Case Study: Cuyahoga County

Host: Andy Goh
Jill Paulsen, President and CEO of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Jake Sinatra, Manager – Special Projects & Communications, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Edna Duffy, Artistic Director, Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble
Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone, representing Ward 15


In researching the proposed one-quarter of a cent sales tax increase to stabilize the arts and cultural sector, the Arts & Science Council looked at similar municipalities to learn from what did or did not work in the past. That research lead them to Cuyahoga County, OH, or the greater Cleveland area.

In 2006, Cuyahoga County voted to fund their arts and cultural sector through a 30 cent per pack tax on cigarettes. The tax was renewed in 2015 with a near unanimous 85-15 vote.

In this episode of the Culture For All Podcast, host Andy Goh talks to arts leaders in Cuyahoga Co. to learn from their experience using public funds. You’ll hear from Jill Paulsen, the President and CEO of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture; Megan Van Voorhis, President of Arts Cleveland, twenty-year city councilman Matt Zone, and several others.

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