West Creek Conservancy

photo of Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra
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A record 257 arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County will share nearly $12-million-worth of funding from a cigarette tax this coming year.  Who gets what was announced in a public meeting last night.  But not everybody is celebrating. Those tax revenues are on a steady downward trend.

The Cleveland Orchestra is getting about a 26 percent cut in funding due to dwindling cigarette sales.  Speaking for the Musical Arts Association which governs the Orchestra, David Hooker said the cut took his organization by surprise.

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Cleveland is designating 2017 as the “Year of Vibrant Green Space.”  This is the seventh year of Mayor Frank Jackson’s “Sustainable Cleveland” initiative, a 10-year effort to make the city more environmentally friendly.