The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a nonprofit that offers services for the arts and culture community. All these services fall in one of three areas:
CPAC is based in Cleveland, Ohio. It serves Cuyahoga County and its neighboring counties, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit. While much of CPAC’s work takes place in Cuyahoga County, CPAC works with other counties and communities in the region to address arts and culture concerns relating to CPAC’s core competency areas.
No. We do not participate directly in the creation of arts and culture programs and services. However, we can help direct you to organizations that provide such services.
No. CPAC is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization. However, CPAC often cooperates with government agencies to assist them in the development of their arts and cultural assets.
No. While CPAC has periodically been engaged to assist municipalities with their arts and culture grants programs, CPAC does not typically provide funds to arts and cultural organizations. The best resource for identifying funding opportunities for arts and culture programs is the Foundation Center – Cleveland. Additionally, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture offers general operating and project grants to nonprofits within Cuyahoga County.
Yes. Through the Creative Workforce Fellowship program, generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, CPAC is able to provide fellowships to individual artists of all disciplines within Cuyahoga County. 20 artists a year receive $20,000 financial awards, tuition reimbursement to the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, a one-year membership to the COSE Arts Network and a catalogue of Fellows’ work. As a component of the Artists In Residence program, in partnership with Northeast Shores Development Corporation, artists received micro-grants of up to $7,500 for projects within the Waterloo neighborhood.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio and one of the largest, local, public sector funders of arts and culture in the country. It develops best practices in grants programming and manages the distribution of funds generated from a tax on cigarettes in Cuyahoga County. More information is available at their website, www.cacgrants.org.
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While the term “Arts and Culture” is broad, almost everyone has encountered it, maybe without even realizing it. Have you visited one of the museums in University Circle or downtown? Do you know a child who has performed in a play or choir? Do you know an artist, musician, writer or filmmaker? Have you participated in music therapy programs or seen a sculpture installation in a park or on the side of the street? All of these and much more are a critical part of our regional identity. In an even broader sense arts and culture is a tremendous economic engine for our region creating jobs and generating tax dollars. It can breathe new life into neighborhoods. It can generate business networks and bring in new businesses. It helps drive tourism. It provides students with creative expression, and gives them a new and more tangible understanding of math, science or history. By its very nature, arts and culture helps us understand and celebrate our past as we break new ground and create our future.
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