Cuyahoga Arts & Culture awards grants to Heights organizations

On Nov. 13, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced that it will invest over 12 million dollars in grants to a record-number 258 nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga County through its 2018 grant programs. The grant awards include $376,459 to 20 Heights-based organizations, which may not be surprising given that the city of Cleveland Heights bills itself as “home to the arts.” 

Four of the 20 Heights organizations are based at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus: Lake Erie Ink, Ensemble Theatre, FutureHeights and Reaching Heights.

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture congratulates our 2018 grant recipients,” said Joseph P. Gibbons, president of CAC’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to be investing these public dollars to connect residents to vibrant and diverse arts and cultural experiences throughout the next year.”

CAC made the grants through its 2018 Project Support (PSI and PSII) and its 2018 General Operating Support programs. Organizations eligible for operating support are 501(c)3 nonprofits that have a primary mission of arts or culture and have been in operation for more than three years. Five Heights-based organizations will receive operating support for 2018: Apollo’s Fire, $100,916; Heights Arts, $24,303; Dobama Theatre, $37,954; Roots of American Music, $22,370; and Lake Erie Ink, $25,027.

Organizations that conduct specific arts or cultural programs that benefit the community, whose primary mission may or may not be exclusively arts and culture, are eligible for PSI or PSII grants, based on the size of their budget related to arts and culture projects. PSI grants are awarded in amounts up to $30,000. PSII grants are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

Six Heights-based organizations will receive PSI grants for 2018: ChamberFest Cleveland, $27,249, for its “Season Seven: Freedom & Justice;” CityMusic Cleveland, $30,000, for “Two Faiths, One Spirit;” Cleveland Chamber Music Society, $14,940, for “The Complete Beethoven Piano Trios in Back-to-Back Evenings;” Ensemble Theatre, $16,341, for “Who are we, the people? A Cleveland dialogue on major themes in Kushner's epic ‘Angels in America’;” Heights Youth Theatre, $16,709, for “The Journey Home;” and Kulture Kids, $17,650, for “A.J. Rickoff is the Place: A Community with VIBRANT GREEN SPACE!.”

Nine Heights-based organizations will receive PSII grants for 2018: Blue Streak Ensemble; $5,000, for its “Voice of the Lake” program; Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District, $4,000, for its annual festival; Coventry Village Special Improvement District, $5,000, for its annual summer series; DJAPO Cultural Arts Institute, $5,000, for its 9th annual Cleveland African Dance & Drum Festival; FiveOneMusic, $4,000, for its “Music of Other Worlds” program; NO EXIT New Music Association, $5,000, for Cleveland Composers Concert Series; FutureHeights, $5,000, for its annual Heights Music Hop event; Playwrights Local 4181, $5,000, for the Double-Bill Theater Production of one-act plays by Faye Sholiton and Robert Hawkes; and Reaching Heights, $5,000, for its summer music camp program.

CAC was approved by Cuyahoga County voters in 2006 and, since 2007, CAC has invested $170 million in 375 organizations presenting arts and cultural activities in Cuyahoga County. For more information, visit

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 11:52 AM, 11.21.2017