In 2007, the Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture , dba Chagrin Arts (CA) was established to improve the quality of life and enhance economic stability in the Chagrin Falls area, located 25 miles east of Cleveland. To increase visibility, Chautauqua-in-Chagrin was established with the Chautauqua Institution of New York to bring internationally recognized speakers to Chagrin Falls during the summer season.
A review of the arts and cultural activities in the Eastern suburbs brought to light the lack of performing arts programs, other than community theatre. In 2008, CA developed its Performing Arts Series to engage and entertain audiences; 2017 will be the 10th season.
Major programming changes took place in 2014 and 2015 when CA:
• Became an independent member of the Chautauqua Trail.
• Increased its collaborative activities to co-sponsor free programs throughout the year, presenting speakers and performing artists in smaller settings.
• Added a family program and community Music Crawl to its Performing Arts Series.
• Received funding for performing artists to provide professional development to teachers of underserved Cleveland youth.