By Sue Botos
Four Rocky River-based organizations have been chosen as recipients of grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).
At a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Pam Bobst announced that 139 groups throughout the county had been awarded a total of nearly $2 million in funds from CAC, the mission of which, according to its website, is “to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture.”
The Rocky River Senior Center was awarded $3,850 for its STARRS (Second Thursday At Rocky River Seniors) Program, which brings in various speakers. The Rocky River Public Library received $2,138 for its On Stage In River program. The series has hosted such offerings as Verb Ballet and the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. In addition, the Rocky River-based West Shore Chorale won $8,547 for its upcoming production of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. The One World Shop on Detroit Road was awarded $4,065 for its Discovery World Artisans and Support Trade Fair.
Bobst noted that Rocky River was the only community to have four organizations that were given grants.
Approved by voters in 2006, CAC has invested more than $97 million in 237 organizations countywide for the presentation of arts and cultural programs. Funded through public tax dollars, Cuyahoga Arts’ vision is to “help build stronger, more resilient organizations, create vibrant and energetic neighborhoods infused with culture, and establish Cuyahoga County as a hub of creative activity and a destination for artists.”
Applications for 2014 grants were received from 153 organizations from communities throughout the county. A series of panel review meetings was held throughout October and were open to the public for observation. During these sessions, panels consisting of arts and culture experts from outside of Northeast Ohio reviewed and scored the applications at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare. Final results and grant amounts were announced at a meeting of CAC’s Board of Trustees on Nov. 14 at the Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights.
This was the first year that the library and senior center had applied for grants. “We are delighted to receive this funding to help support our thriving On Stage In River series of performing arts projects,” commented Rocky River Public Library Director Nick Cronin. “Joining Cuyahoga Arts and Culture as our cultural partner gives us the ability to continue to inspire and entertain the community with quality programs,” he added.
Senior center Director Carole Calladine added that this was the first year for her organization applied as well. Aside from funding speakers and other presentations for the STARRS program, the grant money will be used for costumes and other materials for Play Readers productions.