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Community Voices Help Shape Creative Intersections

Today we kick off Creative Intersections, our new series exploring arts and culture as a community partner - with a 2016 focus on safety. In honor of the kickoff, we thought we would take a moment to thank all of the people whose work and voices have so far contributed to the development of this year’s series.

  • Robyn Buseman, restorative justice program director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Marsha Dobrzynski, executive director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
  • Chris Seibert, director of education, Cleveland Public Theatre
  • Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 15, Cleveland City Council
  • Jennifer Coleman and Marcia Egbert, senior program officers for the arts and human services, respectively, The George Gund Foundation
  • Toinette Parrilla, former director, City of Cleveland Department of Public Health
  • Andres Gonzales, chief of police, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Jamie Hand, director of research strategies, ArtPlace America
  • Caroline Ross, research associate, Justice Policy Center, The Urban Institute
  • Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Animating Democracy co-director, Americans for the Arts
  • RA Washington, writer and 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow
  • Phillip Morris, columnist, The Plain Dealer
  • Michael Fleming, executive director, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation
  • Jakob Hochendoner, documentary filmmaker and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow
  • Joe Nanni, chief of staff, Cuyahoga County Council
  • Gwen Garth, founder and director, The Art Palace
  • Representative Stephanie Howse, 11th District, Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ed Rybka, director of regional development, Mayor's Office City of Cleveland
  • Joe Frolik, director of communication and public policy, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • Councilman Zack Reed, Ward 2, Cleveland City Council
  • Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Ward 12, Cleveland City Council
  • Chris Alvarado, executive director, Slavic Village Development
  • Kathy Hallissey, director of community responsive grantmaking, The Cleveland Foundation
  • Linda Warren, vice president of placemaking, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Barbara Bachtell, executive director, Broadway School of Music and the Arts
  • Regina Smith, interim managing director, arts and culture, The Kresge Foundation
  • Kurt Karakul, president and executive director, Third Federal Foundation
  • Acerbic members Ali McClain, Donald Black and Gabriel Gonzales
  • Community Partnership for Arts and Culture’s Board of Trustees

Thanks also to the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition for hosting an information session on the City of Cleveland’s Consent Decree; and to Councilman Zack Reed for hosting the Community Summit: Solutions for Gun Violence in our City. We learned something important from every one of these conversations that helped shaped the nature of the 2016 Creative Intersections Series up to this point. We’ve built a series of events that focuses on where arts and culture can deliver the most value in building just and safe communities, while providing specific examples that address those topics that are top of mind for residents and leaders alike.

The staff at CPAC understands that many artists and arts and cultural organizations locally have been working on these topics for some time. In presenting this year’s series, we hope to draw those voices out to tell their stories to a wider audience.

Consider this series as much a research project for CPAC as it is an opportunity for community learning and dialogue. To that end, we invite those of you who are doing this work to submit a guest blog that explains how you are working to build more just and safe communities through arts and culture. Contact Valerie Schumacher to learn more.

In 2015, CPAC was honored to receive an award from the Kresge Foundation, which was integral in making Creative Intersections a reality. Thanks also to the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Arts Council, whose core support empowers CPAC to explore and advance the positive force of arts and culture in our community.       

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