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What is CPAC?

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:

  1. Capacity building programs and services for arts and culture nonprofits, individual artists and arts businesses
  2. Research about the sector and how it is impacting other areas of greater Cleveland economically and otherwise
  3. Counsel and guidance about public policy that affects the arts and culture sector.

Where is CPAC and where does it offer services?

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.

Does CPAC offer art classes?

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.

Is CPAC a government agency?

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.

Does CPAC provide funding to arts and cultural organizations?

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.

Does CPAC provide funding to artists?

Not currently. The Creative Workforce Fellowship program, ended December 31, 2016, and CPAC's official partnership with Northeast Shores that provided project grants through the Artists in Residence program ended in 2013.

What is Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and what do they do?

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 manages the distribution of funds generated from a tax on cigarettes in Cuyahoga County. More information is available at their website, www.cacgrants.org.

How can I get involved?

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter using the button below or subscribe to our blog and be the first in the region to hear about opportunities, events, partnerships and changes in policy that affect the arts and culture sector. Visit advocacy pages to learn about current efforts and take action. Check out the Reference Desk for information and research to help strengthen your voice and knowledge of the sector. Explore networking and other public events on our calendar to become a part of the arts and culture movement.

How is arts and culture relevant to me?

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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