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The Cleveland Foundation's Arts Advancement Program was designed to enhance the management skills, improve operating efficiency, and improve financial positions of participants.

The three-year initiative addressed the chronic under-capitalization of Cleveland-area mid-sized arts organizations while developing a network of highly skilled leaders, including staff and board members.

The Arts Advancement Program provided a curriculum of executive education, collaborative learning sessions, and individual mentoring, coaching, and expert assistance. In addition, each participating organization received a three-year operating support grant and a one-time advancement grant to improve the organization's long-term stability.