About Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio. CPAC serves and supports arts and culture professionals and community leaders who are working to create a
Thomas B. Schorgl has been President and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) since its inception in 1997.As CPAC's President, Schorgl manages its efforts to strengthen and advance the region and the arts and cultural sector through unique public and private partnerships.Schorgl was President of Culture Works from January 1994 to June 1997.
There he managed the formation of the Culture Works organization through the merger of two arts and cultural institutions: a united arts funding organization and a local arts agency.
Schorgl led the Indiana Arts Commission's (IAC) as Executive Director and served in this capacity for a decade beginning in August 1983.He guided the development of the commission's mission, goals, strategies and programs.
The National Endowment for the Arts recognized the IAC for its innovative support and arts development in rural and minority communities during his tenure.
Schorgl began his professional arts administration career as curator and then executive director of South Bend Regional Art Museum.Schorgl has served in various Midwestern and national cultural leadership capacities, including Arts Midwest, National Assembly for State Arts Agencies, and many NEA grant adjudication panels.Schorgl has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Fine Arts from Miami University in Ohio.
Attendees at this exciting event included Raymond Bobgan, CPT Executive Artistic Director and Denis Griesmer, CPT General Manager; Tom Schorgl, President and CEO of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture; Deena M. Epstein, Senior Program Officer for the George Gund Foundation; Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director of Young Audiences; Linda Abraham-Silver, President and Executive Director, Great Lakes Science Center; Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek, Executive Director of Near West Theatre; Patrick Shepherd, Associate Director of Cleveland International Film Festival; Joy Roller, Director of the Gordon Square Arts District and Jeffrey Ramsey, Executive Director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.
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Tom Schorgl, President and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Tom Schorgl, the CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, made reference to the AIDS quilt.
That quilt made many people more aware of this illness across the country.
Tom also commented on the commercial of several years ago that used scrambled eggs as a visual metaphor for "Your brain on drugs" and how effective that commercial was.
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Thomas Schorgl,CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture
When the Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation formed the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) in 1997-having recognized the need to create a single agency to support the area's arts and cultural sectors and to develop and implement a regional arts and cultural strategy-they hired Schorgl as the organization's president and CEO.He left a prestigious job in the arts in Dayton and moved to Cleveland to take on this challenge, not knowing for certain if his new assignment was going to be permanent or even long term.
Schorgl worked tirelessly, attending hundreds of meetings of all kinds, as well as conducting studio visits and other forms of research and outreach, in order to build invaluable and previously nonexistent bridges, first between arts groups themselves and then between arts, civic, business and political leaders.
And then he set about to try to make everyone-from the business community and city and county government to the public-understand how important the arts are to a region.
He conducted massive amounts of research on the economic impact of cultural endeavors that changed the public's perception of the arts and their value.
Along the way, he became an invaluable advisor and consultant to many arts organizations, large and small, throughout the region.Schorgl persuaded Cleveland City Council to change zoning laws so as to enable the creation of downtown spaces in which artists can live and work.
The Cuyahoga County Commissioners began awarding Arts and Culture as Economic Development (ACE) grants at his instigation.
Schorgl launched CPAC's Artist as Entrepreneur Institute to provide business training to artists, and his advocacy of the Sparx in the City program saw more than $200,000 worth of work funnelled to 700-plus artists.
But his greatest accomplishment has been his leadership of a political initiative that culminated in the November 2006 passage of Issue 18, a countywide tax on tobacco that was expected to produce approximately $20 million annually in support of arts and cultural organizations and individual artists in Cuyahoga County.
In addition to mobilizing every segment of the community to vote in favor of the "sin tax," he had to win over state legislators and even drafted the necessary legislation that changed Ohio law to permit public support of the arts.
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