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Understanding the past to build the future

Today we released “Elevating the Influence of Arts and Culture.” 

Cover of Elevating the Influence of Arts and Culture

The playbook is a story of our recent local arts and cultural history with which some of us may be more familiar than others. And in a time when we all would like to look forward, the famous quote by George Santayana applies: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Categories: artsandhealth, creative intersections, creative placemaking, Neighborhoods, public policy, research, resources | comments

You'll want to hear this

"A strong arts and culture sector for a stronger community..." what does that mean to you? We have strong opinions as individuals, but one thing is clear; no matter what role you think arts and culture should play in our communities, those assets must be strong in order to perform any role at all. Megan Van Voorhis came out in full force last week to give you a flavor of her vision as our new president and CEO. That message was preceded by some incredible insights from two public leaders who care deeply about their communities and understand the unique roles arts and culture play in the lives of those they serve.

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Categories: advocacy, art therapy, Arts and Safety, Arts Education, artsandhealth, Economy, music therapy, Policy Makers, public policy | 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

Do you remember that time we all went down to City Hall?

When we talk with people about public policy and the arts at CPAC, it’s not unusual for that question to come up. ‘I do remember’, I say. ‘It was one of the first arts activities I was involved in when I came to Cleveland.’ Following on the heels of the City of Cleveland’s adoption of a live/work ordinance, Cleveland City Council adopted resolution No. 491-02 calling for an “Artists’ Summit and Exhibit for the purpose of promoting and supporting local Cleveland artists, underscoring their importance to this community and fostering cultural and artistic exchange and opportunities to all artists and citizens in the city.” We convened on Wednesday, May 15, 2002. It was significant because it was the first time that artists, arts and culture leadership and sector supporters assembled en masse at City Hall to talk about how to advance arts and culture in Cleveland. It was an exciting day for all those who experienced it. A report was issued from the proceedings, a second summit was held in October of that year, and that was it. Fifteen years later, people still look back on that moment fondly, but then they say, what happened from all of that?

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The Federal Tax Bill…And Us.

Over the weekend, a tax reform bill was passed by the U.S. Senate. Now, a conference committee has been charged with reconciling that bill with one previously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The objective is to produce a bill that the President can sign before December 25. There are a number of provisions that affect those of us working in nonprofits and public service. The Arts Action Fund has a helpful analysis of the bills and how the arts could be affected. We wanted to make sure that you are aware of a few of those provisions and to provide you with some resources to find out more information.

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Categories: advocacy, public policy, tax | comments

15 Notes On Accessible Communications

VSAOhio and Services for Independent Living presented to a group of arts and culture administrators on accessibility in marketing and communications. There was so much information condensed into the time frame, I couldn't possibly share it all here. I did, however, take away a few simple practices that can quickly be put into practice.

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Integrating the Arts - Chicago's Ingenuity

A few weeks ago, Valerie and I had the opportunity to attend a presentation put on by the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium with guest speaker Nicole Losurdo Upton from Ingenuity. Ingenuity is an advocacy organization that has been working with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, certified teachers, students, parents and Chicago’s arts and culture community to ensure excellence in arts education for every student in Chicago’s Public Schools. Ms. Upton spoke on Ingenuity’s process on integrating the arts back into Chicago Public Schools through the CPS Arts Education Plan, a plan designed to bring the arts to every student, in every grade, in every school. Ingenuity started in 2011, and has since made strong progress in increasing the percentage of Chicago Public Schools that have arts programs.

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Categories: advocacy, Artists, Arts Education, creative intersections, Education, evaluate, public policy | comments

Support Our Quality of Life Partners

Cellist Paul Kushious engaged pediatric patients and pre-school children from a neighboring day care for 60 minutes in the children’s area. Photo courtesy of MetroHealth

"Quality of life" is a term many use to describe one of the public values produced by Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector. On November 3, 2015 Cuyahoga County voters expressed their deep appreciation for the quality of life that stems from our county’s arts and culture organizations and artists. This appreciation was evident when they overwhelmingly voted to renew county-wide funding for arts and culture. Clearly arts and culture is not the only community asset that contributes to quality of life. On March 15, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to consider renewing public sector funding for another valuable community force that contributes to “quality of life” through Issue 23, the health and human services levy. The health and human services field is every bit as much about improving quality of life as we are in the field of arts and culture. In fact many of those organizations employ art and music therapists and engage in arts and cultural activities and partnerships.

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Categories: artsandhealth, ballot measure, creative minds in medicine, Health, issues, public official, public policy, Roundtable | comments

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