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Move Social Causes Through Your Art

Last week a number of us participated in a Creative Capital webinar with nationally renowned artist and advocate Stephanie Bleyer of Six Foot Chipmunk. Immediately taken by her energy and passion for advancing social causes through her work, I was continually impressed by her ideas. I’ve seen some great examples of creative film being used to advance causes on the Daily DoGooder (if you’re not familiar, it cheers up my inbox each day), but Stephanie really got to how it’s all done from the ground up.

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Categories: accessibility, advocacy, audience, Best Practices, civic, community organizing, cross-sector, experience, issues, leadership, partnership, strategic planning | comments

The multifaceted role of the arts and health in Cleveland: How can the city’s arts and culture sector citizens benefit?

As a recently appointed Research Fellow at CPAC, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in an exploration of the fusion of arts and health. The project, which involves conducting research for a white paper on Cleveland’s arts and health combinations, has been a real eye-opener for me. Through the research, I have gained firsthand knowledge of the opportunities presented by Cleveland’s well-known health sector and its vibrant arts and culture scene.

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Categories: Artists, cross-sector, Health, partnership | comments

Five Ways to Support Our Friends in the Fall Election

If you’re a regular reader of the CultureForward blog, you’ll know that CPAC’s president Tom Schorgl recently pointed out why it’s important for the arts and culture sector to support our civic partners in the November election. Some of you may have come away from reading that post feeling energized and ready to get to work in those issue campaigns. However, you also may be wondering in the back of your minds if, as an arts and culture organization, you can support a ballot issue. And if so, how? Well, you CAN support these ballot issues and here are 5 ways you can do so now.

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Categories: advocacy, ballot measure, community development, public policy, voting | comments

Support Our Civic Partners

Public issue campaigns and Election Days have always inspired me.  How we determine our public leadership and resolve civic issues is fascinating. Our participation in the democratic process, particularly at the local level, is a special opportunity to sustain vital civic services and assets and chart a positive path for our community.

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Categories: advocacy, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, issues, partnership, public policy | comments

Take the Leap

It’s the time of year when summer slowly comes to a close and the pace of our routine seems to accelerate. For students it’s a time to wind down the summer and begin on a new journey for the academic year ahead. Many go back having new experiences to draw upon, whether they were summer jobs, internships, camps or classes. For others, the moments of refreshment during these months have allowed the chance to step back and approach the time ahead with clearer insights.

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Categories: internship, Jobs, network | comments

5 Advocacy Resources Every Arts and Culture Leader Should Know About

It’s August. And, aside from it being that time of year when many people go on vacation and commuters experience a little lighter traffic, it’s also the time of year that our elected officials leave the Beltway and come back to their districts for the August Recess. It’s a time when the folks that have been elected to represent us reconnect with their constituents to hear about the issues they care about the most and their expectations about how those issues will progress or be resolved. For those of you arts and culture leaders, it is also the perfect time to reach out to your elected officials and schedule time for them to visit your facilities, learn about what you do and gain insight into how your work directly affects the people they serve. It’s also a time for you to listen and gather information on their chief concerns and priorities and to offer insight into how you can help. This is the foundational work of advocacy – relationship building.

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Categories: advocacy, Arts Education, public policy | comments

Let Others In On The Secret

I’ve been living in the greater Cleveland area for 12 years. I moved here from Chicago to get my MBA at Case Western Reserve University in 2001. It wasn’t my intent to stay. In fact, I was heading to the East Coast. At least, that’s what I thought. During the course of my program, something changed. I began to understand and appreciate the depth and breadth of Cleveland’s arts and cultural sector, from its grassroots and individual elements to its institutional power houses. I fell in love with the natural elements too, access to Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Emerald Necklace just to name a few. The affordability factor was definitely a positive. Excellent quality healthcare was also noteworthy. Growing up as I had in a Midwestern city, the industrial landscape felt like home. But the standout benefit of living in the Cleveland area could only be described in one word - opportunity. 

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Categories: Artists, community, community development, Neighborhoods | comments

20 Cleveland-area artists drive change for a better tomorrow

Today we release the video interviews with 2013 Creative Workforce Fellows as we accept applications for next year’s awards. Along with all of my colleagues at CPAC and throughout the sector, I believe in the power of arts and culture to drive change and shape better lives. For me, seeing these videos drove that message home in a way that I didn't even realize was such a core part of who I am as a young professional and citizen

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Categories: Artists, community, Cuyahoga, Economy, funding, Investing in Creativity, public policy, resources, Storytelling | comments

The Perfect Standard

I’m reading a book right now, and those in the CPAC office know that when I’m reading a book, it becomes very difficult for me to contain my learning. I have to share it. In fact, it is not unusual for me to march right into Tom Schorgl's office in the morning, sit down and talk his ear off. It’s how I process things. It’s how I process what’s going on in the world around me too. And frankly, whatever your political persuasion, if you’re a community activist (publicly acknowledged or not), the sheer volume and complexity of issues we’re facing these days may seem overwhelming.

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Categories: advocacy, civic, public policy | comments

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