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Support Our Quality of Life Partners

Cellist Paul Kushious engaged pediatric patients and pre-school children from a neighboring day care for 60 minutes in the children’s area. Photo courtesy of MetroHealth

"Quality of life" is a term many use to describe one of the public values produced by Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector. On November 3, 2015 Cuyahoga County voters expressed their deep appreciation for the quality of life that stems from our county’s arts and culture organizations and artists. This appreciation was evident when they overwhelmingly voted to renew county-wide funding for arts and culture. Clearly arts and culture is not the only community asset that contributes to quality of life. On March 15, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to consider renewing public sector funding for another valuable community force that contributes to “quality of life” through Issue 23, the health and human services levy. The health and human services field is every bit as much about improving quality of life as we are in the field of arts and culture. In fact many of those organizations employ art and music therapists and engage in arts and cultural activities and partnerships.

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Categories: artsandhealth, ballot measure, creative minds in medicine, Health, issues, public official, public policy, Roundtable | comments

Advocacy: Our Obligation

As nonprofits and artists, this idea may be overwhelming. Taking on more obligations as we work to serve our constituents through programs and services with limited resources is a challenge, to put it lightly. Advocacy is expensive and time-consuming, right? Especially as the federal government proposes policies that restrict the voices of nonprofits and the people we serve…but isn’t silence a disservice to those same amazing people who count on us? One answer to these questions might be that it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, and there are resources to help you join the public sector conversation.

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Categories: advocacy, capacity building, civic, cross-sector, issues, public policy, resources, voting | comments

Move Social Causes Through Your Art

Last week a number of us participated in a Creative Capital webinar with nationally renowned artist and advocate Stephanie Bleyer of Six Foot Chipmunk. Immediately taken by her energy and passion for advancing social causes through her work, I was continually impressed by her ideas. I’ve seen some great examples of creative film being used to advance causes on the Daily DoGooder (if you’re not familiar, it cheers up my inbox each day), but Stephanie really got to how it’s all done from the ground up.

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Categories: accessibility, advocacy, audience, Best Practices, civic, community organizing, cross-sector, experience, issues, leadership, partnership, strategic planning | comments

Support Our Civic Partners

Public issue campaigns and Election Days have always inspired me.  How we determine our public leadership and resolve civic issues is fascinating. Our participation in the democratic process, particularly at the local level, is a special opportunity to sustain vital civic services and assets and chart a positive path for our community.

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Categories: advocacy, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, issues, partnership, public policy | comments

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