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Publicly Funded Artists Offer Array of Experiences for County Residents

CLEVELAND, OH (March 22, 2016)—As part of Creative Workforce Fellowships received from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), 40 Cuyahoga County artists are each required to engage residents in at least one public activity during 2016. Many are already going above and beyond that call. In April 2016, engage with artists who received one of the $15,000 Creative Workforce Fellowships at the following events, or view some of the latest work online as it becomes available.


Through April 17: Pressure​​‘Pressure’ is Darius Steward’s first solo exhibition since receiving a grant from the Creative Workforce Fellowship. The exhibition directly addresses the current issues of placement, repression and resilience facing African-Americans in today’s society. 

April 5: Brews + Prose, co-founded by Creative Workforce Fellow Dave Lucas, celebrates National Poetry Month with poetry readings by two native Clevelanders whose work has brought them regional and national acclaim: Amit Majmudar is the first Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio as well as a diagnostic nuclear radiologist, and De'John Hardges is one of only five teens selected for the 2015 National Student Poets Program (not to mention one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2016). 

April 6:Draw Hard at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)A short documentary about Cleveland comic artist, Creative Workforce Fellow and legend, John G., will be featured in the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival, Ohio Shorts Program 2: 

April 7: Potcha Kucha (pecha kucha for ceramic artists!)Creative Workforce Fellow, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, will be presenting and hosting a Pecha Kucha event for ceramic artists! The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by signing up: 

April 7 – 17: Blood Wedding Directed by Creative Workforce Fellow, Holly Holsinger - Written by Federico García Lorca. This passionate tragedy is told through a magical and poetic lens. A tale of desire, love and rebellion erupts into an explosive end. Exclusive one night only dinner and a show option, Friday, April 15, 2016, $25.00 with code DIN.

April 8: Freddy Hill Designs Open Studio Join Creative Workforce Fellow, Freddy Hill and a group of other talented local artists for the spring open studio show at the Screw Factory. The doors of Freddy Hill Designs will be open, showing new furniture pieces and handbags. Friday, April 8, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., The Screw Factory, 13000 Athens Road, Lakewood, 44107

April 9: Ceramic Planter Workshop Learn how to make ceramic planters with Creative Workforce Fellow, Lauren Herzak-Bauman in this one-day workshop! This class will explore simple hand building techniques for any skill level. Plants will be available the day of class so students can design their planters to match! Students can expect to make 2-4 planters.

April 9: Station Hope: Road to Hope ROAD TO HOPE at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights is one of a series of free performing arts events inspired by the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, a celebration of hope and powerful engagement with current day social justice issues. ROAD TO HOPE activities will take place in six Cleveland-area neighborhoods from January through June 2016, produced in conjunction with Cleveland Public Theatre’s third annual Station Hope celebration.

April 22: Waist High & Elbow Deep Developed by Creative Workforce Fellow, Megan Young, Waist High & Elbow Deep presents performers as surrogates, objects, and proxies – directed by viewer participants. Interactive games reveal how even public performance is a form of physical contract. It intends to dismantle performance methods while considering the everyday performance of identity in society. It interrogates the practice of offering bodies for pleasure and consider the physical agreements contracted or implied in social events, personal relationships, and even workplace settings

April 30: Mother's Day Parent / Child Ceramics Workshop Explore ceramics together and make a Mother's Day present with your parent/child! This class will explore simple hand building techniques for any skill level with Creative Workforce Fellow, Lauren Herzak-Bauman. Students can expect to make 2-3 pieces each and work will be ready in time for Mother's Day!

April 30: Re|Marking Visual and performance art event curated by Cleveland artists, including Creative Workforce Fellow, Megan Young. Spanning Body Based, Womanist Perspective Works of All Mediums: Sound Art, Installation, Durational Performance, Digital Media, Web Based, Protest and Interdisciplinary works.

Ongoing: The Baron of Prospect Avenue, new pages are available in this webcomic by Derf Backderf. 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!

For more information about CPAC’s Creative Workforce Fellowships visit For updates about Fellows’ events as they become available, visit or For more information about the grants, hi-res photography, or for media interviews please contact Becki Silverstein at or 440-227-8794.


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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