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Center for Arts-Inspired Learning announces grand opening of its creative arts center in Glenville

Event serves as kickoff to new afterschool art clubs

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) will host a grand opening celebration at its new creative arts center for children and teens on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 1 to 5pm. The public event invites community members to explore the organization’s second programming space, located at 1470 E. 105th Street in Cleveland, formerly the FRONT Porch.

Beginning with a ribbon cutting at 1:30pm, the free event will feature a student art gallery, drumming workshops, hands-on arts activities, and refreshments. Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Kevin Conwell & the Footprints, Ray McNiece, Jewel Jackson and African Soul International, and Mama Fasi of the Fasi Cultural Experience. CAL will also unveil an interactive mural created by 3rd and 4th grade students from Patrick Henry Elementary School in Glenville. Using touch activated circuits, attendees will be able to learn about the community through the students’ own words. Additionally, members of the community will be invited to vote to help determine the new name for the community programming space.

“Over the years, we have witnessed not just the positive impact the arts have on children’s educational success, but also how valuable it is to children’s personal growth – helping cultivate critical thinkers, confident collaborators, and dedicated citizens,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “This was a key motivator for us to open a community arts space in the Glenville neighborhood and expand the arts programming we are able to offer children and teens in our community.”

The event will serve as a kickoff to CAL’s new Makers and Mentors Art Clubs which begin the following day. The free afterschool clubs are open to students in grades 3-12 and run Tuesdays from 3 to 5pm for elementary students, Mondays-Thursday from 3 to 5pm for middle school students, and Thursdays from 4 to 6pm for high school students. A main goal of this kickoff is to give potential art club members (Makers) and their families the opportunity to interact with the club teaching artists (Mentors) who will be on hand at the event. Students will experience the types of art they would create as art club members and will be able register for the clubs on site.

“Our afterschool clubs were designed to support and mentor students through the arts,” continues Dobrzynski. “We look forward to engaging with families at the kickoff event so they can be confident that our clubs provide their children a safe place to create and express themselves, have fun, and just be kids!”

To learn about programming on E. 105th Street or to enroll in a club, visit arts-inspiredlearning.org/community-programs.

For complete event details visit arts-inspiredlearning.org/event/105th-street-kickoff.

NEA Big Read 2019 in Cleveland will celebrate Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine in February 2019

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning receives NEA Big Read grant for 2018-’19

Celebration of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine expands to include all of Cuyahoga County

For the second consecutive year, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) has been selected as one of 79 nonprofit organizations to host a NEA Big Read program. A grant award of $15,000 for the 2018-’19 program year, combined with expanded community partnerships and programming options, will give residents throughout Cuyahoga County the chance to participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read celebration of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. Programming will take place during the month of February 2019.

“We are excited for the opportunity to grow our audience to include not only the city of Cleveland – but all of Cuyahoga County – in our NEA Big Read celebration,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “Thanks to our growing list of community partners, this year’s read is truly a BIG read. It is our hope that residents throughout the county will engage with Citizen and find meaningful connections to their daily lives.”

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA Big Read showcases a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. In choosing Citizen as the book selection for its community read, CAL intends to facilitate healthy, respectful, and potentially uncomfortable dialogue with the goal of encouraging self reflection while helping break down negative racial stereotypes and exposing their impact on the local community.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support opportunities for communities across the nation, both small and large, to take part in the NEA Big Read,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “This program encourages people to not only discuss a book together, but be introduced to new perspectives, discuss the issues at the forefront of our own lives, and connect with one another at events.”

The 2019 NEA Big Read in Cleveland is presented in partnership with Cleveland Cinemas, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Heights Libraries, Lake Erie Ink, Literary Cleveland, Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, and the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland. Program events will include book discussions, movie screenings, poetry and creative writing workshops, and a county-wide poetry slam presented by Lake Erie Ink.

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To learn about becoming a community partner, please contact CAL’s Special Projects Manager Megan Thompson at megan@arts-inspiredlearning.org. For a calendar of events for the NEA Big Read in Cleveland visit arts-inspiredlearning.org/NEABigRead2019.

Community members can also participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read 2019 via social media by following #BigReadCLE and #CitizenCLE or joining the conversation @CenterforArtsInspiredLearning on Facebook and @artsinspiredCAL on Twitter.

For more information about this announcement, please read the press release.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning announces opening of Inspiration Center

a 21st century creative space for on-site community arts programming

(Cleveland, OH—April 26, 2018) The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) will unveiled its Inspiration Center on Saturday, May 5, 2018 during its STEAM Saturday coding workshop from 9am to 12pm. The event  showcased the newly renovated programming space, including a maker space, at the CAL headquarters at 10917 Magnolia Drive in University Circle.

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Women on the Move's mobile billboard and resource center.

Women on the Move’s Cleveland tour will stop at ArtWorks on April 26

On Thursday, April 26, Women on the Move brought its 26-ft truck turned mobile billboard to ArtWorks as part of its Cleveland tour. Apprentices explored the multi-media resource center which was created to aid in the prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence. Read More ›

Spring 2018 ArtWorks session begins

On February 20th, the Spring 2018 session of CAL’s signature youth program ArtWorks began. Forty high school students from cities across Cuyahoga County were selected to participate in four co-ops highlighting an assortment of visual and performing arts disciplines:

Film

Teaching artist: Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy

Apprentices are studying the history of film to develop an understanding of their own artistic voice. They are also studying the aspects of making a feature length film including screenwriting, behind the camera work, direction, and editing while making a film they can be proud to include on their own demo reel.

Japanese Poetry/Drawing

Teaching artist: Tim Geaghan

Apprentices have the opportunity to see where manga comes from. They are exploring the depths of their own true, free voice while writing Japanese poems (but not the Haikus one may have written in middle school). Apprentices are drawing with bamboo sticks while exploring the line from their heart, to their lungs, to their voice. This line starts with words and ends in images to create a shape for their lives.

Theater/Acting

Teaching artist: Ray McNiece

Apprentices are using their voice, body, and personal experience to create 10-minute plays adapting traditional folk tales to the stage. They are learning the foundational techniques of acting as well as bringing their own voice to the table to create their own storytelling narratives focusing on the arc of their play. This co-op is focused not only on the performance of a piece, but also the process necessary to bring theater to life.

Visual Arts/Mixed Media

Teaching artist: Shelly Svonavec

Apprentices are exploring their personal identify through memory, beliefs, emotions, obstacles, character values, imagination and experience to develop their artistic voice. They are developing a daily ritual of inspiration which will work with learned visual arts techniques to create a collaborative piece using their own innovative techniques. This co-op focuses on finding one’s personal path to their creative process rather than following the “rules” that previously may have been set for them.

Check back to this blog to find out more about ArtWorks and our spring apprentices. Also join us on May 10th from 6 – 8pm for ArtWorks Live!, a free public showcase of the apprentices’ original artwork.

High School Students Design and Merchandise Original Fashions

Owner of Shaker Square’s Cosmic Bobbins mentors 10 ArtWorks Apprentices

Cleveland, OH (February 24, 2014)—10 students have created one-of-a-kind totes worthy of Manhattan’s boutique shops. They’ve learned the fundamentals of hand-sewing, reverse applique, and machine applique. They’ve analyzed market trends and spearheaded their own merchandising strategies. And did we mention that they’re all in high-school? Read More ›

Basheer Jones to Inspire Cleveland High School Students

Motivational Speaker, Writer and Community Activist to Encourage Creative ArtWorks Teens

MEDIA ALERT Contact:
Jennifer Abelson
Director of Marketing
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
(216) 561-5005
jennifer@arts-inspiredlearning.org

Basheer Jones to Inspire Cleveland High School Students
Motivational Speaker, Writer and Community Activist to Encourage Creative ArtWorks Teens

WHO: Basheer Jones, one of the region’s most powerful and engaging voices in media and entertainment, and 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Cleveland students

WHAT: Basheer Jones will speak to 40 ArtWorks apprentices, encouraging them to take an active leadership role in their communities

WHEN: February 12, 2014 from 4:30-7 PM

WHERE: Halle Building (1228 Euclid Ave) Read More ›

North Ridgeville school assembly tells story of last fugitive slave

Jon Wysochanski, The Morning Journal
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A special visitor took children back in time for a firsthand look into the life of a fugitive slave.

On Jan. 21 students at Wilcox Elementary, 34580 Bainbridge Road, watched actress Robin Pease perform “Last Fugitive Slave: It Happened in Ohio,” the true story of Sarah Lucy Bagby.

According to Case Western Reserve University’s Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Bagby escaped from her master in Virginia in 1860 and found refuge in Cleveland. Her master, William Goshorn, tracked her down and had her arrested by U.S. Marshals on Jan. 19, 1861. Read More ›

A Mural Grows in Slavic Village with @ArtsInspiredCAL

Artist Melinda Placko, working with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning at the Fullerton School in Slavic Village, supervises the creation of a mural in the school’s gym.

While CAL’s programs using arts tied to curriculum usually take place in the classroom, Ms. Placko was able to take a few moments to talk with Cool Cleveland as she worked with the students and their parents, donning smocks and working on the mural to spell out the word “Fullerton.” View the video here.

High school that teaches through video games, film and music: Coming to Cleveland soon?

Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – It sounds like a teenager’s dream: A high school where you listen to music, watch movies and play video games all day.

At the planned Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts, film, music and video games won’t be things a student does behind the backs of teachers. They’ll be part of every lesson and project and assignment students have to turn in.

But, sorry kids, playing Grand Theft Auto or watching the new Hunger Games flick won’t be the norm at the school, which could be open to Cleveland students by the fall. Marsha Dobrzynski of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, formerly known as Young Audiences, hopes to have the Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts open by the fall. Read More ›

Power of the Arts Transforms Teens’ Lives

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
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They  paint,  act,  dance,  and  design. They  mange clients,  record  music,  write each  summer,  teens  from  high  schools   across  Northeast  Ohio  participate  in  an   arts-­based  job-­training  program  called   Artworks.  Sponsored  by  Young  Audiences  of  Northeast  Ohio,  the  program,  which began in 2005 and has been funded  in  part  by  Jennings  grants,  provides   instruction  in  the  arts while  developing   important  career  skills.   Read More ›

Cleveland schools seek $13 million from state for new buses, tablet computers and costs of a new “digital arts” high school

By Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2013
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CHSfDA-titleCLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland school district has asked the state to replace its aging buses, help start a new Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts, improve its Internet infrastructure and pay for 17,000 tablet computers so students can use online learning more.

The district submitted the four requests totaling about $13 million to the state Friday as applications for part of the $250 million available statewide through the new Straight A Fund. The fund was proposed by state Superintendent Richard Ross earlier this year when he was an education advisor for Gov. John Kasich. It aims to support innovations in schools or districts that improve education, save money or shift spending to classrooms. Read More ›