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Charlie Parker & Future Artist Support

“There are reconstructionalists and there are stylists.” That’s what my brother Matt Dufresne, a jazz musician and educator, said when I asked him to share his perspective on Charlie Parker. “There are a handful of people that have really changed the landscape of jazz music and the way people look at the saxophone. Charlie Parker is one of them. Charlie Parker looked at the scope of the music scene and was disappointed in the direction jazz was headed. His response was to deliver a genre of music that was faster, harder harmonically, undanceable and not easily imitated.”

So, what does Charlie Parker have to do with the future of artist support in this country?

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Telling a Research Story

When’s the last time you looked forward to reading a research paper?  You know the type – it has a title that’s a paragraph long, pages filled with statistical hieroglyphics, and it’s so heavy it threatens to topple over your desk when it lands there. Your next step is probably one of the following:

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Fund and Follow Creativity

Fund and Follow Creativity

That is the first thing you see when visiting the Kickstarter web page. To those readers who might be unfamiliar with Kickstarter or the other crowdfunding platforms online, I encourage you to visit the Kickstarter website where you will find a plethora of creative projects submitted by artists and entrepreneurs. All of these folks have one goal in common; each needs help from you and other like-minded individuals who are willing to sign on as “backers” to fund a particular dream or vision.

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Arts, Culture and the Western Reserve Plan

During his recent State of the County Address, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald introduced his Western Reserve Plan, a comprehensive effort aimed at advancing Cuyahoga County. The Western Reserve Plan is the first in recent memory to articulate several innovative public policy strategies based on 12 clear goals. Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector is uniquely suited to help realize many of them because it is already working to accomplish these goals every day.

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