MXO ‘The Arts Unplugged’: Cultural Groups Awarded $12M By Cuyahoga Arts And Culture!, By David C. Barnett, Posted December 8th 2020

Local museums, theaters and other area arts non-profits will be sharing a little over $12 million in grant funding from cigarette-tax revenues distributed annually by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC). The awards were announced at a virtual meeting of the CAC board Tuesday. 

Sixty-five organizations will receive general operation support during 2021, from nearly $32,000 for Chagrin Valley Little Theater to $1.2 million for Playhouse Square. ideastream also receives operating support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Another 230 groups are receiving funding for special projects, in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Out of the nearly 300 recipients this year, there are 16 first-time awardees, including Night Market Cleveland in AsiaTown, the East Cleveland Farmers’ Market Preservation Society and the RASHAD Center, devoted to studying religion and spirituality in the African diaspora.

Soon after the pandemic forced shutdowns across the region earlier this year, CAC acted to free-up funding for its recipients, by allowing for those funds to be distributed more quickly. Executive director Jill Paulsen said CAC is looking to keep such flexibility in the coming year’s funding cycle, also providing leeway for rescheduled events.

“We’re all living through this pandemic and we know it’s not going away tomorrow,” she said. “So, some groups may not be able to complete their grants next year. And that’s okay, because we’re most worried about how to keep people safe while doing arts and culture.”

In addition to awarding cigarette-tax funds for next year, the CAC board will also distribute $2,664,000 in federal CARES Act funds to arts and cultural non-profits before the end of this year from a special pool of money set aside by the county for COVID relief.

2021 Grants

The following organizations will receive funding through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s 2021 grant programs.

Grant Recipient Grant Amount
Achievement Centers for Children $​5,000
America Asian Pacific Islander Organization $​4,000
America SCORES Cleveland $​15,960
American Hungarian Friends of Scouting $​8,883
Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra $​104,031
Aradhana Committee $​22,500
Art House $​19,641
Art Song Festival $​4,000
Art Therapy Studio $​45,545
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve $​23,401
Arts Cleveland $​54,131
Arts in Strongsville $​5,000
Arts Renaissance Tremont (ART) $​4,000
Arts Without Borders* $​4,000
ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership $​4,000
Baldwin Wallace University $​21,000
Baseball Heritage Museum $​5,000
Bay Village Community Band $​2,800
BAYarts $​57,017
Beck Center for the Arts $​129,016
Bedford Downtown Alliance $​5,000
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging $​5,000
Berea Arts Fest $​5,000
Big Creek Connects $​2,000
Blazing River Freedom Band $​1,050
Blue Streak Ensemble $​4,000
BlueWater Chamber Orchestra $​13,958
Bodwin Theatre Company $​5,000
BorderLight $​4,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland $​21,400
Brite Cleveland $​23,000
Broadway School of Music and the Arts $​19,553
Brooklyn Heights Service Clubs $​4,000
Buck Out Foundation* $​5,000
Burten, Bell, Carr Development $​4,000
Campus District Inc. $​4,000
Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation $​12,995
Case Western Reserve University $​5,000
Cassidy Theatre $​18,407
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland $​4,000
Cavani String Quartet $​10,682
Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District $​5,000
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning $​95,371
Cesear’s Forum $​4,000
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival $​22,333
Chagrin Valley Little Theater $​31,854
ChamberFest Cleveland $​20,550
Children’s Museum of Cleveland $​69,804
Choral Arts Cleveland $​5,000
City Ballet of Cleveland $​4,000
CityMusic Cleveland $​19,333
Cleveland Arts Prize $​19,333
Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers $​4,000
Cleveland Ballet $​20,083
Cleveland Botanical Garden $​193,947
Cleveland Chamber Choir $​5,000
Cleveland Chamber Collective $​4,000
Cleveland Chamber Music Society $​14,280
Cleveland Chamber Symphony $​5,000
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society $​23,083
Cleveland Composers Guild $​5,000
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association $​14,006
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation $​11,144
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum $​4,000
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center $​5,000
Cleveland Inner City Ballet $​5,000
Cleveland Institute of Art $​548,585
Cleveland Institute of Music $​547,099
Cleveland International Film Festival $​151,398
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra $​27,492
Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank $​3,000
Cleveland Leadership Center $​5,000
Cleveland Museum of Art $​936,686
Cleveland Museum of Natural History $​492,147
Cleveland Opera Theater $​22,333
Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra $​5,000
Cleveland Play House $​313,809
Cleveland POPS Orchestra $​62,803
Cleveland Print Room $​23,083
Cleveland Public Theatre $​104,107
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center $​5,000
Cleveland Restoration Society $​71,797
Cleveland School of the Arts Board of Trustees $​23,500
Cleveland Seed Bank $​5,000
Cleveland Shakespeare Festival $​4,000
Cleveland TOPS Swingband $​5,000
Cleveland Treatment Center $​18,918
Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project $​5,000
Cleveland Women’s Orchestra $​4,000
Collective Arts Network $​16,501
CollectivExpress $​4,000
Comité Mexicano* $​4,000
Community Cup Classic Foundation* $​5,000
Connecting for Kids of Westlake  OH $​5,000
Contemporary Youth Orchestra $​29,216
convergence-continuum $​7,849
Coventry Village Special Improvement District $​5,000
Cudell Improvement $​5,000
Cuyahoga River Restoration $​5,000
DANCECleveland $​48,961
Dancing Wheels $​37,315
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization $​9,849
Djapo Cultural Arts Institute $​5,000
Dobama Theatre $​45,877
Downtown Cleveland Alliance $​22,188
DuffyLit $​11,889
Dunham Tavern Museum $​20,370
Earth and Air: String Orchestra $​4,000
East Cleveland Farmers’ Market Preservation Society* $​3,000
Edward E. Parker Museum of Art $​5,000
Eliza Bryant Village $​5,000
ENCORE Chamber Music $​22,583
Ensemble Theatre $​14,201
Environmental Health Watch $​19,366
Esperanza $​5,000
Euclid Beach Park Now $​4,000
Far West Center $​5,000
Focus On Education $​5,000
Folknet $​3,200
Foluke Cultural Arts $​7,993
Food Strong $​5,000
Friends of the East Cleveland Public Library $​4,000
Friends of the McGaffin Carillon $​5,000
From Me 2 U $​5,000
FRONT International* $​5,000
Front Steps Housing and Services $​5,000
FrontLine Service $​4,980
FutureHeights $​5,000
German Music Society $​1,800
Golden Ciphers $​5,000
Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble $​5,000
Graffiti HeArt $​4,000
Great Lakes Science Center $​250,265
Great Lakes Theater $​181,437
Greater Cleveland Film Commission $​5,000
Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association $​19,688
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation $​13,751
Greater Collinwood Development Corporation* $​5,000
GroundWorks DanceTheater $​44,633
Harvard Community Services Center $​5,000
Hasani Management Inc $​5,000
Heights Arts $​25,111
Heights Youth Theatre $​18,060
Hispanic Business Center $​4,000
Hispanic Police Officers Association $​5,000
Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation $​5,000
Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation $​7,380
Hospice of the Western Reserve $​23,418
ICA – Art Conservation $​80,198
ideastream $​618,996
In Education $​4,000
India Fest USA $​4,000
Ingenuity $​37,379
Inlet Dance Theatre $​25,634
International Community Council $​5,000
International Women’s Air & Space Museum $​5,000
Italian Cultural Garden $​4,000
Jennings Center for Older Adults $​9,694
Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland Ohio $​5,000
Jewish Federation of Cleveland $​20,350
Jones Road Family Development Corporation $​13,225
Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School $​5,000
Judson $​21,400
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center $​12,461
Karamu House $​90,349
Kulture Kids $​5,000
Lake Erie Ink $​24,076
Lake Erie Institute* $​5,000
Lake Erie Native American Council $​5,000
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center $​77,226
Lake View Cemetery Foundation $​4,000
Lakewood Historical Society $​12,674
Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy* $​3,993
LAND studio $​157,993
Larchmere PorchFest $​5,000
LatinUs Theater Company $​5,000
Les Délices $​22,250
Lexington-Bell Community Center $​15,160
LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland $​5,000
Literary Cleveland $​15,016
Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation $​3,600
Little Lumpy’s Center for Educational Initiatives $​5,000
LYLESART $​4,000
M.U.S.i.C. $​8,833
Maelstrom Collaborative Arts $​9,205
Malachi Center $​4,500
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage $​132,993
Mandel JCC $​22,333
May Dugan Center $​5,000
Mercury Theatre Company $​22,400
Merrick House $​4,000
Metro West Community Development Organization* $​5,000
MidTown Cleveland $​7,075
Mojuba! Dance Collective $​5,000
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation $​24,830
Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation $​5,000
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland $​139,190
Music and Art at Trinity $​12,810
Naach Di Cleveland $​5,000
NAMI Greater Cleveland $​5,000
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes $​73,567
Near West Theatre $​60,049
Negative Space Gallery $​5,000
New Avenues to Independence $​4,354
NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology $​22,750
Night Market Cleveland* $​5,000
No Exit $​4,000
North Union Farmers Market $​5,000
Northcoast Men’s Chorus $​25,341
Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH) $​4,000
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless $​5,000
Notes for Notes $​5,000
Notre Dame College $​14,615
Ohio City Incorporated $​4,000
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation $​5,000
Open Doors Academy $​22,833
PALS for Healing $​5,000
Parma Area Fine Arts Council $​2,000
Parma Heights Historical Society $​4,000
Piano Cleveland $​56,170
Playhouse Square $​1,164,989
Playwrights Local $​6,727
Polish Village Parma $​5,000
Praxis Fiber Workshop $​18,996
Progressive Arts Alliance $​49,127
Quire Cleveland $​5,000
Rainey Institute $​79,915
Reaching Heights $​5,000
Refresh Collective $​5,000
Restore Cleveland Hope $​2,500
Roberto Ocasio Foundation $​4,000
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum $​748,681
Rollin’ Buckeyez $​5,000
Roots of American Music $​20,873
Sankofa $​5,000
Schmooze Ohio* $​2,000
Shaker Arts Council $​5,000
Shaker Historical Society $​13,475
Shore Cultural Centre $​7,264
Slavic Village Development $​11,497
Slovenian Museum and Archives $​5,000
SOS: Strengthening Our Students $​5,000
SPACES $​34,197
StandUP! For Change $​5,000
Stellar Acrobatic Dance Academy $​5,000
STV Bavaria $​4,000
Suburban Symphony Orchestra $​4,000
Symphony West Orchestra $​4,000
Talespinner Children’s Theatre $​17,459
Tender Hearts Crusades $​5,000
The City Club of Cleveland $​21,765
The Cleveland Opera $​16,693
The Cleveland Orchestra $​1,045,644
The Gathering Place $​5,000
The German Central* $​4,000
The Harvard Square Center $​4,000
The Movement Project $​4,000
The Music Settlement $​180,052
The Musical Theater Project $​43,848
The RASHAD Center* $​5,000
The Sculpture Center $​16,624
The Singing Angels $​29,610
The Trust for Public Land* $​5,000
Thea Bowman Center $​5,000
Transformer Station $​19,418
Tremont West Development Corporation $​6,519
Twelve Literary Arts $​5,000
UCI $​18,998
Ukrainian Museum-Archives $​15,280
Underground Classical $​5,000
University Hospitals (UH) $​20,800
UpStage Players $​5,000
Ursuline College $​5,000
Valley Art Center $​33,940
Verb Ballets $​39,864
VIVA Bavaria* $​5,000
Wake Up and Live’s Actor’s Studio $​4,000
Waterloo Arts $​20,910
West Creek Conservancy $​4,000
West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development $​4,500
West Shore Chorale $​5,000
West Side Catholic Center $​5,000
West Side Community House $​21,918
Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center $​4,000
Western Reserve Historical Society $​216,835
Western Reserve Land Conservancy $​4,000
Westlake Chinese School $​5,000
Westlake-Westshore Arts Council $​2,230
Westown Community Development Corporation $​5,000
Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus $​2,500
Women in History $​5,000
Woodland Cemetery Foundation of Cleveland $​4,000
Youth Challenge $​5,000
Zygote Press $​29,743

*Denotes first time CAC grant recipient.