Gund Foundation gives $1 million to expand CMSD arts education

CMSD News Bureau

Ann Gund is passionate about the arts, and a gift of $1 million given in her honor will allow Cleveland Metropolitan School District students to share in that passion.

The grant from The George Gund Foundation is the inaugural gift to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Arts Education Fund for musical, performing and visual arts. The fund, managed by the Cleveland Foundation, will grow as other donors contribute.

The tribute to Ann Gund comes as she retires from the Gund Foundation’s Board of Trustees. During nearly 30 years of service, she has been a strong supporter of the arts, including arts education, an area where CMSD is seeking to make major advances.

CEO Eric Gordon took a lead role in crafting an arts plan and included it in commitments that would follow passage of Issue 68 last November. Despite the economic challenges of the pandemic, Cleveland residents easily approved renewal of a 15-mill property tax and added a 5-mill increase.

“I am thankful to The George Gund Foundation for this extremely generous gift,” the CEO said. “We have some amazing educators doing meaningful work with our talented scholars. This will help us take arts instruction to a deeper level and make arts part of the fabric of every CMSD school.”

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