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Civic Engagement


Civic Engagement

Cleveland has a rich history of appreciating the value of our arts and culture community. We recognize that a relatively small investment in creative expression and preservation can lead to a much larger return. Arts and culture offer important measurable benefits seen in many local, national and international research studies. The sector advances our education system, fuels our economy and improves our competitive edge. It has the power to transform our neighborhoods, cities and region. The arts alongside our cultural traditions and institutions have the ability to enrich people’s lives in a very real way that is unique to each individual. CPAC strives to build and sustain public support of the arts and culture community. We encourage policy that recognizes arts and culture as an essential component of a strong community, and we provide counsel and partner with other community members to strengthen public support of arts and culture.


Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's 2013 Report to the Community

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) released new data demonstrating that public funding for arts and culture continues to have a positive impact on the residents of Cuyahoga County. The data, as well as stories highlighting the impact of funding on CAC-funded organizations, are highlighted in CAC’s 2013 Report to the Community, “Your Investment. Strengthening Community."

View the Report

Read an article announcing the report in The Plain Dealer

Public investments in individual artists

One direct result of the civic leadership and community response to supporting arts and culture is the Creative Workforce Fellowship, awarding $20,000 fellowships to 20 individual artists in Cuyahoga County each year. Watch the video to hear artists and former Fellows share their stories of what the investment has meant to them, as they continue to invest their talents and innovation back into the region. All this is made possible by the support of Cuyahoga County residents through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This video was also made possible with in-kind support from Paul Sobota Photography, Inc.