Parma Art News

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture came to Parma:  On Saturday July 29th the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted a workshop for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. The workshop was one of four held to assist nonprofits that had applied for 2018 grant funding. The workshops walk you through the process and offer tips to help you succeed. The staff at CAC are friendly and helpful and are readily available by phone or email for individual assistance. 

Residents of Cuyahoga County created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) in 2006. It is funded by a tax of one and one half percent on each cigarette sold in Cuyahoga County. Since 2007 it has granted over $158 million to over 350 nonprofit organizations through General Operating Support and Project Support Grants. These funds help to support many arts and cultural events in communities across Cuyahoga County, at schools, libraries, senior centers, theaters, parks, hospitals and in neighborhoods. Their web page has a list of events, many free, from the various organizations supported by them. I urge you to view it. To learn more on the grant process visit their web page at

Nica Zampedro, 16 year old Normandy student was featured in last months article, for her first place Mothra coil pot. I am pleased to announce that she also won for her ink drawing of Shin Godzilla at the International G-Fest last month. Look for a display of her work in the lobby of the Smallwood Center. 

Michelle Behal, president of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, spent many hours demonstrating pyrography (woodburning) techniques, at the Cuyahoga County Fair. She also won many awards at the Fair this year. She placed first in Professional Acrylic Landscape, second place in Professional Acrylic Seascape, third and fourth place in Professional Drawing, and first and second place in Woodburning.

Looking For Arts/Crafts Vendors:  Parma Area Fine Arts Council is looking for arts and craft vendors (handmade only) for their Fall Into Art Show to be held on Saturday, October 21st, 10 to 4, at the Smallwood Activities Center. Limited spaces are available, so contact them now. For details call Michelle Behal, 216-618-0856, or call Parma Fine Arts at 440-888-4514 and leave a message and someone will return your call, or visit 

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:01 PM, 09.01.2017