Record Type: Exhibit

Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts

"I want to give the students a good grounding in what is important to get into the music business. You need a completely different toolbox now.” Tommy LiPuma

The new economy requires a new and innovative type of employee: one who is agile, technically savvy, a deft problem solver, and team oriented. The Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts was designed to graduate a worker ready for the rigors of this new economy. The $35 million investment in the stunning facility aims to provide a dynamic return on investment in worker productivity for companies hiring the Cuyahoga Community College creative arts graduate.

The Center is named for Tommy LiPuma, a Cleveland resident who was born in the very neighborhood where the Metropolitan Campus now stands.  A trained musician and saxophonist, Mr. LiPuma started n record promotion and quickly rose to become a celebrated producer and music industry leader. 

Available for use within the center are multiple film editing labs, animation and video gaming software and an astounding array of computers and connectivity. The centerpiece of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts is the magnificent Black Box studio built to accommodate both television and theater classes.

Alive with cutting-edge technology, the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts is a sparkling reminder of the continued growth of Tri-C and the state-of-the-art tools it is committed to building for its students.

The constant development and rejuvenation of the Tri-C campus environment invigorates all those who attend or work at the College. It is a testament to the College’s strong management and fiscal stewardship that they are able to invest in structures and updates curricula for the students.