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2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship Recipients Share July 2016 Programming

Cleveland, OH (JUNE 22, 2016)— Forty Cuyahoga County artists are each required to engage residents in at least one public activity as part of a Creative Workforce Fellowship. With the grant, managed by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), many artists are already going above and beyond that call. In July 2016, participate with these highly-skilled creative professionals who received one of the $15,000 Creative Workforce Fellowships at any of the following events, or view some of their latest work online as it becomes available.


July 2016:The Longest Walk:Artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Megan Young is organizing a community performance and public body installation of female identifying individuals joining together in a formalized, repetitive action of walking to symbolize the shared, ongoing struggle of women everywhere. The installation will take place during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Those interested in participating can complete the form on her website. 

July 9: Cleveland Flea: Creative Workforce Fellow, Lauren Herzak-Bauman is offering up her functional ceramic wares for sale at the July installment of the Cleveland Flea. The Cleveland Flea is a small business incubator that draws thousands of Ohioans to lesser-known neighborhoods in the city to shop curated vintage, culinary all-stars and the most talented makers in the region.


July 9: Lakewood Summer Meltdown:Musician and Creative Workforce Fellow Eric Gonzalez will play with GypsyWolf at the Lakewood Summer Meltdown. The event will include a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, and a variety of food vendors. Live music will be located on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood Avenues.

July 11-25: Memoir Writing Workshops:Taught by Creative Workforce Fellow, Darlene Montonaro, this class will help you find the meaningful stories of your life as you write about personal experiences and family history. You’ll receive feedback from your peers and learn how to build on your strengths as you begin to shape raw material into memoir. Appropriate for all levels of writers. Mondays7/11-7/25 (3 sessions) 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Road, $49 per person. For information, call 216-831-8600 x 5700

July 12: Brews + Prose: Co-director and Creative Workforce Fellow, Dave Lucas celebrating Brews + Prose fourth anniversary with Thrity Umrigar and Michael Ruhlman at Market Garden Brewery. It will be a unique literary experience where audiences can drink local microbrews while listening to local masterpieces. Join the group the first Tuesday of every month to find out why literature is better with beer.

July 23:Fairport Harbor Experimental Music Festival:Experimental musician and Creative Workforce Fellow, Bob Drake will perform at this debut festival at Huntington Beach in Fairport Harbor. The free and family friendly event will feature multiple artists in experimental electronic music, noise sound and drone.

July 29: Where the Writers Are: A Fundraiser for Lit Cleveland:Creative Workforce Fellow and poet, Mary Robles will be a featured reader at the Bop Stop. The fundraiser for Literary Cleveland will support this new organization whose vision is to create a strong community of readers and writers through classes, workshops, readings and events.

July 30:Writing for Caregivers Workshop: Writer and Creative Workforce Fellow, Amy Breau will teach a creative non-fiction writing workshop at the Cleveland INKubator, a free, one-day writers’ event at the Cleveland Public Library. Her workshop from 3:30-4:45 will focus on translating intimate and private caregiving experiences into stories.

July 30: Brutal Honesty: Writing Memoir Workshop:Graphic Novelist Derf Backderf (My Fried Dahmer, Trashed) discusses the challenges of crafting a personal memoir. The dangers of relying on memory alone, tips on journalism tools, research and using visual reference. Backderf pulls from his decades of experience as a writer, comics creator and journalist to offer a unique perspective on a popular genre.

Summer 2016: Zygote Press Artist Residency: Visual artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Darius Steward will be a resident artist at Zygote Press through summer 2016. Zygote works closely with resident artists in an effort to foster a robust and diverse network of opportunities for both artists and curators to exchange knowledge and experiences in the Cleveland community and beyond. 


July 9: Noves Històries, Ohio Art League 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition: The work of sculptor and Creative Workforce Fellow, Irina Koukhanova will be included in the Noves Històries exhibition in Columbus. Catalan for New Histories, this exhibition celebrates the Ohio Art League's reemergence and features some of the most outstanding recent work from 40 Ohio artists.  

July 21-24: Comic-Con International: San Diego: Graphic novelist, comix creator and Creative Workforce Fellow, Derf Backderf will be a featured guest at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions, with attendance in recent years topping 130,000 

July: Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Residency: Ceramic artist, sculptor and Creative Workforce Fellow, Lauren Herzak-Bauman will be a session leader at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts summer residency in Maine. Watershed residencies offer extended time in an open-studio setting with other artists, providing space to explore, experiment and reflect. 


The Baron of Prospect Avenue Indy comix creator and Creative Workforce Fellow, Derf Backderf, releases his newest installment of free web-comic, The Baron of Prospect Avenue. The comic picks up immediately after the events in PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS. Follow the further adventures of Otto, aka The Baron, as he seeks love, adventure and triumph over his enemies! 

Divided Line Podcast by Jakob Hochendoner, is a multi-media project that seeks to bridge cultural gaps and increase popular understanding of social justice issues. In Episode 2, Karla reflects on her story seven months after her release. 


About the Creative Workforce Fellowship

The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of CPAC that invests directly in Cuyahoga County artists. Funded disciplines include crafts, dance, design, literature, media, music, theatre and visual arts. Since 2009, 161 Cuyahoga County artists have received funding through the program. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is made possible by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 

About Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio. CPAC serves and supports arts and culture professionals and community leaders who are working to create a brighter future for greater Cleveland. Through counsel, relationship building, research, programs and advocacy, CPAC works to strengthen, unify and connect greater Cleveland’s arts and culture sector. CPAC envisions greater Cleveland’s diverse arts and culture sector as a leading partner in contributing to our community’s vitality and enlivening the human experience. For more information, visit

About Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC)

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. In 2015, the community affirmed its commitment to arts and culture by extending the tax through 2027 with Issue 8. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $140 million in more than 300 organizations to deliver on the promise made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county. In addition, CAC supported 161 Cuyahoga County artists through the Creative Workforce Fellowship since 2009. For more information, visit

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