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Assembly for the Arts Unveils Plan to Unite Local Cultural Sector

people march at Parade the Circle
Roberto Galan
People march in the longtime community arts event Parade the Circle in Cleveland in 2019. The arts community has a new arts advocacy organization, Assembly for the Arts, which is replacing the former organization Arts Cleveland.

A new arts organization revealed its plan Wednesday for area nonprofits, businesses and artists to work together. 

For all the ways that area artists, performers and museums enrich Greater Cleveland, the local arts community is still learning how to work together in its own interest as a sector. The new advocacy organization Assembly for the Arts hosted meetings this week aimed at meshing the strengths of different players.

The group plans to focus on four areas: political advocacy, racial equity, services to help the sector, and marketing. Assembly for the Arts CEO Jeremy Johnson said he’s looking to use the multi-billion-dollar impact of Northeast Ohio’s arts economy as leverage for more support from local and state leaders.

"We're going to make sure that Cleveland, Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, will be respected for its arts and cultural industry as we are with other industries and that we will be at the table," Johnson said.

Plans are to work out the details of that future in a series of monthly meetings scheduled through the end of the year.

Jeremy Johnson and Sean Watterson
Assembly for the Arts
Assembly CEO Jeremy Johnson and Happy Dog's Sean Watterson take questions at a State of the Music Scene forum at the Grog Shop on Aug. 4.

Assembly for the Arts formed with foundation financial support and will work in coordination with the political advocacy organization Arts and Culture Action Committee as well as the public funding agency Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), which Ideastream Public Media receives financial support from. Assembly for the Arts also replaces the former advocacy group Arts Cleveland.
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David C. Barnett is a senior reporter/producer who focuses on arts and cultural stories.