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Vote YES on ISSUE 8 November 3!

Click here to read a blog post by Beck Center's President & CEO Cindy Einhouse "Why Issue 8 Matters".

Cuyahoga County voters decided to invest in our community when they passed the historic Arts & Culture levy in 2006. This penny-and-a-half per cigarette tax has generated more than $15 million each year to support arts and culture treasures throughout Cuyahoga County.

Through grants distributed by the county agency Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), this public funding has been a vital part of Cleveland’s renaissance.

CAC funding has reached every corner of the county, supporting 300 organizations in nearly every community. The impact on education has been especially dynamic, with over 1.4 million annual experiences for children.

Our Arts & Culture sector is responsible for thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity, and plays a leading role in attracting millions of visitors to our region. The numbers show a clear benefit:

  • Every $1 generated by levy supports $21.43 in direct expenditures
  • Our arts and culture organizations provide more than $350 million in annual direct economic impact, including $150 million in salaries supporting thousands of jobs
  • Arts and culture organizations play a leading role in attracting millions of tourists and visitors to our region. In 2013 alone, Arts & Culture organizations served 5,939,681 residents and visitors

This November 3rd, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to continue their support for our Arts & Culture sector by renewing the Arts & Culture levy. This renewal won’t raise taxes or prices.

Visit to get involved, and please vote YES on Issue 8! Thank you.

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