Jazz Students


Making the Arts Possible for the Next Generation

Enjoying the music of Tri-C JazzFest? At Cuyahoga Community College, Creative Arts programming turns passions into professions. Students explore a world of opportunity via hands-on, customized learning experiences in state-of-the art labs, learning from the masters in music, visual design, studio art, photography, dance, film, theater, media arts and journalism.

Talented professionals including Dominick Farinacci, Aaron “Aalias” Kleinstub, Sean Jones and Curtis Taylor are among the many successful Tri-C Creative Arts alumni.

Today, hundreds of students are following their dreams at Tri-C, just like Dominick, Aalias, Sean and Curtis. Unfortunately, unforeseen barriers can derail their dreams. Right now, as the Fall 2020 semester is underway, talented Creative Arts students are making difficult decisions between staying enrolled at Tri-C or keeping food on the table or a roof over their family’s heads. Many have lost their source of income or faced unexpected child care expenses or medical bills due to the pandemic.

Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19, one thing is clear: The need to help our students has never been greater. The Tri-C Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund* benefiting Creative Arts students is here to help. And your support will make a difference by providing critical assistance to those who need it most.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Make a secure online gift now to support the Tri-C Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund benefiting Creative Arts students. Your gift will help students with unexpected expenses as they work to build successful futures.
  • Text JazzFest2020 to 76278 to give now and help a student realize their dreams.

Your support will help change lives. Who knows — your support could help the next generation of jazz greats, just like the musical icons you enjoyed during at the 41st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.

*The Student Emergency Fund was established in 2017 to help students overcome unforeseen financial challenges that directly impact their ability to complete their studies. This critical funding has provided emergency assistance to hundreds of students facing crisis expenses or lacking technology access during this stressful time. The transition to remote learning has left many Creative Arts students in need of assistance for supplies like cameras, software, headphones, instruments or art supplies. The Student Emergency Fund offers immediate assistance to keep sudden problems from becoming long-term obstacles.