millions of memories made with support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

What makes a moment unforgettable?

Whether witnessing a breathtaking performance or visiting a nature center, experiencing arts and culture with friends, family or neighbors can turn an everyday happening into a memorable experience.

Through resident support, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) has helped to support millions of unforgettable moments.

Since 2007, we’ve invested more than $170 million in tax dollars in more than 375 non-profits across Cuyahoga County. These groups bring arts and culture to life through new programs, time-tested events, and innovative experiences.

In 2017, more than 250 organizations, both large and small, offered unforgettable experiences to residents and visitors, thanks to nearly $15 million in public, taxpayer-supported funding.

Larchmere PorchFest. Photo: Derek Lindsay

CAC connects residents and visitors to arts and culture so they can make new memories together. Through ClevelandArtsEvents.com, a one-stop events calendar resource, residents and visitors discovered more than 20,000 arts and culture opportunities to make memories last year.

Cleveland-area school children discovered native birds and animals right in their own backyards. Residents found solace in the arts to cope with pain and illness. Teens learned about the community’s African-American heritage by interviewing their elders and staging a performance based on what they learned. All of these experiences — and millions more — were made possible because of public investment in arts and culture.

We invite you to explore some of these CAC-supported moments from 2017 in this report. Then, we encourage you to visit ClevelandArtsEvents.com to plan your next arts and culture experience.

With so many opportunities in Cuyahoga County, the hardest part will be choosing where to begin.

The fiscal year 2016 data used for this report was provided by DataArts, a nonprofit organization that empowers the arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. Any interpretation of the data is that of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, not DataArts. For more information, visit culturaldata.org. Additional data provided by CAC grant recipients.
University Circle Inc., Downie Photography

Millions of Memories Made


During 2016 and 2017 when The Children’s Museum of Cleveland was closed for the renovation of the Stager Beckwith mansion as our new home, CAC’s flexible operating funding supported our ‘Museum Without Walls’ program to put two educators out into the community so we could continue to connect with our young visitors. Our new home opened in November 2017 giving our city a beautiful museum that encourages open-ended play to allow children to make choices, express their creativity and encourage their independence. It also provides a space for children and their caregivers to build an emotional bond, which is so important. We are grateful to CAC for their continued support.

- Maria Campanelli, Executive Director

Children's Museum of Cleveland, Hattie Kotz


Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has been the CIFF’s largest single funder for over a decade. These funds are crucial in maintaining the Festival’s excellence in programming and operations. We leverage CAC funding as a challenge grant to encourage other donors to match CAC funds. Without CAC, the CIFF would be a very different Festival from what it exists as today.

- Marcie Goodman, Executive Director

Cleveland International Film Festival


‘I internalize stress. I feel it in my belly, and that’s where my cancer is. I know this really can’t be true, but I sometimes wonder if stress contributed to my getting ovarian cancer,’ says Leslie, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nine years ago. Leslie finds comfort in the art classes at The Gathering Place, funded in part by CAC, especially in the regular knitting support groups. The tactile, therapeutic nature of knitting helps her manage her fears about the future and her mortality. The scarves, hats, sweaters, vests, and socks she knits are gifts to family members and friends, and she hopes they will help them remember her, no matter what her future holds.

- Leslie, Cancer Survivor & Client

The Gathering Place


CAC funding enabled Karamu to launch a redesigned summer arts education program in 2017. Forty students utilized the theme of ‘porches’ to explore history and community. They interviewed residents about the perspective from their porches, described their own family’s use and memories of porches, and presented a culminating music, dance, vocal, and spoken word performance for their families and Fairfax community, about the stories they gathered. This program ties to our mission to produce professional theatre, provide arts education, and present community programs for all people while honoring the African-American experience.

- Tony F. Sias, President + CEO

Karamu House, Michelle Berki


Many of our girls come to our Summer of Sisterhood Camp with no experience in the performing arts, so their on-stage confidence is low. By the end of the camp, the girls have increased their self-esteem, communication skills, performance skills and confidence. I love watching them grow from being shy and insecure to vocal and courageous. Their ability to learn something new and flourish in it is spectacular.

- Ali McClain, Youth Services Director

West Side Community House, Donald Black Jr.


The audience for the Euclid Wind Fest has grown steadily over the years from about 750 participants in our inaugural year to around 3,500 in 2017. I have enjoyed helping children, and sometimes their parents, craft nifty wind chimes made from recycled old spoons and forks and strung on a wire frame. Like other aspects of the Euclid Wind Fest, this simple craft project encourages thinking about ‘waste’ - old, mis-matched silverware - differently, seeing it as an artistic asset.

- Barb Clint, Board of Trustees

Euclid Wind Festival


Each year, 40,000 people visit the Nature Center, including 15,000 children who participate in our educational programs. For many of these children, this is their first real exposure to nature. Our accessible trails and family programs also encourage families to reconnect with each other in an increasingly harried and digitized world. With all the things competing for their attention, we are always gratified to see that children still feel excitement when they spot wild animals or splash in streams.

- Kay Carlson, President and CEO

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Connecting Communities to Arts & Culture

1,864 grants

made since 2007

375 partners

funded to date

$170 million

total investment

Ohio City Inc., Photo: Katie Dike

make your next memory today

Visit our easy-to-use online events calendar, ClevelandArtsEvents.com to curate your next arts and culture experience. More than 20,250 events were listed on the site in 2017, and more than 60% were free of charge.

see the possibilities at ClevelandArtsEvents.com

The Cleveland Orchestra. Photo: Roger Mastroianni

LAND studio, Bob Perkoski

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Brite Winter, Ken Blaze

Campus District

Great Lakes Science Center, Anita Orenik

Cleveland Play House

Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Robert Muller

Morgan Conservatory, Jacqueline Bon

Cleveland Museum of Art

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