2023-2024 REPORT TO THE

moCa Cleveland, CAC-funded since 2008.
Photo by The Dark Room Co.; Below: Inlet Dance Theatre,
CAC-funded since 2011. Photo by Jackie Sajewski.

Greetings from CAC!

Time and again, Cuyahoga County residents say our community’s arts and culture offerings create a strong quality of life. As the public funder of nonprofit arts and culture in the county, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) takes seriously its grantmaking responsibility. After all, the public dollars we distribute help to boost the economy, educate children and teens, create experiences that enrich our lives, and enhance our community’s appeal.

In 2023, CAC awarded more than $12 million in grants to 275 Cuyahoga County-based nonprofit organizations.

While CAC provides the financial support to help our community’s creative economy thrive, the real thanks is due to you, the residents of Cuyahoga County. It’s the public’s support for funding arts and culture nonprofits that makes this work possible.

Karolyn Isenhart

President, Board of Trustees

Jill Paulsen

Executive Director

Investing In

Our Impact

Total granted in 2023
$ 0 M

$247M Total granted to date

Total number of grants in 2023
0

4,000 Total number of grants to date

Total organizations funded in 2023
0

485 Total organizations funded to date

Economy + Jobs

The hundreds of nonprofit organizations that Cuyahoga Arts & Culture funds each year make up an important sector of our local economy, supporting more than 10,200 jobs and investing millions of dollars into our region. This includes:

  • $478M in direct expenditures
  • $509M in total unrestricted revenue
  • 10,200 total jobs (full-time, part-time, contract, seasonal)
  • 12,900 volunteers and board members


Education + Youth

CAC grantees are enhancing educational opportunities for Cuyahoga County residents and students. CAC-funded organizations provided more than 1.2 million arts and cultural experiences to children and offered more than:

  • 47,000 classes and workshops  
  • 158,000 hours of arts education in schools
  • 4,500 field trips
  • 2,350 internships and apprenticeships


Creativity + Connection

More than 6.1 million arts and culture experiences were provided to residents and visitors by CAC-funded nonprofits, and nearly 55% of experiences were free of charge. Vibrant arts and culture offerings are reaching more residents than ever:

  • 4.8 million total in-person attendance
  • 1.3 million total digital attendance

About the Data: Generated through SMU DataArts. Represents data reported by CAC-funded organizations as of July 2023 through their Cultural Data Profile. Includes data for the most recently completed fiscal year for each organization.

"CAC funding is more crucial than ever. As production costs rise due to inflation, we are grateful for the help through Project Support."

CAC-funded since 2019. Photo by Tom Henderson.

Karamu House Expansion Brings Jobs and Opportunity

The capital campaign construction project has been a win-win for everyone.

Karamu House, CAC-funded since 2008. Photo by Roger Mastroianni Photography.

Karamu House
$128,283 in 2023 General Operating Support

A new marquee at the corner of East 89th and Quincy Avenue in Cleveland announces to passersby they have arrived at Karamu House, the oldest Black-producing theatre in the nation.  The marquee, a new pavilion, improved ADA access, and renovations to its Cleveland Foundation Jelliffe Theatre and Bank of America Arena Theatre are part of the multi-year, multi-million-dollar capital campaign.

The renovated spaces will help Karamu House improve the visitor experience and better serve artists, technicians, designers, and actors who bring their performing arts to life. Karamu House’s programs and performances funded in part by CAC will benefit from having more space for artists to work and exhibit and more audience capacity.

It also has had a significant economic impact on the neighborhood. 

Inside the theater, the capital improvements will result in more permanent jobs and career training opportunities. When the new Bistro opens in 2025, Karamu House will hire three new full-time employees. On the theater side of the house, a new assistant technical director and a wardrobe coordinator have joined the staff.  Between March 2022 through May 2024, 186 individuals have worked on the construction project, including those employed with local minority-owned and female-owned businesses. 

With the completion of renovations of venues in the theatre wing, Karamu House will have more flexible opportunities for its programming and will offer its theatres for rent to other arts and culture organizations, including those funded by CAC. Karamu House also plans to re-launch its technical theatre on-the-job training program, which will provide paid employment opportunities for lifelong learners as crew members in theatres throughout the region. 

“The capital campaign construction project has been a win-win for everyone,” said Tony F. Sias, President and CEO of Karamu House. “Karamu’s economic impact on the community in the past has been more than $7.75 million a year, and we expect that number to increase exponentially through additional employees and contract employees, ticket sales, food and beverage sales, and increased space rentals.  We look forward to welcoming more Cuyahoga County residents and visitors to performances and programs in our neighborhood.”

"Thanks to partners like Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, we can provide our unique tri-curricular programming of poetry, soccer, and service-learning at no cost to our families. This support allows us to welcome the community to a high-quality Power of Poetry event every year."

CAC-funded since 2014

ROAM Music Programs Inspire 2,000 Cleveland Students

CAC funding makes it possible to hire musicians to teach the program. Their work changes how students emotionally experience the world.

Roots of American Music, CAC-funded since 2008.

Roots of American Music
$20,760 in 2023 General Operating Support

Last year, in 32 Kindergarten and second-grade classrooms in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Blues music was the catalyst for conversations about the highs and lows in their young lives. In one classroom, after hearing the Blues song “The Thrill is Gone,” students shared their memories of grief and happiness.

It’s these organic “light bulb” moments that make Roots of American Music’s programs effective in reinforcing children’s language arts, music, and social-emotional learning.

“Even if a song is written by an adult for other adults, children can also find meaning in it based on their life experiences. We never know how, when, or where the musical process will impact students,” said teaching artist Beth Gatchell. “These unexpected, in-between moments where music just does its thing, and we hold space for it, are so valuable.”

In 2023, Roots of American Music served nearly 2,000 students in Cleveland Metropolitan School District classrooms through its two programs: ‘Blues is the Backbone’ program for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade and ‘Stop the Hate’ in collaboration with The Maltz Museum for middle school and high school students. 

‘Blues is the Backbone’ culminates with students writing lyrics to their own class song. During 2023-24, more than 700 students in kindergarten to third grade experienced the power of the Blues is the Backbone program.

Michele Colopy, Roots of American Music’s executive director, said the program is designed to teach across the curriculum. “Our program introduces connections to sociology, history and music through a shared experience,” she said. “CAC funding makes it possible to hire musicians to teach the program. Their work changes how students emotionally experience the world.”

"Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has been integral to our growth and community reach over the last decade. CAC has helped our organization set meaningful goals while also helping to fund our award-winning programming!"

CAC-funded since 2010. Photo by Lindsey Beckwith Photography.

moCa Cleveland Collaboration Expanded Reach of Latinx Art

CAC’s funding allowed us an opportunity to partner creatively in ways that we may not otherwise have done.

moCa Cleveland, CAC-funded since 2008. Photo by The Dark Room Co.

moCa Cleveland
$140,402 in 2023 General Operating Support

Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
$30,000 in 2023 Cultural Heritage Funding

In 2023, moCa and Julia de Burgos Cultural Art Center partnered on an 18-month institutional and artist residency. Julia de Burgos occupied spaces on moCa’s first and third floors and co-designed programming with moCa to advance the work of Latino/a/x artists and artists of color and provide new professional development opportunities. A seven-member cohort of Cuyahoga County-based, early career artists worked alongside mentor artists and arts leaders, and moCa hosted exhibitions of the cohort and mentor artists’ work throughout the residency.

In total, 35,000 moCa patrons saw the artists’ work, and 4,000 of them took time to leave written creative responses to the pieces.

Megan Lykins Reich, moCa Cleveland executive director, is excited by the expansive artistic presence that this residency created. The collaboration was so successful that it influenced the museum’s decision to engage residencies in 2024 and 2025 with Cleveland-based non-profits Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries and Birthing Beautiful Communities.

“CAC funds allowed us to undertake the Julia de Burgos partnership,” she said. “It helped us to see the potential of grounding a Cleveland-focused experience while ceding space to allow audiences to see how art intersects with people and service. We often wonder how two arts organizations will work together or how art and design create action and reflection that are meaningful. CAC’s funding allowed us an opportunity to partner creatively in ways that we may not otherwise have done.”

"CAC funding has made it possible for us to share our love of dance and movement with our community! It has been an honor to bring our programming to adults who would not otherwise have opportunities to grow, heal and connect with one another through dance and movement."

CAC-funded since 2023

Towpath Trail Lantern Parade Merges Sustainability and Creativity

The parade allows us to connect the community to a place through art on the Towpath.

Canalway Partners, CAC-funded since 2023. Photo by Nathan Stroempl.

Canalway Partners
$4,000 in 2023 Project Support

What do 300 people and some discarded items have in common? In 2023, they welcomed spring during the second Towpath Trail Lantern Parade along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.

The parade featured local artists who created illuminated art from recycled materials. Community members were encouraged to create lanterns from their salvaged materials at home and join the parade. Others attended workshops from Heights Arts and UpCycle Parts Shop, which were held at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Community Arts Center. Out of repurposed bottles, cake containers, cereal boxes and yarn were born alligators, terrariums and fish-shaped lanterns. 55% of the attendees were new to Canalway programming.

“The parade allows us to connect the community to a place through art on the Towpath,” said Kristen Romito, Canalway Partners’ community engagement specialist. “We use CAC’s grant to hire local artists to produce lanterns and run community workshops highlighting the intersections of art, sustainability and nature. It’s a unique way to get people outside in winter and onto the Towpath.”

"Stable funding from CAC has been instrumental in allowing us to re-invent ourselves again. Our singing membership is up, we have an exciting new director, and our repertoire has been refreshed.”

CAC-funded since 2012. Photo by Neal Linebaugh.

Resident-Led Grants Support Neighborhood Gathering Space, Community Beekeeping Project

Funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture supports arts and cultural projects through ioby and Neighborhood Connections. In 2023, more than 76 projects were made possible through these partnerships.

Mustard Seed Works
$4,230 grant in 2023 – Neighborhood Connections with co-funding from CAC

In 2023, Danie White started a junior beekeeping program in partnership with a childcare center in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. This pilot program gave preschoolers a unique opportunity to dive into the world of beekeeping. The new bond between the center’s owner and Ms. White led to the creation of “My Sista’s Keeper EduApiaries”. Now, women from the community get together regularly to learn and practice beekeeping while examining the connection of sisterhood – both in the hive and between one another.

Coventry Living Room Project
$9,808 raised in 2023 – ioby-CAC Match Fund

The Coventry Living Room Project is a community-led place-making effort. In 2023, its leaders created a public, outdoor gathering space in Pekar Park. This space, known as “The Living Room,” was built to strengthen the sense of community and support small businesses in the Coventry Village neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. The space includes a stage, beautifully painted furniture, a canopy to provide shade, and planters.

2023 Financials
Audited

Revenues
$ 0
Expenses
$ 0

Change in net position – ($2,555,080)

Net position – $13,113,589

Committed to 2024 grantmaking
$ 0

Investing In

Above: ARTFUL Ohio, CAC-funded since 2023. Photo by Jesse Rhinehart.

In 2023, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture supported thousands of arts and cultural events in hundreds of locations across Cuyahoga County.
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Top: Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, CAC-funded since 2015; Left: Slavic Village Development, CAC-funded since 2014; Right: Shaker Historical Society, CAC-funded since 2008.

2024 Grant Recipients

A–C

ABREPASO Flamenco

Achievement Centers for Children

AfricaHouse International

America Asian Pacific Islander Organization

America SCORES Cleveland

American Hungarian Friends of Scouting

American Slovenian Polka Foundation

Apollo’s Fire

Aradhana Committee

Art House

Art of Me

Art Therapy Studio

Artful

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Arts Impact

Arts in Strongsville

Arts Renaissance Tremont

Arts Without Borders 

Assembly for the Arts

Association of African American Cultural Garden

Babel Box Theater

Baldwin Wallace University

Baseball Heritage Museum

Bay Village Community Band

BAYarts

Beachwood Arts Council

Beck Center for the Arts

Bedford Historical Society

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Berea Arts Fest

BigHearted Blooms

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra

BorderLight

Brite Cleveland

Broadway School of Music and the Arts

Brooklyn Heights Service Clubs

Buck Out Foundation

Canalway Partners

Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation

Case Western Reserve University

Cassidy Theatre

Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District

Celebrate the Arts Performance Academy

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Employment Opportunities

Cesear’s Forum

Chagrin Arts

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Chagrin Valley Little Theater

ChamberFest Cleveland

Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Choral Arts Cleveland

City Ballet of Cleveland

City Club of Cleveland

Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Chamber Choir

Cleveland Chamber Collective

Cleveland Chamber Music Society

Cleveland Chamber Symphony

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

Cleveland Composers Guild

Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association

Choral Arts Cleveland

Cleveland Grays Armory Museum

Cleveland Inner City Ballet

Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland International Film Festival

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

Cleveland Leadership Center

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra

Cleveland Photo Fest

C–H

Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Cleveland Pride Band

Cleveland Print Room

Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

Cleveland Repertory Orchestra

Cleveland Restoration Society

Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future

Cleveland School of the Arts Board of Trustees

Cleveland Seed Bank

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Cleveland Silent Film Festival and Colloquium

Cleveland TOPS Swingband

Cleveland Treatment Center

Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project

Cleveland Winds

Cleveland Women’s Orchestra

Collective Arts Network

CollectivExpress

Colors+Youth Center 

Community Cup Classic Foundation

Connecting for Kids

Contemporary Youth Orchestra

convergence-continuum

Coventry PEACE Campus

Coventry Village Special Improvement District

Dance Evert

DANCECleveland

Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio

Dancing Wheels

Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Djapo Cultural Arts Institute

Doan Brook Watershed Partnership

Dobama Theatre

Downtown Cleveland

DuffyLit

Dunham Tavern Museum and Gardens

East Cleveland Farmers’ Market Preservation Society

Edward E. Parker Museum of Art

Empowering Epilepsy

Encore Chamber Music Institute

Ensemble Theatre

Environmental Health Watch

Euclid Beach Park Now

Far West Center

Folknet

Foluke Cultural Arts

Food Strong

Fostering Hope Ohio

Friends of the East Cleveland Public Library

Friends of the McGaffin Carillon

From Me 2 U

Front Steps Housing and Services

FrontLine Service

FutureHeights

Gardening in the District

German Central

German Music Society

Golden Ciphers Youth Development & Cultural Arts Center

Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble

Graffiti HeART

Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Theater

Greater Cleveland Film Commission

Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

GroundWorks DanceTheater  

Group Plan Commission

Harvard Community Services Center

Hasani Management Inc.

Heights Arts

Heights Youth Theatre

H–O

Henry Johnson Center

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

Hospice of the Western Reserve

ICA-Art Conservation

Ideastream Public Media

In Harmony Therapeutic Services

India Fest USA

Ingenuity

Inlet Dance Theatre

InMotion

International Community Council

International Women’s Air & Space Museum

Italian Cultural Garden

Jennings Center for Older Adults

Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland

Jewish Federation of Cleveland

John Carroll University

Jones Road Family Development Corporation

Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Kaboom Collective

Karamu House

Kings & Queens of Art

Kulture Kids

Lake Erie Ink

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy

LakewoodAlive

LAND studio

Larchmere PorchFest

LatinUs Theater Company

Les Délices

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Literary Cleveland

Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation

Little Lumpy’s Center for Educational Initiatives

Local 4 Music Fund

LYLESART

M.U.S.i.C.

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts

Malachi Center

Maltz Museum

Mandel JCC

Mantles and Makers

May Dugan Center

Men of Independence

MidTown Cleveland

Mojuba Dance Collective

Morgan Conservatory

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Museum of Creative Human Art

Music and Art at Trinity

Musical Theater Project

Naach Di Cleveland

NAMI Greater Cleveland

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Near West Theatre

New Avenues to Independence

NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology

No Exit

North Coast Men’s Chorus

North East Ohio Musical Heritage Association

North Pointe Ballet

North Union Farmers Market

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development

OCA Greater Cleveland

Oh Sew Powerful

Ohio City Incorporated

Ohio Contemporary Ballet

Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation

One South Euclid

Open Doors Academy

Open Tone Music

P–Z

Pakistani Cultural Garden

P.A.L.S. for Healing

Parma Area Fine Arts Council

Piano Cleveland

Playhouse Square

Polish Village Parma

Praxis Fiber Workshop

Radio on the Lake Theatre

Rainey Institute

Re:Source Cleveland

Reaching Heights

Refresh Collective

Renovare Music

Restore Cleveland Hope

Ridna Shkola Cleveland

Roberto Ocasio Foundation

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rollin’ Buckeyez

Roots of American Music

Sankofa

Schmooze Ohio

Sculpture Center

Shaker Arts Council

Shaker Historical Society

Shore Cultural Centre

Singing Angels

Slavic Village Development

Slovenian Museum and Archives

SOS: Strengthening Our Students

SPACES

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation

Stellar Acrobatic Dance Academy

Studio Institute

STV Bavaria

Suburban Symphony Orchestra

Talespinner Children’s Theatre

Tender Hearts Crusades

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Opera

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Foundry

The Gathering Place

The Harvard Square Center

The Movement Project

The Music Settlement

Thea Bowman Center

Tremont West Development Corporation

Trobár Medieval

Ukrainian Cultural Arts Association of Greater Cleveland

Ukrainian Museum-Archives

Union Miles Development Corporation

University Circle Inc.

Upcycle Parts Shop

UpStage Players

Ursuline College

Valley Art Center

VIVA Bavaria

Wake Up and Live’s Actors’ Studio

Waterloo Arts

West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development

West Side Catholic Center

West Side Community House

Western Reserve Chorale

Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center

Western Reserve Historical Society

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Westlake Chinese School

Westown Community Development Corporation

Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus

Women in History

Writers in Residence

Youth Challenge

Zygote Press

Photos: Column A-C: Art of Me Productions, CAC-funded since 2022; Column C-H: GroundWorks DanceTheatre, CAC-funded since 2008. Photo by Mark Horning; Column H-O: LAND Studio, CAC-funded since 2008. Photo by Rebecca Louise Law; Column P-Z: Ursuline College, CAC-funded since 2014. Photo by Judy Takacs.

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