Transformative Arts Fund (TAF)

The Transformative Arts Fund (TAF) is a $3 million fund for public art projects and initiatives led by artists in partnership with partner institutions based in the City of Cleveland.

Artists that live in the City of Cleveland will have the opportunity to apply for funds to create innovative, thought-provoking, and inclusive Cleveland-centric public art projects that ignite inspiration, foster dialogue, and drive social transformation.

The City of Cleveland believes in the profound power of art to transform communities. Art, in all its forms, can transcend boundaries, inspire social change, educate, evoke emotion, and ignite the human spirit. The arts embrace diversity, equity, and inclusivity, ensuring that the voices and stories of all individuals are represented and can serve as a tool for positive change, building just, resilient, and connected communities.

Eligible artist applicants must identify an eligible institutional partner to submit a proposal to create a transformative public art initiative with a budget in the range of $250,000 - $500,000.

Important Application Dates

  • January 31, 2024 - The Transformative Arts Fund application will go live and be accessible from this page.
  • February Check the site and our social media for dates and locations - In-person & virtual pre-conference Information sessions will be held—locations and times to be announced.
  • March 30, 2024 - Application deadline; submission portal closes at 11:59 PM EST.

Transformative Arts Fund information sessions

All Transformative Arts Fund Application information sessions will be held virtually on the following dates:

  • Tuesday February 13, 2024 4:30 pm to 6 pm (VIRTUAL)
  • Thursday February 15, 2024 6 pm to 7:30 pm (VIRTUAL)
  • Saturday February 17, 2024 9 am to 10:30 am (VIRTUAL)
  • Tuesday February 20, 2024 6 pm to 7:30 pm (VIRTUAL)
  • Wednesday February 21, 2024 Noon to 1 pm  (VIRTUAL)
  • Monday February 26, 2024 Noon to 1 pm  (VIRTUAL)

Click HERE to sign up for pre-application information sessions.

 

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Transformative Arts Fund application that still need to be answered or need additional help, please email transformativeartsfund@clevelandohio.gov.

For additional information:

Interested Artists Click Here

Interested Institutional Partners Click Here