Effective advocacy is much more than a request for support. In fact, much of the time spent toward influencing public policy is devoted to listening. It is served best through regular contact with policy makers influencers throughout greater Cleveland. Rather than arts advocacy, which speaks to a specific type of activity, CPAC often speaks in terms of public policy or civic engagement. We ask community leaders about their priorities and pressing concerns of their constituents. In understanding these goals, we are better suited to articulate how arts and culture can be a supportive resource in their work.
CPAC, in turn encourages policy that recognizes arts and culture as an essential component of a strong community.
This year marks 50 years of public funding for the arts in cities, townships, and villages across Ohio. Ohio Arts Council: State Funding
The OAC is grateful that Governor John Kasich has recommended GRF appropriations of $24.4 million for FY 2016-2017, a modest but meaningful increase from the last biennium. The OAC's budget still constitutes less than 0.04% of the state's total GRF appropriations. Through public investment, the OAC leverages a high match ratio from its grantees. $53 in local and private funding matches every one OAC dollar. Grant requests routinely exceed the OAC’s available resources. In the last grant cycle, the OAC met 40% of the need demonstrated by the state’s creative industries. In addition to the OAC’s primary role of investing in Ohio’s arts and cultural sector, during the next biennium the OAC will expand its capacity and capabilities to offer arts resources beyond grants. Through its new focus on technology improvements and innovation, the OAC will engage, connect, and promote arts organizations throughout Ohio, while remaining a prudent and efficient steward of state dollars.
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."
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. The program awarded $20,000 fellowships to 20 individual artists in Cuyahoga County each year from 2009-2014, and will continue in 2015 to award $15,000 awards to 40 artists in 2016. 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 public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This video was also made possible with in-kind support from Paul Sobota Photography, Inc.