Friday, November 20, 2015

Huge win for local arts council funding in Cleveland, Ohio

OHIO---The citizens of Cuyahoga County, OH, a perennial bellwether in presidential campaigns and home to the city of Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, overwhelmingly voted on November 3 to extend its robust public arts funding program for another 10 years. The Arts and Culture Levy is a penny-and-a-half per cigarette tax that was established in 2006 to provide a dedicated funding stream for Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the local arts agency. The Arts and Culture Levy, along with its $15 million in annual arts funding, was due to expire unless voters re-affirmed their support for it on the ballot--which they did, with an incredible 75 percent of the vote! The Arts Action Fund was proud to work with its local advocacy partners to help get out the vote during a traditional low-turnout election year. Bravo, Cuyahoga County! [link]