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Tom Schorgl, architect of public funding for Arts & Culture in Cuyahoga County, to retire from CPAC after 20 years

June 23, 2017 - Schorgl to be succeeded by long-time CPAC COO, Megan Van Voorhis
CLEVELAND, OH – After leading the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) for 20 years, Tom Schorgl has announced he will retire from his post as president and CEO at the end of 2017. Schorgl will be succeeded by long-time CPAC Chief Operating Office, Megan Van Voorhis. The board unanimously voted to make the appointment at its June quarterly board meeting today.

Cleveland theater industry “punches above its weight” nationally, but locals may not know it

June 1, 2017
CLEVELAND – The concentration of high-quality theaters and playwrights in the Cleveland region helps to make it a mid-sized city that has a disproportionally high level of national recognition. This is just one of the competitive advantages of Cleveland theater found in “Staging Cleveland,” a report released today by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC). The study shares the economic impact and ecosystem of Cuyahoga County’s theater industry.

As threats to federal arts funding persist, new study demonstrates vital role of government funding to local arts and culture nonprofits

April 13, 2017
CLEVELAND - Government support to Cuyahoga County arts and culture nonprofits remained relatively constant from 2011-2015. Research indicates small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations have a higher reliance on public funding compared to larger organizations. This data comes from Culture Pulse, a study released today by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), which explores the health of arts and culture nonprofits in Cuyahoga County over a five-year period.

Using Their Craft, Artists Breathe Life into History, Myth and Tradition

December 20, 2016
CLEVELAND - Today, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture releases the final collection of video interviews with Creative Workforce Fellows. Through their original work, these five artists create a connection between contemporary audiences and themes and craft of the past. They remind us that societal and personal progress requires remembering and accessing our history. The Fellowships are generously supported by Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

December Events: Artists to Engage with County Residents

December 6, 2016

Cleveland, OH—In December 2016, Creative Workforce Fellows will be sharing work in events across Cuyahoga County and throughout Northeast Ohio. Attend an event to collect all 40 artist trading cards.

Reflecting: Cleveland Artists Muse on Issues of Identity and Human Experience

December 1, 2016

CLEVELAND - Today, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture releases a fifth wave of Creative Workforce Fellows’ artist profile videos. Through their work, local artists endeavor to create safe spaces, challenge perspectives and break down the barriers that exist between race, age, culture and personal identity. These six 2016 Creative Workforce Fellows embrace and encourage an understanding of what it means to be human through literature, poetry, painting, theatre and comics. The Fellowships are generously supported by Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and these artists work to ensure that many of those residents can see themselves and find solace in the work they create.

Cleveland Artists Define Their City Through Narratives of Hope and Grit

November 15, 2016

CLEVELAND - Today, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture releases a fourth wave of Creative Workforce Fellows’ artist profile videos. In light of our nation’s rapidly changing social and political landscape, these artists continue to anchor the community by giving voice to the rich stories of Cleveland and its residents. Even in times of uncertainty, these artists maintain the power to inspire, make us laugh, give us pause, activate and unite the community through their work.

November Events: Artists to Engage with County Residents

November 1, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH—In November 2016, Creative Workforce Fellows will be sharing work in events across Cuyahoga County and throughout Northeast Ohio. Attend an event to collect all 40 artist trading cards.

Final Creative Intersections Event to Discuss ‘Moving Forward’ Arts and Safety in Cleveland

October 26, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH – Throughout its Creative Intersections series, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has explored the multiple roles arts and culture can play as a partner for safety in Cleveland. During its upcoming “Moving Forward” event on Thursday, November 17 from 1:30-5:30pm at the Bohemian National Hall, CPAC will feature a keynote from Chief Andrés González, Chief of Police, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Police Department. The event will also include Playwrights Local presenting an excerpt from the documentary play Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14. A performance talkback will follow.

Artists to Share Examples of 'Activating Change' in Communities

August 30, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH – Arts and culture can be a driving force for change within our communities by spurring collective action and mobilizing groups around social change. During its upcoming “Activating Change” event on Thursday, September 29th from 1:30-5:30pm at the Bohemian National Hall, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will explore how artists are being catalysts for change. Ashley Davis, programs director at Alternate ROOTS, a Southern based arts service organization for artists and cultural organizers who seek to champion social and economic justice, will speak at this event, along with local artists Robin Pease and Gwendolyn Garth.

Cleveland Area Artists Confront Socio Political Paradigms Head On

October 19, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH – The third group of video interviews with 2016 Creative Workforce Fellows released today draws attention to many social issues in ways artists are uniquely positioned to confront. In today’s heated political environment, the professionals featured in the videos are offering perspective and inviting conversation. The topics they address include Puerto Rican migration, race relations and historical traumatic events, violence, the fleeting-nature of journalism, prison reform and reentry, women’s rights, the definitions of human value and where we place it, and power dynamics in government. The themes are often uncomfortable and generally avoided in social contexts. Using their talents, however, these artists break down these barriers and offer new pathways to understanding the complex and numerous variables within each of these issues.

Nature, Technology and Social Systems: Artists Dissect the Patterns that Surround Us

October 4, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH – Today, the second group of video interviews with 2016 Creative Workforce Fellows is released. With major systemic issues dominating recent headlines, art is being created that offers commentary, criticism and observation of the systems that surround us. Not only is this work providing these interpretations, it is also supplying us with new angles to approach these issues and ways to better understand ourselves and our world. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture shares videos of Cleveland-area artists Bob Drake, Eric M. C. Gonzalez, Jeremy Paul, Kevin Kautenburger and Megan Young.

October Events: Creative Workforce Fellows

October 2016

CLEVELAND - In October 2016, Creative Workforce Fellows will be sharing work in events across Cuyahoga County and throughout Northeast Ohio. Attend an event to pick up the artists' trading cards and collect all 40.

Nonprofit launches free online business course for Cleveland artist start-ups

September 21, 2016, 12 p.m.

CLEVELAND – Deflating stereotypes of the “starving artist,” the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has launched a new online version of its award-winning Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. The business-planning course arms artist professionals with business skills to match their creative propensity. The free, online version of the course caters to emerging artists seeking to make a living through their craft as well as an “à la carte” refresher for established artist ventures.

Form and Function: Cleveland Artists Illustrate Wide-Ranging Impact on Audiences

September 2016

Cleveland, OH -- Today, the first group of video interviews with 2016 Creative Workforce Fellows is released. The narratives, when seen collectively, begin to answer questions about how the investment in individuals has benefited the broader Cuyahoga County community, as well as why new art is important for all of us as a society. As the artists approach the end of their year of support, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will release 40 videos and collectible trading cards to further illustrate why this source of funds, made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), is benefitting all greater Cleveland residents.

Artists to Engage with County Residents

September 2016

Cleveland, OH — Forty Cuyahoga County artists are each required to engage residents in at least one public activity as part of a Creative Workforce Fellowship. With the grant, managed by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), many artists are already going above and beyond that call. In September 2016, participate with these highly-skilled creative professionals who received one of the $15,000 Creative Workforce Fellowships at any of the following events, or view some of their latest work online as it becomes available.

Local Artists Engage with County Residents

August 2016

CLEVELAND - Through a local grant, 40 Cuyahoga County artists are engaging residents throughout the year. The Creative Workforce Fellowship, managed by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), is helping these artists thrive and residents thrive with them. In August 2016, residents can participate with these highly-skilled creative professionals who received one of the $15,000 grants at any of the following events and activities. The program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC).

Artists to Share Strategies for ‘Bridging Divides’ among Community Members

June 28, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - Arts and culture can be a powerful tool in shaping how we see, understand and engage with one another. During its upcoming “Bridging Divides” event on Thursday, July 28 from 1:30-5:30pm at the Bohemian National Hall, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will explore how film, theatre and multidisciplinary artists are working with incarcerated populations and building connections between different community members including police departments. Writer, performer, director and activist Marty Pottenger will speak at this event, along with local filmmaker Jakob Hochendoner and local theatre artist Chris Seibert.

Artists to Engage with County Residents

June 22, 2016

Forty Cuyahoga County artists are each required to engage residents in at least one public activity as part of a Creative Workforce Fellowship. With the grant, managed by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), many artists are already going above and beyond that call. In July 2016, participate with these highly-skilled creative professionals who received one of the $15,000 Creative Workforce Fellowships at any of the following events, or view some of their latest work online as it becomes available.

Publicly Funded Artists Offer Array of Experiences for County Residents

May 26, 2016

As part of Creative Workforce Fellowships received from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), 40 Cuyahoga County artists are each required to engage residents in at least one public activity during 2016. Many are already going above and beyond that call. In June 2016, engage with artists who received one of the $15,000 Creative Workforce Fellowships at the following events, or view some of their latest work online as it becomes available.