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Why the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy needs your support

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses the importance of the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy and why the organization supports it.

The ballot issue calls for the 10-year continuation of the 30 cents per pack tax on cigarettes, which, over the past nine years, has provided about $125 million for 300 Greater Cleveland arts and cultural organizations of all sizes.

“Arts and economic development are inextricably linked,” says McGann noting that levy funds help support PlayhouseSquare, the nation’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City that also has become a vibrant downtown neighborhood.

Funds from the levy also are used to promote arts and cultural experiences for children by helping pay for thousands of classes, workshops and field trips and hundreds of internships and apprenticeships.

The “GCP Insight” video series is hosted by Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner.

Click to watch.

Click to read the press release about our endorsement.