Crain's Editorial: Two Thumbs Down - Crain's Cleveland Business, January 15, 2017
The Fight Over How Cuyahoga Arts Funding is Given to Artists - Sam Allard, Cleveland SCENE, January 11, 2017
Artists Support Fellowship Program as County Agency Ponders Change - Jay Miller, Crain's Cleveland Business, December 13, 2016
CAC to Individual Artists: Money in the Budget, No Program to Administer It - Michael Gill, CAN Journal, December 13, 2016
The Sound of Ideas: Artist Funding (audio) - ideastream, The Sound of Ideas, December 13, 2016
Cuyahoga County's discontinued Creative Workforce Fellowships must be replaced quickly - Geoffrey Peterson (Opinion), The Plain Dealer, December 11, 2016
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to regroup after cancelling controversial new grant program - Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, December 7, 2016
Update on Support for Artists in 2017 - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, December 6, 2016
NAS Withdraws, CAC Individual Artist Grant Program in Limbo - Michael Gill, CAN Journal, December 6, 2016
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture cancels plan for new individual artist grant program - Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, December 6, 2016
Arts Community Surprised and Stirred Up by Changes in Levy Funding Distribution - Anastasia Pantsios, Cool Cleveland, November 28, 2016
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, And Individual Artists: Making Change - Michael Gill, CAN Journal, November 19, 2016
CAC Discusses Process, Goals for Proposed Individual Artist Program - Michael Gill, CAN Journal, November 17, 2016
Change Proposed for Allocating Public Funds for Artists - David C. Barnett, ideastream, November 16, 2016
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approves $14.5M in grants, fields questions about proposed shift in individual artist grant program - Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, November 15, 2016
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture considers big revamp to individual artist grant program - Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, November 11, 2016
Prior to 2006, local public sector funding for arts and culture was limited in size and scope. Today, Cuyahoga County has a dedicated source of arts and culture support through a countywide cigarette excise tax generating millions of dollars annually. How did Cuyahoga County go from having one of the lowest levels of local public sector arts and culture support in the United States to one of the highest? It all comes down to a 10-year drive led by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and the support of a dedicated core group of funders, advocates and legislators.
Vote for Arts and Culture from ACAC 2015 on Vimeo
In 1997, a regional planning process brought the community together and helped to establish a baseline of information about the value and impact of arts and culture. Northeast Ohio’s Arts and Culture Plan was released in 2000, and over the next three years, the arts and culture sector began to interact in new ways with local public officials. In 2003, Cuyahoga County Commissioners formed the Cuyahoga County Cultural Leadership Taskforce – a blue ribbon panel designed to develop models for the distribution of local public sector funds should a revenue source be adopted.
In 2004, advocates had their first opportunity to test arts and culture support with voters. Issue 31 was a joint economic development and arts and culture ballot issue, which would have provided arts and culture with a $10 million annual investment through a property tax. The issue failed by a margin of 3 points. Due to its slim defeat, public officials continued to work with advocates to identify a source of support for the County’s arts and culture sector. They also provided additional support to arts and culture through a program modeled off the Cultural Leadership Taskforce’s work, Cuyahoga County’sArts and Culture as Economic Development Grants. Finally, through a series of state legislative changes, a regional arts and cultural district was formed in Cuyahoga County. In 2006, Cuyahoga County voters approved a ten-year increase in the cigarette excise tax in support of arts and culture. This excise tax will need to be renewed sometime before its expiration in 2016.
Made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Proceeds from the cigarette excise tax are distributed through a regional arts and cultural district, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in the form of grants to arts and cultural organizations. The agency is governed by a board appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive and ratified by Cuyahoga County Council. For more information on Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and to join their mailing list, visit www.cacgrants.org.
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