December 03, 2014
Cleveland Institute of Art has again received a significant funding commitment from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), the agency that administers county cigarette tax revenue earmarked for arts and culture grants.
“Funding from CAC allows us to continue to provide excellent public programming to a broad audience in the form of Continuing Education courses, Reinberger Galleries exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and Cinematheque films,” said CIA President Grafton Nunes. “We are very grateful for this vital support which allows us to provide access to the arts for all ages and improves our shared quality of life.”
CAC announced in late November that it will invest $27,183,242 in grants to 196 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County through its 2015-16 General Operating Support and 2015 Project Support grant programs. Of that total, CAC’s Board approved $25.4 million in funding for 58 organizations – including CIA – through its 2015-16 General Operating Support grant program. The Board also approved $1,783,242 in funding for 138 organizations through its 2015 Project Support grant program.
“We congratulate the organizations that Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will fund in 2015, and we look forward to working with them in the coming months to benefit the community,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CAC’s executive director. “The nearly 200 organizations CAC funds offer programs that support educational opportunities, boost our economy and improve quality of life in Cuyahoga County.”
In October 2014, CAC convened panels of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio to publicly evaluate and score each of the applications to the 2015-16 General Operating Support and 2015 Project Support grant programs.
CAC was approved by Cuyahoga County voters in 2006 and will be on the November 2015 ballot for Cuyahoga County voter renewal. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $125 million dollars in 286 local organizations presenting arts and cultural activities in the county. CAC’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture.
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