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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

this is a great moment

I was suddenly thrown back to my earlier days at CPAC, just before the age-old idea of integrating artists into community revitalization efforts was coined “creative placemaking.” CPAC and community organizers were discussing not only how artists can help revive communities, but how communities could give back to these artists. There was, and is, a clear understanding of the need to sustain growth without pricing out existing residents, which often includes people working in creative professions. Now that real estate professionals all over the state are recognizing Cleveland’s increasing property values--a result of any number of factors--some of the theories, I imagine, will be put to the test. In fact, a number of efforts that were set in motion in 2008-2010 have already proven themselves and grown in all the obvious neighborhoods, and some not so obvious ones.

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Categories: Artists, artsandhealth, Best Practices, community development, connect, creative minds in medicine, creative placemaking, Creative Workforce Fellowship, cross-sector, Neighborhoods, public benefit, research, resources | comments

Culture Pulse 2015

Culture Pulse 2015 Infographic

CPAC crunched the numbers – but your Cultural Data Project (CDP) profiles made it possible!

In Culture Pulse 2015, CPAC takes its annual snapshot of Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture nonprofits. The report focuses on the sector’s financial, human and infrastructure resources. This allows us to uncover strengths and potential challenges facing our arts and culture in the near-term. This year we’ve added an additional section that aggregates the information on participation and program offerings the CDP collects.

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It's Our Time, Cleveland

Next year is the presidential election year. News and reviews of debates are practically everywhere I turn. From emails and television to Facebook and Twitter, it seems like someone is always posting about the candidates. And though information on the election can get a little overwhelming, it’s incredibly important to know.

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Moving Forward with Light Speed

Yard signs are popping up all over Cuyahoga County. Newsletters and emails are being sent. Literature is being dropped. Phone calls are being made. Curtain speeches are rolling forth. Momentum is building. The force, as they say, has indeed awakened. I could go on with the Star Wars metaphor, by noting how useful a Jedi mind trick would be to the arts and culture campaign, but really, what we need is one big force push to ensure that arts and culture prevails.

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What I did for Summer Vacation: A Reflection on the Arts and Democracy

This summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Kettering Foundation’s Deliberative Democracy Exchange in Dayton, Ohio. The week-long event brought people together from throughout the world to have conversations related to one fundamental question for Kettering: What does it take to make democracy work as it should? With the turmoil in the Middle East, the ongoing questions about the justice system in the United States, and the influence of money in our elections system, you like many Americans, might be wondering if democracy can work. In truth, there are days I get so frustrated by what I see that I wonder if there is any hope at all for our democracy. Then I remember something really important. It is our democracy, and without citizen engagement, it can’t function as such.

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7 Excellent (and Free!) Resources for Artists You Didn't Know Existed (With Bonus 8th Resource!)

Alright, you may know some of these existed, (artists are resourceful people, after all) but I found them to be so useful, I couldn’t resist sharing. Here at CPAC we are on the never-ending quest to locate and share the best resources we can find for artists. There’s no disputing it, sustaining yourself as an artist is a challenging job. Whether you’re looking for business advice, help with money or time management, artist residencies or just some encouragement from other creatives making it work, we aim to provide as much support around you and your creative practice as possible. There is a lot of help out there! But sometimes knowing where to look first is half the battle. Keep making. Keep doing. We’re here to help.

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5 Ways To Work With Your Audience

Back in May, we had the pleasure of having an Arts and Culture Roundtable that focused on Audience development. Attendees were able to hear from five speakers including Ross Binnie from The Cleveland Orchestra, Talise Campbell from Djapo
Cultural Arts Institute, Ed Gilchrist from the Cleveland Play House, Sara Laskey from MetroHealth and Leland Patton from the Cleveland Indians. Each speaker spoke for a short time on their work in audience development within their organization. Here are some of the key themes and takeaways from these five speakers’ presentations. 

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Categories: audience, collaboration, communication, communication strategies, experience, Listening | comments

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