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It's not about my feelings

Photo by Steve Wagner

"Incendiaries" photo by Steve Wagner

I’m fortunate to be part of an artistic community that values and supports risky experimental work. By risky, I mean just that. There is a fair portion of this work that fails. It may confuse or perhaps even offend the audience. But that is what artists and innovators do, they embark on journeys often unsure of where they will end up.

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Categories: innovation, Neighborhoods, Race, Storytelling | comments

National Organizations Examine Creative Intersections

'Snaps and Words'

We spend a lot of time analyzing the environment in which the arts and culture sector operates, both locally and nationally. We follow the news closely to understand what’s top of mind in our community and we meet with people outside of arts and culture to learn the same. We have conversations with artists and arts and cultural leadership to understand their priorities and challenges. Along the way, we identify those places where the priorities of the arts and culture sector serve the broader community. We call those creative intersections.

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Categories: Artists, arts and culture, artsandhealth, creative intersections, Health, Neighborhoods | comments

this is a great moment

I was suddenly thrown back to my earlier days at CPAC, just before the age-old idea of integrating artists into community revitalization efforts was coined “creative placemaking.” CPAC and community organizers were discussing not only how artists can help revive communities, but how communities could give back to these artists. There was, and is, a clear understanding of the need to sustain growth without pricing out existing residents, which often includes people working in creative professions. Now that real estate professionals all over the state are recognizing Cleveland’s increasing property values--a result of any number of factors--some of the theories, I imagine, will be put to the test. In fact, a number of efforts that were set in motion in 2008-2010 have already proven themselves and grown in all the obvious neighborhoods, and some not so obvious ones.

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Categories: Artists, artsandhealth, Best Practices, community development, connect, creative minds in medicine, creative placemaking, Creative Workforce Fellowship, cross-sector, Neighborhoods, public benefit, research, resources | comments

What I did for Summer Vacation: A Reflection on the Arts and Democracy

This summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Kettering Foundation’s Deliberative Democracy Exchange in Dayton, Ohio. The week-long event brought people together from throughout the world to have conversations related to one fundamental question for Kettering: What does it take to make democracy work as it should? With the turmoil in the Middle East, the ongoing questions about the justice system in the United States, and the influence of money in our elections system, you like many Americans, might be wondering if democracy can work. In truth, there are days I get so frustrated by what I see that I wonder if there is any hope at all for our democracy. Then I remember something really important. It is our democracy, and without citizen engagement, it can’t function as such.

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Categories: Civic Engagement, Neighborhoods, public benefit, public policy | comments

Breaking into Cleveland Public Art

Buckeye Park

Art & Soul of Buckeye Park Festival

Public Art didn’t get there by accident. Except maybe the Free Stamp (kidding). Of the many things artists contribute to our community, public art may be one of the most visible and ever growing influences on our culture and landscape.  Forming Cleveland provides a more in-depth illustration of these investments, which you can learn more about on November 20. On top of that, if you are interested in breaking into your own public art portfolio in Cleveland, I strongly advise you connect with LAND studio (who will also be at the Forming Cleveland event). I recently sat in on a workshop “From the Studio to the Street” that only reemphasized the strength of this organization, which says its support of artists is completely self-serving; they can’t do what they do without the creators that make it happen. Pretty awesome, right?

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Categories: accessibility, Artists, Best Practices, Cleveland, collaboration, creative placemaking, Neighborhoods, public, Sustainability | 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

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