Cultural Groups Awarded $12M By Cuyahoga Arts And Culture

File photo of Night Market Cleveland in AsiaTown.
File photo of Night Market Cleveland in AsiaTown. [Breanna Kulkin / Night Market Cleveland]

Local museums, theaters and other area arts non-profits will be sharing a little over $12 million in grant funding from cigarette-tax revenues distributed annually by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC). The awards were announced at a virtual meeting of the CAC board Tuesday. 

Sixty-five organizations will receive general operation support during 2021, from nearly $32,000 for Chagrin Valley Little Theater to $1.2 million for Playhouse Square. ideastream also receives operating support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Another 230 groups are receiving funding for special projects, in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Out of the nearly 300 recipients this year, there are 16 first-time awardees, including Night Market Cleveland in AsiaTown, the East Cleveland Farmers' Market Preservation Society and the RASHAD Center, devoted to studying religion and spirituality in the African diaspora.

Soon after the pandemic forced shutdowns across the region earlier this year, CAC acted to free-up funding for its recipients, by allowing for those funds to be distributed more quickly. Executive director Jill Paulsen said CAC is looking to keep such flexibility in the coming year’s funding cycle, also providing leeway for rescheduled events.

“We're all living through this pandemic and we know it's not going away tomorrow,” she said. “So, some groups may not be able to complete their grants next year. And that's okay, because we're most worried about how to keep people safe while doing arts and culture.”

In addition to awarding cigarette-tax funds for next year, the CAC board will also distribute $2,664,000 in federal CARES Act funds to arts and cultural non-profits before the end of this year from a special pool of money set aside by the county for COVID relief.

2021 Grants

The following organizations will receive funding through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s 2021 grant programs.

Grant Recipient

Grant Amount

Achievement Centers for Children


America Asian Pacific Islander Organization


America SCORES Cleveland


American Hungarian Friends of Scouting


Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra


Aradhana Committee


Art House


Art Song Festival


Art Therapy Studio


Artists Archives of the Western Reserve


Arts Cleveland


Arts in Strongsville


Arts Renaissance Tremont (ART)


Arts Without Borders*


ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership


Baldwin Wallace University


Baseball Heritage Museum


Bay Village Community Band




Beck Center for the Arts


Bedford Downtown Alliance


Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging


Berea Arts Fest


Big Creek Connects


Blazing River Freedom Band


Blue Streak Ensemble


BlueWater Chamber Orchestra


Bodwin Theatre Company




Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland


Brite Cleveland


Broadway School of Music and the Arts


Brooklyn Heights Service Clubs


Buck Out Foundation*


Burten, Bell, Carr Development


Campus District Inc.


Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation


Case Western Reserve University


Cassidy Theatre


Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland


Cavani String Quartet


Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District


Center for Arts-Inspired Learning


Cesear's Forum


Chagrin Documentary Film Festival


Chagrin Valley Little Theater


ChamberFest Cleveland


Children's Museum of Cleveland


Choral Arts Cleveland


City Ballet of Cleveland


CityMusic Cleveland


Cleveland Arts Prize


Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers


Cleveland Ballet


Cleveland Botanical Garden


Cleveland Chamber Choir


Cleveland Chamber Collective


Cleveland Chamber Music Society


Cleveland Chamber Symphony


Cleveland Classical Guitar Society


Cleveland Composers Guild


Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association


Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation


Cleveland Grays Armory Museum


Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center


Cleveland Inner City Ballet


Cleveland Institute of Art


Cleveland Institute of Music


Cleveland International Film Festival


Cleveland Jazz Orchestra


Cleveland Kids' Book Bank


Cleveland Leadership Center


Cleveland Museum of Art


Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Cleveland Opera Theater


Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra


Cleveland Play House


Cleveland POPS Orchestra


Cleveland Print Room


Cleveland Public Theatre


Cleveland Rape Crisis Center


Cleveland Restoration Society


Cleveland School of the Arts Board of Trustees


Cleveland Seed Bank


Cleveland Shakespeare Festival


Cleveland TOPS Swingband


Cleveland Treatment Center


Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project


Cleveland Women's Orchestra


Collective Arts Network




Comité Mexicano*


Community Cup Classic Foundation*


Connecting for Kids of Westlake  OH


Contemporary Youth Orchestra




Coventry Village Special Improvement District


Cudell Improvement


Cuyahoga River Restoration






Dancing Wheels


Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization


Djapo Cultural Arts Institute


Dobama Theatre


Downtown Cleveland Alliance




Dunham Tavern Museum


Earth and Air: String Orchestra


East Cleveland Farmers' Market Preservation Society*


Edward E. Parker Museum of Art


Eliza Bryant Village


ENCORE Chamber Music


Ensemble Theatre


Environmental Health Watch




Euclid Beach Park Now


Far West Center


Focus On Education




Foluke Cultural Arts


Food Strong


Friends of the East Cleveland Public Library


Friends of the McGaffin Carillon


From Me 2 U


FRONT International*


Front Steps Housing and Services


FrontLine Service




German Music Society


Golden Ciphers


Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble


Graffiti HeArt


Great Lakes Science Center


Great Lakes Theater


Greater Cleveland Film Commission


Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association


Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation


Greater Collinwood Development Corporation*


GroundWorks DanceTheater


Harvard Community Services Center


Hasani Management Inc


Heights Arts


Heights Youth Theatre


Hispanic Business Center


Hispanic Police Officers Association


Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation


Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation


Hospice of the Western Reserve


ICA - Art Conservation




In Education


India Fest USA




Inlet Dance Theatre


International Community Council


International Women's Air & Space Museum


Italian Cultural Garden


Jennings Center for Older Adults


Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland Ohio


Jewish Federation of Cleveland


Jones Road Family Development Corporation


Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School




Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center


Karamu House


Kulture Kids


Lake Erie Ink


Lake Erie Institute*


Lake Erie Native American Council


Lake Erie Nature & Science Center


Lake View Cemetery Foundation


Lakewood Historical Society


Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy*


LAND studio


Larchmere PorchFest


LatinUs Theater Company


Les Délices


Lexington-Bell Community Center


LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland


Literary Cleveland


Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation


Little Lumpy's Center for Educational Initiatives






Maelstrom Collaborative Arts


Malachi Center


Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage


Mandel JCC


May Dugan Center


Mercury Theatre Company


Merrick House


Metro West Community Development Organization*


MidTown Cleveland


Mojuba! Dance Collective


Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation


Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation


Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland


Music and Art at Trinity


Naach Di Cleveland


NAMI Greater Cleveland


Nature Center at Shaker Lakes


Near West Theatre


Negative Space Gallery


New Avenues to Independence


NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology


Night Market Cleveland*


No Exit


North Union Farmers Market


Northcoast Men's Chorus


Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH)


Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless


Notes for Notes


Notre Dame College


Ohio City Incorporated


Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation


Open Doors Academy


PALS for Healing


Parma Area Fine Arts Council


Parma Heights Historical Society


Piano Cleveland


Playhouse Square


Playwrights Local


Polish Village Parma


Praxis Fiber Workshop


Progressive Arts Alliance


Quire Cleveland


Rainey Institute


Reaching Heights


Refresh Collective


Restore Cleveland Hope


Roberto Ocasio Foundation


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


Rollin' Buckeyez


Roots of American Music




Schmooze Ohio*


Shaker Arts Council


Shaker Historical Society


Shore Cultural Centre


Slavic Village Development


Slovenian Museum and Archives


SOS: Strengthening Our Students




StandUP! For Change


Stellar Acrobatic Dance Academy


STV Bavaria


Suburban Symphony Orchestra


Symphony West Orchestra


Talespinner Children's Theatre


Tender Hearts Crusades


The City Club of Cleveland


The Cleveland Opera


The Cleveland Orchestra


The Gathering Place


The German Central*


The Harvard Square Center


The Movement Project


The Music Settlement


The Musical Theater Project


The RASHAD Center*


The Sculpture Center


The Singing Angels


The Trust for Public Land*


Thea Bowman Center


Transformer Station


Tremont West Development Corporation


Twelve Literary Arts




Ukrainian Museum-Archives


Underground Classical


University Hospitals (UH)


UpStage Players


Ursuline College


Valley Art Center


Verb Ballets


VIVA Bavaria*


Wake Up and Live's Actor's Studio


Waterloo Arts


West Creek Conservancy


West Park Kamm's Neighborhood Development


West Shore Chorale


West Side Catholic Center


West Side Community House


Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center


Western Reserve Historical Society


Western Reserve Land Conservancy


Westlake Chinese School


Westlake-Westshore Arts Council


Westown Community Development Corporation


Windsong, Cleveland's Feminist Chorus


Women in History


Woodland Cemetery Foundation of Cleveland


Youth Challenge


Zygote Press



*Denotes first time CAC grant recipient.

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