Opinion: Investments in artists pay dividends for regional economy

Source: Crain’s Cleveland Forum

Date: August 28, 2023

Abstract: Arts and culture play an outsized role in the economic and social vibrancy of Greater Cleveland. Some $9.1 billion is generated annually by Northeast Ohio’s creative economy industry — a mix of nonprofits, cultural businesses and individual artists — according to pre-pandemic research from Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

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Executive Ronayne names 2 new members to RTA board

Source: Cleveland.com

Date: July 25, 2023


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne on Tuesday recommended reappointing one member and adding two new members to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees. He nominated Deidre McPherson and Stephen Love to serve and recommended reappointing lifelong board member Karen Moss to keep her seat.

Assembly for the Arts awards grants for art in redlined communities

Source: ideastream

Date: July 17, 2023


Assembly For the Arts has announced 16 artists are receiving grants to create work in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Each award of $6,250 is for projects in redlined communities which traditionally lack arts investment. Artists will also receive professional development opportunities and support from Assembly for the Arts, an advocacy group for arts and culture in the region.

Some of the projects receiving support include an ice cream truck that’s been converted into a portable recording studio and an elderly visual artist whose work focuses on the impact of domestic violence. The grants are drawn from $140,000 in Cuyahoga Arts & Culture funding.

“You’re going to see neighborhoods that we don’t always associate with arts and culture,” said Assembly President Jeremy Johnson. Calling the areas “potential-bound,” he said that many of the artists have been living and working in the neighborhoods for years.

“I don’t want to say we’re bringing arts to communities,” he said. “We are ‘surfacing’ arts and culture that’s already there and helping it blossom even more.”

Cleveland Institute of Art student’s mural selected for Cleveland Foundation’s MidTown Collaboration Center

CLEVELAND—Cleveland Institute of Art student Aniyah King’s “Growth From Within,” a mural that symbolizes growth and progress in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood and represents Hough residents’ pride and passion, will be installed at the Cleveland Foundation’s MidTown Collaboration Center when it opens in 2025.

In fall 2022, Cleveland Foundation asked CIA and Assembly for the Arts to lead a collaborative design project for a mural that would benefit the Hough community, CIA students and MidTown Collaboration Center stakeholders.

CIA devised a faculty-led project within an existing class taken by students representing multiple majors, and Assembly for the Arts organized a committee that would choose the final mural design through a transparent selection process.

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Cleveland names Rhonda K. Brown its first arts czar

Source: ideastream

Date: June 15, 2023


Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announced Thursday the city’s first senior strategist for arts, culture and the creative economy.

Shaker Heights native Rhonda K. Brown most recently served as president at the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation. The Ohio State University graduate previously held development roles at Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and Museum of Science and Industry. An artist herself, her parents founded the first for-profit, Black-owned fine art gallery in the country in 1980 in Shaker Heights.

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Ohio could reverse course on potential Cuyahoga County vape tax, allow higher tax on cigarettes

Source: Cleveland.com

Date: June 26, 2023


COLUMBUS, Ohio—State lawmakers are considering rolling back a recent state law designed to raise more money from Cuyahoga County’s cigarette tax, though they’re seeking a replacement plan that could bring in even more revenue by allowing an increase in the tax rate itself.

Read full article here: https://www.cleveland.com/news/2023/06/ohio-could-reverse-course-on-potential-cuyahoga-county-vape-tax-allow-higher-tax-on-cigarettes.html

This Saturday, Bike Your Neighborhood kicks off new community cycling rides

Source: The Land

Date: June 1, 2023


Bob Render, a longtime resident of E. 128th St. between Buckeye and Drexmore Roads in Buckeye-Shaker Square, saw something happen in his neighborhood a few years ago that he couldn’t remember experiencing before.

“Two years ago, I’m down here pulling weeds and I see these folks on bikes coming down the street,” he said. “Well, I didn’t know who they were until they got a little closer, and then I realized it was Tim Tramble, Indigo Bishop, and Peter Whitt, the senior staff of the Saint Luke’s Foundation, and some of the people they funded. I said, ‘Boy, aren’t you a sight for sore eyes. I can’t remember ever seeing a president or CEO of a foundation, any foundation in Cleveland, on a bike ride in the neighborhood.’” …

…Deidre McPherson, who by day works as chief community officer for Assembly for the Arts and by night is an avid cyclist and cycling promoter, is one of the organizers behind Bike Your Neighborhood. She told Harry Boomer of WOIO Channel 19 why she loves Slow Roll events. “It’s a really beautiful experience, we ride through neighborhoods, spread bike joy, and inspire people to move,” she said….

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Cleveland creatives boost arts entrepreneurship as city looks to pump up arts economy

Source: The Land

Date: April 25, 2023


It’s a cliche that artists can’t make a living, but Cleveland creatives are ramping up efforts to help each other avoid that fate. As the city prepares to use a $250,000 Cleveland Foundation grant to hire a full-time senior strategist for arts, culture and creative economy to help foster an arts economy here, local artists are working to boost the entrepreneurial power of their creative community.

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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approves $20,000 for feedback on artist funding

Source: Ideastream Public Media | By Kabir Bhatia

Date: April 19, 2023


Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) has seen contentious discussion at its recent meetings about how it distributes funding for artists with revenue from a cigarette tax. Currently, it provides money to four nonprofits, which then distribute the funding to artists. Now, CAC has approved $20,000 for one of those nonprofits, Assembly for the Arts, to hold listening sessions on the topic.

“This proposal is a move in the right direction, where Assembly can do what it was created to do: Be a unifying force for all the creative economy of our region,” said Assembly CEO Jeremy Johnson.

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At a fiery meeting, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture moves toward outsourcing a controversial grant program to Assembly for the Arts

Source: Steven Litt, cleveland.com

Date: April 20, 2023


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the public agency that collects and distributes cigarette tax money for the arts across the county, appears to be moving toward offloading the management of a controversial grant program for individual artists.

During a fiery board meeting Wednesday at the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library downtown, the CAC board voted to award a $20,000 grant to the nonprofit Assembly for the Arts, Greater Cleveland’s new arts council, to “refresh’’ earlier research from 2017 about how best to provide grants to individual artists.

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