Center for Arts and Innovation

CAI & CAEC

CAI & CAEC

Kay W. Shames, Director of The Center for Arts and Innovation, saw the need to bring together small and large arts organizations from in the city and surrounding areas. With her leadership, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium (CAEC) was created and is in residence at CSU. The mission of the CAEC is to work in ‘partnership to promote and strengthen art education in Northeast Ohio and advocate on behalf of arts learning for people of all ages and circumstances.’

Today CAEC is headed by professional Manager, Judith Ryder Frumker, and has over 80 dues paying members representing a variety of arts education organizations. Members benefit from bi-monthly meetings, arts education advocacy and professional development for arts professionals. Members may pool information or resources that they may not have had access to otherwise. Through the CAEC, the local cultural community collaborates on events and undertakes projects and research studies to promote the value of the arts. 

“Working collaboratively augments organizations rather than eclipsing them,” Shames said in a Plain Dealer interview. “We have a very enlightened group of arts leaders and funders who have recognized that from the beginning.”