Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)

About Us

The arts transform our lives. The arts help us discover who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go. Evidence gathered nationally and locally indicates that the arts are essential in learning, critical in teaching and necessary in building vibrant communities.

The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium’s (CAEC) mission is to work at as partnership to promote and strengthen art education in Northeast Ohio and advocate on behalf of arts learning for people of all ages and circumstances.

In-residence at Cleveland State University in the Center for Arts and Innovation in the Music Department of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, CAEC convenes members and affiliates on the CSU campus and in the community to address critical issues in arts education, presents collaborative community events, and undertakes projects and research studies to promote the value of the arts.

The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium (CAEC) convenes educators from more than 90 large and small arts organizations to share information and support. Since the organization was founded in 1999, meetings and special events have expanded awareness about CAEC's work in the community and the value of the arts in life-long learning.

Following the 2008 opening of its office in CSU's Center for Arts in Innovation, CAEC has presented a stimulating series of member sessions, professional development and information gatherings around town and on the CSU campus. Topics include program evaluation, advocacy in the current economic landscape, funding issues, best practices in management, effective arts marketing, and new education initiatives. Guest speakers include administrators from CSU and other area universities, local, state and national arts leaders and legislators including representatives from the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, Ohio Department of Education, RAND Corporation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Leaders from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Neighborhood Connections, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Facing History and Ourselves, Starting Point,the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, various CDC's, BVU and other institutions present and participate in CAEC sessions and projects.

With funding from The Cleveland Foundation, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium developed an innovative on-line website guide for Out-of-School Time arts and culture program offerings throughout Cuyahoga County. Introduced and launched in August 2009, the searchable website www.smartculturesource.org guides visitors to find dance, drama, music, visual arts, history, literature and science programs for Pre-K to Grade 12 youth. The Smart Culture Source website is currently being revised and is overseen by Starting Point.