Arts & Culture

Arts in Your City, in Your Neighborhood

Advancing Arts in Your

Greater Cleveland harbors a vibrant arts scene, from iconic institutions in the city to grassroots groups right outside your door. Cleveland is a cultural destination—theater, visual art, music and dance abound. And now more than ever, more neighborhoods are feeling the reach of arts education and experiences.

The Cleveland Foundation has invested in our arts and cultural sector for decades, from helping rescue PlayhouseSquare’s theaters from demolition, to strengthening Cleveland’s iconic arts organizations, to advocating for funding for our arts and cultural groups, large and small, that enrich our community.

This year, your foundation:

  • Invested in neighborhood-based arts education
  • Connected local communities with global artists
  • Helped new generations and cultures better access the arts
  • Recognized diverse writers and their works

We also began to design a mastery-based arts education effort to make sure that children in every corner of Greater Cleveland can access high-quality visual and performing arts programs. By encouraging artistic potential and interest, we are developing the human brain and human spirit. It’s vital to the future of your community.

By the Numbers

In the first three quarters of 2015, the Cleveland Foundation has awarded 42 grants totaling more than $10.6 million to support arts & culture in Greater Cleveland.

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Did You Know?

By square foot in 2012, Cleveland’s arts and culture organizations could fill


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Awards and Recognition

Kathleen Cerveny, the Cleveland Foundation’s director of institutional learning and arts initiatives, retired in September 2015 after 24 years. Kathleen has had a deep impact on the arts and culture community, leading early efforts to ensure public funding for arts in Cleveland. She helped reintroduce the arts into Cleveland Public Schools, and launched the foundation’s Engaging the Future and Creative Fusion programs. Kathleen was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2014. Lillian Kuri, the foundation’s Program Director for Arts and Urban Design, will now direct our arts and culture initiatives.