A vibrant arts and cultural community has long been one of Cleveland’s greatest assets. Together with our partners and donors, we work to ensure Greater Cleveland enjoys abundance, equity and excellence in arts and culture.
In light of the pandemic, the Cleveland Foundation is focusing on assisting organizations that preserve core functions of our vital arts and culture sector. Understanding the foundation does not have the resources to fill the revenue gaps created by the last year, our staff will pay particular attention to innovative steps that meet the crises and use the disruption to further racial equity. We will re-evaluate this strategy in June 2021.
Since 2008, the Cleveland Foundation has brought more than 90 accomplished or rapidly rising artists from around the world to Cleveland as part of the Creative Fusion international arts residency program. Beginning in 2016, the program strengthened collaboration between local Cleveland artists and the visiting artists by focusing each Creative Fusion cohort along a theme. 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 that deliver year-round, mastery-level arts training to help youth 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 across the country, including via the 2020 documentary and a podcast with winners called the Asterisk. Learn more on the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards website.
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