Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Committee (VLA) provides oversight and
direction to a pro bono program providing legal services to income-eligible
artists and arts organizations in all disciplines, develops public law-related
education programs for artists and arts organizations, and collaborates with
area galleries to bring rotating art exhibits to the Cleveland Metropolitan
To join the VLA Committee, please submit your committee
2013 VLA Commission Award
order to establish a recognizable visual identity and to promote local artists,
the VLA is commissioning a work of art that will be used on VLA promotions and
communications, including the CMBA website, program pamphlets, and materials
that are distributed to arts venues throughout Northeast Ohio as an important
component of the VLA’s effort to promote its services to the arts community.
The VLA is selecting an image for use for the foreseeable future and will award
a $500 commission to the Northeast Ohio artist who has completed the artwork
submission process and whose work is selected.
submission guidelines please click
here. Submissions deadline is Dec. 6, 2013.
Please email Jessica Paine with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To facilitate access to legal
services, including pro bono representation, for northeast Ohio artists and
arts organizations; to develop educational resources for and build a living
network of the region’s lawyers, artists and arts organizations; and to
advocate for a strong and vibrant arts community.
Fun" - Image by Cleveland-area artist Deb Lawrence, winner of the 2012 VLA
Commission Design contest.
In the mid-1970s, a group of
dedicated local lawyers formed the Cleveland VLA as a committee of the
Cleveland Area Arts Council (CAAC). CAAC, a nonprofit agency led by Executive
Director Nina Gibans, was an advocate for local art and artists. One of its
lasting legacies was the coordination of “City Canvasses,” a series of 10
murals painted on blank walls of downtown Cleveland buildings, some of which
remain today. A primary purpose of the CAAC and the original VLA was to
disseminate information to local artists to give them the best opportunity to
succeed. VLA attorneys were known for giving informal Saturday breakfast
presentations to artists focusing on topics such as leasing, gallery
agreements, sales and intellectual property protection.
disbanded in 1979, but the VLA eventually found a new home as a committee of
the Cleveland Bar Association (now CMBA). After this change, the VLA developed
what is now its hallmark – a program of pro bono legal assistance and
referrals for artists. VLA lawyers have aided dozens of local artists with
pressing legal concerns on a pro bono basis. In its fourth decade of
existence, the VLA continues to be an important source of legal information
for artists by conducting educational seminars and presentations on a variety
Arts Organizations and Galleries
Art House Inc
House is a nonprofit art center, founded in 1999, and located in historic
Brooklyn Centre, between the Ohio City and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods of
Cleveland, Ohio. The organization was founded by local artists and residents
who were dedicated to the belief that the arts enrich lives and help create
better communities. Our 3,000 square foot studio facility is housed in a 1948
domed Quonset building.
Institute of Art
The Cleveland Institute of Art was established in
1882. Over the years it has earned a reputation for being among the top ten
professional colleges of art and design in the country. It is accredited by
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association
of Schools of Art and Design and is also a member of the Association of
Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher
Education. The Institute attracts students who are serious about becoming
professional artists and designers and who seek a school with a broad campus
atmosphere that is both intellectually stimulating and artistically
challenging. The Institute's goals of providing a superior education are
consistent with its accrediting agencies and professional memberships.
Cleveland Public Art
Cleveland Public Art, an independent, nonprofit organization, works to
improve public spaces through art and design. CPA is Ohio's premier
organization for the identification and evaluation of public art
opportunities, bringing expertise to the selection of artists and the
implementation of public art projects. CPA places art on Cleveland's streets,
and in neighborhoods and green spaces, making it accessible to the entire
community and part of everyday life. CPA works to educate Cleveland audiences
about community reinvention and place-making through art. CPA believes that art
in the community can attract residents and is essential for building healthier
and safer neighborhoods. CPA also believes that a strong public art program
can help attract investment and be the impetus for economic development. By
actively engaging the Cleveland community, CPA works to enhance the quality of
life in Cleveland.
Cleveland Public Theatre's mission is to raise
consciousness and nurture compassion through ground breaking performances and
life changing educational programs. Cleveland Public Theatre is an alternative
performance company with a commitment to help develop original theatre artists
from Northeastern Ohio -- particularly those whose work is experimental in
form and/or challenging in content.
State University Art Department
The Cleveland State University Art
Department offers undergraduate degree programs in Studio Art, Art History,
and Art Education. Students may pursue an Art Major in any of these three
areas leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
An Art Minor is
offered in Studio Art and in Art History.
Graduate degree programs are
offered in History/Art History (Master of Arts) and Education/Art Education
(Master of Education).
Non-degree certificate programs are offered in
The Cleveland State University Art Gallery
provides visual arts programming for the university and community. In addition
to important local and regional artists, nationally and internationally known
artists have participated in exhibitions, workshops, and lectures at the CSU
Community Partnership for Arts and
The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a
nonprofit arts and culture service agency dedicated to Northeast Ohio's success
by preserving and advancing its arts and culture sector. CPAC works to prove
and promote our cultural assets, extraordinary contributions to our economy,
education and quality of life. We help arts and culture prosper by fostering
best practices in business development, sound cultural policy and in-depth
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Professional artists are faced with the unique
challenge of working creatively every day, while also dealing with the same
financial, technical, legal and marketing concerns many small businesses face.
COSE aims to ease that burden for artists, so that they have time and energy
remaining to do what they do best. COSE has made its health care and
professional development resources more accessible to the arts entrepreneurs of
Northeast Ohio. The COSE Arts Network, in partnership with the Community
Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), creates an opportunity for the arts
and business worlds to intersect through educational and networking events,
access to resources, and unique promotional opportunities.
Lakes Theater Festival
The mission of Great Lakes Theater Festival
is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest
possible audience in northern Ohio. Since the company's inception in 1962,
programming has been rooted in Shakespeare, but the Festival's commitment to
great plays spans the breadth of all cultures, forms of theater and time
periods including the 20th century, and provides for the occasional mounting
of new works that compliment the classical repertoire.
State University'sCleveland Urban Design Collaborative
The UDC is a
community service organization with a professional staff of designers committed
to improving the quality of urban places through technical design assistance,
research and advocacy. Supported by the Ohio Board of Regents' Urban University
Program and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State
University, the UDC offers architectural and urban design expertise in the
service of urban communities, design professionals, and the planning and public
policy work of the state universities in Akron, Youngstown and Cleveland.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded as The New Gallery in 1968, and then renamed the Cleveland Center for
Contemporary Art in 1984, MOCA Cleveland continues to evolve in exciting new
ways while producing original, compelling exhibitions. Over the past seven
years, MOCA has become a major producer of exhibitions, which has fueled its
reputation as a visionary leader. In addition to featuring the work of national
and international artists, MOCA consistently showcases established and emerging
artists living in the Cleveland area through continuing exhibition programs
like the PULSE Series and the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series.
Near West Theater
no cultural arts program in Greater Cleveland like Near West Theatre (NWT).
Based in the Ohio City neighborhood, it has a unique identity as a grassroots,
intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving youth. Near West
Theatre, through the theatre arts, delivers an inclusive, self-esteem building
process that results in high-quality theatre productions and programming that
help build Cleveland's Near West Side and surrounding neighborhoods; educates
and raises awareness around issues of social justice, discrimination, and
stigma; and provides people of all ages with the ability to nurture their
sense of identity and strengthen their purpose as individuals and as a
Our Mission is: Opera for Everyone. In pursuit of this
mission we will:
Enrich the community of Northeast Ohio by
providing staged productions that emotionally connect each audience member to
the drama and passion of opera by casting dramatic singers and collaborating
with dynamic creative teams.
Connect our educational resources to our
public, neighborhoods, and schools in a way that promotes an engaged and
confident future audience.
The RED DOT Project connects artists of Northeast Ohio
with business opportunities. The project serves as an art resource for
business, corporate, and individual clients, as well as gallery owners,
curators, and art consultants looking for art to purchase, sell, or
SPACES advances the artist's vision. By providing freedom, resources and an
audience, SPACES enables artists to engage the public in a vital dialogue about
contemporary art. SPACES interacts directly with artists, promoting excellence
and experimentation to produce challenging gallery exhibitions, public
programs, residencies and publications.
Zygote Press is a non-profit, cooperative, fine art
printmaking workshop located in the Quadrangle arts district in the
Superior/St. Clair neighborhood. The mission of Zygote is to enable artists to
produce fine art prints within an atmosphere of collective exchange by
providing them with affordable workspace and exhibition opportunities. Zygote
is a resource dedicated to increasing awareness about contemporary printmaking
by creating active communication among artist-printmakers and the broader
Local Non-Profit Organizations
City Club of Cleveland
Established to encourage new ideas and a
free exchange of thought, The City Club is the oldest continuous free speech
forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. The
City Club firmly believes in the free expression of all ideas and the benefits
of an open exchange. It is non-partisan and does not take positions on issues.
All speakers must answer unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the
world's first community foundation and the nation's third-largest today, with
assets of $1.6 billion and annual grants nearing $85 million. The foundation
improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders now and for generations to come by
building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and
providing leadership on vital issues.
Neighborhood Development Coalition
The Cleveland Neighborhood
Development Coalition serves as the collective voice of community development
corporations in Cleveland. Our mission is to assist members by proactively
engaging in advocacy and public policy that benefits Cleveland's community and
economic development industry, providing strategic opportunities for broad and
meaningful peer interaction and developing customized training programs with
exposure to the best practices in the field.
George Gund Foundation
The George Gund Foundation was established
in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of
contributing to human well-being and the progress of society. Over the years,
program objectives and emphases have been modified to meet the changing
opportunities and problems of our society, but the foundation's basic goal of
advancing human welfare remains constant.
With more than 17,000 members, the Greater
Cleveland Partnership is the largest private-sector economic development
organization in Ohio. We serve as a catalyst to increase economic vitality in
Greater Cleveland and the region.