How did the Smart Culture Source website project begin?

In 2008, the population of Cuyahoga County was estimated at 1,283,925 with 304,290 of that number being children under the age of 18.

The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium was invited and funded by the Cleveland Foundation to create a Cuyahoga County-based website for these children and their families. The project which became this website, Smart Culture Source, was developed in response to enthusiastic inquiries by parents and guardians for more arts and culture experiences for their children following the student's successful participation in the UBS-funded "SmART in the City" Summer Program. Through the Smart Culture Source website the Consortium hopes to inform these and other families about the county's rich tapestry of arts and culture, and to make these opportunities for youth more widely known and enjoyed.

The Smart Culture Source website contains searchable lists and descriptions of programs and activities that take place after school, on weekends, and throughout the summer. All listings focus on the arts and culture through the subjects of dance, drama, music, visual arts, history, literature and science. For more details, please see the Definitions section below.

How does the website work?
The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium’s goal is to create searchable website pages that are engaging, easy to use and accessible to all people, regardless of computer and internet experience.

The Search Panel appears at the right of the screen on every page. Choices for searching are clearly marked. For more information click Tips for Searching. A search for programs and information can take place by combining one or more criteria — an age range, one or more art or culture types, the desired program difficulty level, preferred time and geographic area.

“What’s up Now?” on the home page will highlight the four or five most current programs listed on the website.

Smart Culture Source administrators will monitor the website regularly to check that information is as up-to-date and accurate as is possible. The website provides details and contact information for every program, but does not collect program fees, provide registration forms or register students for programs.

Users can explore the website and print information from home computers as well as from computers at libraries and other public locations.

How can I learn more about Smart Culture Source?
Information about the website will be made available through a variety of Cuyahoga County partners, including school systems, libraries, recreation centers, print and on-air media, city and county offices, and through its member non-profit arts and cultural organizations.

A print companion of Smart Culture Source arts and culture program information will be made available at the county’s public libraries in 2010.

How will I benefit from the Smart Culture Source website?
The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium hopes that parents, guardians and teachers will discover exciting, useful information in the website's listings and that they and their children will fully enjoy arts and culture experiences, individually and together.

Why should our organization join Smart Culture Source?

Smart Culture Source is a comprehensive, user-friendly online resource listing Out-of-School Time programs and activities that are available during the academic year and summer throughout Cuyahoga County. Parents, guardians, teachers and students will come to the website to find arts and culture programs and activities for Pre K to Grade 12 youth in dance, drama, music, theatre, history, literature, and science.

How do we list our programs?

Your organization may list one program or many programs on the Smart Culture Source Website. A Primary Contact Person for your organization will fill in the forms to submit programs to be approved and listed (published).

To begin, click SEND A REQUEST on the Member Log-in page. An e-mail will be sent to the Smart Culture Source Website Administrator who will enter your name and email and an instructional e-mail will be sent to you, telling you to log in and change your password. Please do that right away. Next, fill in the Organization description form, then all venues and locations where programs will take place. Finally you may fill in the program forms, one form per program. Be sure to save your work. All forms will be reviewed and published by the Smart Culture Source Administrator who may email you with edits and suggestions as may necessary for the website.


Organizations/companies — website members
Each member organization has an individual information page that includes a URL link to the organization’s own website. Each organization designates a Primary Contact Person for the website who will submit and update venue and program information on a regular basis.

Program Type — for this website, specifically Arts and Culture
As part of a search, the user can select one program, several or all programs as well as checking Special Needs to find appropriate programs. Special Needs Programs serve and/or include individuals who require assistance for medical, mental, or psychological disabilities. For more information, please reach the program contact person.

Age Category
Programs on the website are available for Pre-K to Grade 12 youth. Users can choose one of three age range groups: 3-6, 7-12, and 13-18. Organizations may list more specific ages in the descriptions of their programs. For more information, please reach the program contact person.

Geographic Areas — ­East, West, Central, South
Users will be able to search using geographic areas or at a later point in time, to input zip codes as part of the search.

Difficulty Level — Special Needs
Each program listed includes a note indicating whether that program is at a beginning, middle, or advanced skill level. Information about the general difficulty and Special Needs of a program may also be found in the program’s description or by reaching the program contact person.

Start Date
Smart Culture Source arranges program start dates in three seasonal date groups: starting on or after Aug 15 for fall programs; starting on or after Jan 15 for winter programs; starting on or after June 15 for summer programs. The default settings will change from Aug 15 to Jan 15 to Jun 15 as the seasons change. Programs with specific start dates or start dates prior to the default setting can be found by selecting a specific date from the pop-up calendar. All programs found in a search are listed from the selected date forward in the calendar. Reset returns to the default setting.

Search using Key Words
The website permits the user to enter words in the field provided to search for specific arts and culture programs, program descriptions, and organizations.

The Arts and Culture Program Categories

Smart Culture Source contains seven program subject areas, based on information from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. We thank both organizations for making this information available to Smart Culture Source.

for example: ballet, modern dance, jazz, ethnic, folk, tap, improvisation, and ballroom

for example: acting, mime, puppetry, playwriting, directing, production, various media including theatre, film, video, animation, screenwriting, oral traditions, interdisciplinary performance art

for example: classical, jazz, blues, ethnic, folk, popular (all styles), solo and ensemble studies, orchestra, band, chamber music, choral, solo, opera, music theatre, audio and audio recording

Visual Arts
for example: painting, sculpture, mixed-media, graphic, design, photography, film, video, graphics, printing, paper-making, film, video, animation, cartooning, ethnic and folk arts, crafts (clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood, etc.), design arts, e.g. landscape design, architecture, fashion, urban design, industrial, etc.

for example: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, journalism, language and culture, creative writing (including the creation of plays and other literature and oral presentations, poetry, non-fiction, etc.)

for example: Ohio and world histories, cultures, diversity, historical archiving, preservation, documentation, and historical site study

for example: natural history, botany, zoology, biology, technology, ecology and the environment, conservation, planetary study, museum and exhibit design