores Development Corp.

Dance

DANCECleveland
Dancing Wheels
DuffyLit
GroundWorks DanceTheater
Inlet Dance Theatre
MorrisonDance
Verb Ballets

Education

America SCORES Cleveland
Art House
Art Therapy Studio
Artistic By Design Center
Baldwin Wallace University
BAYarts
Beck Center for the Arts
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland
Broadway School of Music and the Arts
Brooklyn Heights Service Clubs
Building Bridges
Campus District, Inc.
Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic Charities, Fatima Center
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Chagrin Arts
Chagrin Valley Rec Center
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
City Ballet of Cleveland
Cleveland Comedy Festival
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland Leadership Center
Cleveland Print Room
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Cleveland Treatment Center
Cleveland UMADAOP
Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio
Eliza Bryant Village
Famicos Foundation
Family Connections
Foluke Cultural Arts Center
Golden Ciphers
Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Jewish Family Service Association
Jones Road Family Development Corp.
Joyful Noise Music School
Karamu House
Kulture Kids
Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth
Lexington Bell Community Center
May Dugan Center


Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory
and Educational Foundation
Negative Space Gallery & Studio
NewBridge Cleveland Center
for Arts & Technology
Notre Dame College
Omega Psi Phi
Open Doors Academy
Pink Tutu Outreach Company
Progressive Arts Alliance
Rainey Institute
Reaching Heights
Roots of American Music
Scenarios USA
School of Cleveland Ballet
Shore Cultural Centre
StandUP! For Change
The Music Settlement
The Musical Theater Project
The Parma Area Fine Arts Council
The Roberto Ocasio Foundation
Thea Bowman Center
University Hospitals Health System
Valley Art Center
West Side Catholic Center
West Side Community House

Fairs & Festivals

A Day at the Chalet (Arts In Strongsville)
Art Walks (Little Italy Redevelopment Corp.)
Artistic Journeys Concert Series (Berea Arts Fest)
Arts in August
(Tremont West Development Corp.)
Brite Winter Festival
Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival
(Cedar Fairmount Business District)
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Cleveland Asian Festival (OCA Cleveland)
Cleveland International Film Festival
Clifton Arts and MusicFest
(Cudell Improvement)
Coventry Village Summer Series
(Coventry Village Special Improvement District)
EarthFest (Earth Day Coalition)
Festival of New Works
(Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts)
Front Porch Concert Series (LakewoodAlive)
Gordon Square Performing Arts Fest
(Detroit Shoreway Community
Development Organization)
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Halloran Park Summer Arts Series
(Westown Community Development Corp.)
Heights Music Hop (FutureHeights)
Hungarian Scout Festival
(American Hungarian Friends of Scouting)
IngenuityFest (Ingenuity Cleveland)
Jewish FilmFest
(Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland)
Larchmere PorchFest
Latino Arts and Culture Celebration
(Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center)
Love the eARTh Festival
(Arts for All Northeast Ohio)

Music at the Market (North Union Farmers Market)
Ohio City Street Festival (Ohio City Inc.)
One World Day
(Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation)
Rooms to Let: CLE (Slavic Village Development)
Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival
(Shaker Arts Council)
Southeast Cleveland Arts & Jazz
(Union Miles Development Corp.)
Sparx City Hop (Downtown Cleveland Alliance)
Summer Arts & Entertainment Series
(Kamm’s Corners Development Corp.)
Thyagaraja Festival (Aradhana Committee)
Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival (Merrick House)
Unity in the Community (St. Malachi Center)
Ward 5 Community Family Festival
(Burten, Bell, Carr Development)
Warehouse District Street Festival
(Historic Warehouse District Development Corp.)
WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays
(University Circle Inc.)

History & Cultural Heritage

Baseball Heritage Museum
Beachwood Historical Society
Bedford Historical Society
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese
Culture Association
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum
Cleveland Restoration Society
Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp.
Lakewood Historical Society
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
Old Brooklyn Community
Development Corp.
Restore Cleveland Hope
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein Bavaria
Shaker Historical Society
Ukrainian Museum-Archives
Western Reserve Historical Society
Westlake Chinese School
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

Music

Apollo’s Fire
Arts Renaissance Tremont
BlueWater Chamber Orchestra
Cavani String Quartet
ChamberFest Cleveland
Choral Arts Society of Cleveland
CityMusic Cleveland
Cleveland Blues Society
Cleveland Chamber Collective
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society
Cleveland International Piano Competition
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
Cleveland Opera Theater
Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
Cleveland POPS Orchestra

Cleveland TOPS Swingband
Cleveland Women’s Orchestra
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble
Heights Chamber Orchestra
Les Délices
Local 4 Music Fund
M.U.S.i.C.
Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral
NO EXIT
North Coast Men’s Chorus
Opera Circle
Quire Cleveland
Singing Angels
Suburban Symphony Orchestra
Symphony West Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra
The Singers’ Club of Cleveland
The West Shore Chorale

Nature & Science

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
Great Lakes Science Center
Green Triangle
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Theater

Brecksville Theater on the Square
Cassidy Theatre
Cesear’s Forum
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre
Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Public Theatre
Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
convergence-continuum
Dobama Theatre
Ensemble Theatre
Great Lakes Theater
Heights Youth Theatre
Mamai Theatre Company
Mercury Theatre Company
Near West Theatre
Playhouse Square
Talespinner Children’s Theatre
Theater Ninjas
UpStage Players

Visual & Media Arts

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
Bellaire Puritas Development Corp.
Cleveland Museum of Art
HeightsArts
ideastream
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
LAND studio
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
SPACES
The Sculpture Center
Zygote Press

When people come here, they share a common thread. Arts level the playing field.

— Steve Presser | Cleveland Heights —
READ STEVE'S STORY AND OTHERS

ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY : VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

Through grants, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture helps cultural institutions of all sizes become resilient so they can continue to adapt and change to the needs of residents – and make an impact on the local economy. Visitors from down the street and across the globe enjoy our world-class arts and culture. In fact, companies based in Northeast Ohio cite Cuyahoga County’s vibrant cultural offerings as key to attracting and retaining talented employees.
383789115
DOLLARS SPENT IN TOTAL by
CAC-funded organizations
158565415
DOLLARS IN TOTAL SALARY
paid out by these groups
10000
EMPLOYEES IN THE REGION work
for groups that receive CAC funds
122
REGIONAL ARTISTS named Creative Workforce Fellows by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

Finances

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is a responsible steward of public funds, investing
more than $140 million in more than 300 organizations since 2008.

As the region’s public arts and culture agency, we help hundreds of organizations connect residents and visitors to millions of cultural experiences each year – in museums and performance halls, in nature and public spaces, in neighborhoods and online. Through grants, CAC supports the arts and culture organizations that give our community a unique identity and make it an enjoyable place to work, live and visit.

The fiscal year 2014 data used for this report were provided by DataArts (previously known as the Cultural Data Project), a nonprofit organization that empowers the arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. Any interpretation of the data is that of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, not DataArts. For more information, visit www.culturaldata.org. Additional data provided by grant recipients to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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CAC STAFF

Karen Gahl-Mills
CEO + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Roshi Ahmadian
ASSOCIATE – COMMUNICATIONS & GRANT PROGRAMS
Meg Harris
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Jessica Kayse
MANAGER – RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT
Dan McLaughlin
MANAGER – PROJECT SUPPORT
Jill Paulsen
DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Jake Sinatra
MANAGER – SPECIAL PROJECTS & COMMUNICATIONS
Nicole Thomas
MANAGER – GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT

CAC BOARD

Mark Avsec
Gwendolyn Garth
Joseph P. Gibbons
Steven Minter
Charna Sherman

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