Strong organizations are grounded in their mission, vision, and values — and we are no exception.
Planning for our future helped us see our need to focus on not only the groups we fund, but the residents that we ultimately serve. Our refreshed values help guide how we do our work, but also affirm our commitment to serving our community through everything we do.


To inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture.


All Cuyahoga County residents experience a meaningful cultural life.



We believe we can go farther together. We nurture the relationships that we have and actively seek out new partnerships that will enable us to better serve the entire population of the County.


We value continuous improvement and strive to bring a spirit of innovation and creativity to all of our work. Recognizing that stewardship of resources can require us to act boldly as well as thoughtfully, we actively seek out new opportunities in line with our values.


We recognize that our society is challenged to overcome a complex web of inequities, and we believe that CAC is responsible for operating with an awareness of legacies of privilege and power that have effects on opportunity, access and resources. This awareness will inform all of our policies and practices, including funding criteria, program development, hiring, and resident engagement.


We exist to support all of Cuyahoga County’s residents and strive to lead by listening and acting in partnership with our cultural partners and community residents.


We are accountable to all County residents for ensuring that resources – both human and financial – are managed prudently and to their best use now and for years to come.


We operate with integrity and strive to be worthy of the public’s trust. We operate transparently and openly, and we assume positive intent, actively seeking the best in each person and situation.


Images (from top) courtesy of Cleveland Print Room, Brite Winter, Valley Arts Center, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Beck Center for the Performing Arts