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cre•a•tiv•i•tyˌkrē-āˈtivitē/noun - the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.

“In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in; it’s the things we choose to leave out.” ― Austin Kleon, “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative”

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Categories: Artists, books, community, connect, creativity, Investing in Creativity, resources | 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

Where are you leading?

Looking to the future

What do all great leaders have? I’ve been fortunate to participate in a Leadership Boot Camp through the YWCA, and this question was posed at the start of our last session. We called out answers: “Integrity” “Confidence” ”Influence.” In my head I was dredging up all the great leaders in my life. They have all changed me in some way. They’ve surprised me, captivated my attention and made me understand something I hadn’t before. They’ve taught me how to make better decisions on my own terms. They’ve even tripped me up from time to time (literally and figuratively—I have three sisters). Now you may be quicker than I am, but when our presenter answered her own question, I was almost embarrassed at how simple it was to overlook. All leaders, great or otherwise, have followers.

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Categories: community, experience, leadership, management, public policy, Storytelling, strategic planning | comments

Arts and Culture at the heart of a Sustainable Community

At the recent Arts and Culture Roundtable, Hunter Morrison, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) spoke passionately about the critical nature of arts as an essential component in a sustainable community. Morrison described five key roles that arts and culture play in developing a vibrant, resilient and sustainable place.

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Categories: collaboration, community, Sustainability | comments

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