For the past century, our region’s quality of life has been made stronger through the presence of a strong and diverse arts and culture ecosystem that includes both the tremendous museums of University Circle as well as neighborhood-based, volunteer run arts organizations. And yet, the benefits of that quality of life are not shared equitably throughout our community.
How can the arts help address that issue? What is the role for of all types of arts and culture organizations in building a more vibrant community that reaches the broadest possible cross-section of area residents? How can arts and culture organizations and artists act as tools for community change without compromising artistic integrity? And how can these organizations continue to evolve their work and build meaningful relationships with diverse constituents, particularly as they are supported by the tax money that they receive from our community? Join Karen Gahl-Mills, executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Dean Lind for a lively conversation about the intersection of arts, culture and community and what it means for Cleveland’s future.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is the local public funder of arts and culture activities in Cleveland. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $125 million into more than 300 organizations who serve millions of area residents. A former orchestra manager turned grantmaker and teacher, Gahl-Mills has worked passionately throughout her 25-year career to connect the talents of arts and culture organizations with the needs of the community. She holds a bachelor of music degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; and she still makes music, singing regularly in the community choir at Oberlin College.