Advancing the Arts in Your Community

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Arts Advancement

A vibrant arts and cultural community has long been one of Cleveland’s greatest assets, and we are committed to supporting arts and cultural organizations of all sizes. We respond to the needs of these organizations, and we welcome grant requests. In 2017, we granted nearly $7.5 million toward 70 different arts & culture organizations.

We have created major initiatives to bolster the arts in our community. Together with our partners and donors, we work to build a world-class arts sector, support a climate that embraces working artists, and ensure that more neighborhoods have access to arts education and experiences. 

Arts & Culture Initiatives & Programs:

Creative Fusion

Creative Fusion is an international arts residency program that has brought more than 90 accomplished and emerging artists from around the world and from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland to work with a local arts nonprofit during a three-month residency. Learn more about the program.

Arts Mastery Education

We’re investing in arts mastery programs to ensure every child in Cleveland has access to high-quality arts programs in their neighborhoods. The foundation partners with organizations who deliver year-round, mastery-level arts training that allow youth to develop the qualities they need in adulthood. 

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Established in 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and diversity. Recently, it has grown into a year-round program that engages readers with the Anisfield-Wolf canon on campuses, at book festivals and on local trains. Learn more on the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards website.