Effective advocacy is much more than a request for support. In fact, much of the time spent toward influencing public policy is devoted to listening. It is served best through regular contact with policy makers and other influencers throughout greater Cleveland. Rather than arts advocacy, which speaks to a specific type of activity, Arts Cleveland often speaks in terms of public policy or civic engagement. We ask community leaders about their priorities and pressing concerns of their constituents. In understanding these goals, we are better suited to articulate how arts and culture can be a supportive resource in their work.
Arts Cleveland, in turn encourages policy that recognizes arts and culture as an essential component of a strong community.
One direct result of the civic leadership and community response to supporting arts and culture is the Creative Workforce Fellowship. The program awarded $20,000 fellowships to 20 individual artists in Cuyahoga County each year from 2009-2014, and $15,000 awards to 40 artists in 2016. Watch the video to hear artists and former Fellows share their stories of what the investment has meant to them, as they continue to invest their talents and innovation back into the region. All this is made possible by the support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This video was also made possible with in-kind support from Paul Sobota Photography, Inc.