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Arts Learning and Education Research: What Are We Up To?

As you might have seen in the flurry of communication about all things new for us (new name, new strategic plan, new logo, new set of work imperatives), Arts Cleveland is also igniting a new focus on the arts learning and education ecosystem. This is exciting work, but anyone who works in this field, knows it’s a monstrous area of study, with lots of players, variables and unknowns.

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Categories: Arts Education, community, research, strategic planning, teaching | comments

On the Subject of Navel Gazing

What’s one of the best ways to find out what someone needs? Ask them.

Community conversations are a bit on trend these days, which we think is a good thing (asking people what they need instead of telling them what they need seems like a super idea for obvious reasons). Back in February of this year, we launched 4 public planning conversations to help inform our organizational direction. But CPAC isn’t the only organization going out into the field recently to collect community feedback on organizational work and practices. We’ve seen Gordon Square Arts District, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Cleveland Foundation all using similar methods to direct what they do and how they do it.

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Categories: advocacy, audience, connections, Education, funding, partnership, public policy, strategic planning | comments

Your 2017 Gift Guide to Cleveland Artist Amazingness

What better way to find last minute, local gift options for those you love than by looking to the Cleveland artist and maker community! From pop-up makers markets to uncommon books, performance tickets and classes, our local creatives offer an amazing array of handcrafted items and experiences to share. This list features only a fraction of the artists and arts organizations we have locally, so don’t hesitate to send us more ideas and get creative yourself in how you think about spending this holiday season.

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We’re Planning for CPAC’s Future and We Need Your Input!

It’s hard to believe that CPAC is celebrating 20 years of service to the region this year! As we reflect on the past and look toward our future, we’re interested in your thoughts and ideas. What is your take on Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector? What’s needed today and what role should CPAC play? How have we gotten it right? How can we improve?

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Categories: strategic planning | comments

7 Excellent (and Free!) Resources for Artists You Didn't Know Existed (With Bonus 8th Resource!)

Alright, you may know some of these existed, (artists are resourceful people, after all) but I found them to be so useful, I couldn’t resist sharing. Here at CPAC we are on the never-ending quest to locate and share the best resources we can find for artists. There’s no disputing it, sustaining yourself as an artist is a challenging job. Whether you’re looking for business advice, help with money or time management, artist residencies or just some encouragement from other creatives making it work, we aim to provide as much support around you and your creative practice as possible. There is a lot of help out there! But sometimes knowing where to look first is half the battle. Keep making. Keep doing. We’re here to help.

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5 Things Artists Should Know About Getting Insured

No doubt about it, health insurance is a great thing to have. Unfortunately, navigating the world of health care can be overwhelming, intimidating and downright weird. The emergence of the Affordable Care Act has opened up a lot of opportunities for folks to get insured and get the care they deserve, but even with this new system there are still a lot of questions and uncertainties floating around. Luckily, you’re reading this blog. Here are a few tips you artists (or anyone really) should keep in mind when getting serious about getting covered.

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Categories: Artists, Health, health insurance, Money, resources | comments

I Hate Numbers

I hate numbers. I have always hated numbers. Story problems make my toes curl; asking me to do addition typically elicits a blank stare and a long ‘Uhhhhmmmm…’ before someone else eventually answers. My method of measuring things like wood and paper, involves a well-developed technique I like to call eyeballing, so as to avoid dealing with a ruler, tape measure, or, god-forbid, fractions. Recently I’ve found myself in the presence of things like statistics and data.

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Categories: Artists, Cleveland, research, Visual | comments

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