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Minority Arts and Education Fund announces 2019 grant recipients

More than $350,000 awarded to 34 minority-led organizations to assist with capacity building

CLEVELAND, Feb. 28, 2019: The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF), a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation, has announced that a record 34 Greater Cleveland organizations will receive more than $350,000 in support of capacity-building and artist fellowships at their respective organizations for 2019.

Established in 1994, MAEF today strengthens and builds the capacity of organizations that promote the arts and cultures of communities of color and provides meaningful creative opportunities for artists of color. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000 for organizations that serve, engage in, and promote the arts and cultures – both traditional and new – of communities of African, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous and Middle Eastern descents.

For the first time, the Cleveland Foundation contributed to the normal annual disbursement from the fund after the MAEF board approved new guidelines that focus on providing resources to organizations led by people of color. In recognition of the need for equitable funding across systems, the foundation’s $200,000 grant allowed for the largest number of recipients in the fund’s history.

“As we mark the 25th anniversary of the program, the Fund board was extremely encouraged by the 50 percent increase in applicants,” said Courtenay Barton, Cleveland Foundation program manager for arts and culture. “While people of color make up 37 percent of our country, arts organizations led by and serving people of color receive only four percent of institutional funding. We believe increasing the dedicated financial resources available for arts organizations and artists of color will enrich, enliven and energize our region.”

MAEF is an endowed fund with assets of nearly $4 million that provides grantmaking in the local community from investment income. The 2019 grantees are included in the attached PDF and can also be found online.



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