CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County’s nationally admired arts and cultural sector is taking a big financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic that could cause permanent damage and put some organizations out of business.
Those possibilities are suggested by data gathered by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, (CAC), the public agency that distributes county cigarette tax money for the arts.
The data show that from March to June, the first quarter in which the pandemic took hold, the 65 recipients of CAC operating support had to lay off, furlough or reduce hours for 2,533 full- and part-time employees and contractors.
That number equates to 30 percent of the 8,250 workers employed by the 65 organizations in 2019.
“What we’re experiencing in Cleveland and