Over the past four years, the Choral Arts Society of Cleveland received more than $16,000 in support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, which has helped us bring several musical premieres to our Cleveland audiences: Jerusalem-Yerushalayim by Antony Pitts, Requiem by William Godfree, and Annelies by James Whitbourn. Having both artistic and educational components, these projects are some of the many throughout Cuyahoga County that strengthen our community and enrich the quality of life in our neighborhoods for people of all ages. Because CAC has assisted in these projects, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about this extremely important funding partner.
The financial support received from the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has helped Choral Arts fulfill its mission of entertaining and educating it membership and its audiences. First, we have been able to introduce singers and audiences to contemporary composers like Antony Pitts, William Godfree, James Whitbourn, and Bob Chilcott, composers whose pieces have enticed singers and audiences out of the ordinary choral repertoire into music that has been accessible, exciting, and moving. Second, CAC grants have enabled us to engage first-class soloists for our projects. Third, we have been able to effect historical awareness through pieces like Jerusalem-Yerushalayim and, most recently, Annelies (an oratorio based on excerpts from the Diary of Anne Frank). Also, projects such as Annelies have addressed serious issues facing humanity. These results mean that financial support from CAC has helped Choral Arts deepen its mission of benefiting the community of which we are a part.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is the public funder of arts and culture organizations, programs and events in Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s sole funding source is a dedicated cigarette tax levied within Cuyahoga County. Established by voters in 2007, CAC has awarded over 1,200 grants since then, distributing over $125 million in tax dollars to more than 300 organizations based in the County. Renewal of this funding source will be on the ballot this Fall on November 3 for voters to consider.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about this important source of public funding and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture by visiting their website: cacgrants.org.