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Center for Arts-Inspired Learning announces the launch of STEAM Saturdays

FREE technology, engineering, and media arts workshops in University Circle.

(Cleveland, OH—September 25, 2017) Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) announces STEAM Saturdays—FREE hands-on STEAM workshops for middle and high school students. The pilot program will be the first on-site programming offered in its new headquarters in University Circle. The 3-hour workshops were designed to emphasize the arts and individualized creative thinking within traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subject matter, helping participants gain experience through active participation while building on skills learned the previous week.

The STEAM Saturdays Fall session is girls-only, featuring Her Ideas in Motion programming designed to reduce barriers of girls interested in STEM fields and help build a strong foundation in technology. Girls will learn directly from volunteer mentors currently working in the tech industry. The session runs from September 30 – December 9 and features 3 weeks of game design, 3 weeks of coding, and 2 weeks of photography. A co-ed Spring session is scheduled for February – May 2018 and will offer workshops in film, stop motion animation, and coding.

“For the first time in our 64-year history we are truly a CENTER for Arts-Inspired Learning, marking a key step in the strategic evolution of our organization,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “It is with great excitement that we open our doors and offer free STEAM workshops to children and teens in Cleveland; while also engaging residents and community partners from the Glenville and Hough neighborhoods to identify their specific needs and work to provide impactful, relevant programs designed to best serve the children and families in our community.”

The new STEAM Saturdays pilot program is part of CAL’s University Circle Community Connection (UC3) initiative, a grant funded, multi-year plan to increase engagement with University Circle’s surrounding neighborhoods. One major component of the plan is converting the first floor of CAL’s headquarters into a creative, 21st-century space to host on-site programs. The initiative also provides funding for 50 in-school workshops developed to supplement existing curriculum, reinforce social-emotional skills, and promote civic engagement; and three afterschool arts-based residencies that improve peer-to-peer relationships while providing a safe space for youth in the area. UC3 is supported by grants from The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, the Paul M Angell Family Foundation, and Young Audiences National.

For the Fall schedule or to register for workshops, visit our STEAM Saturday webpage. To interact via social media use #STEAMSat or tag @CenterforArtsInspiredLearning on Facebook and @artsinspiredCAL on Twitter.

For more information, please see the full announcement in the press release.

CENTER FOR ARTS-INSPIRED LEARNING ANNOUNCES THE KICK-OFF OF THE NEA BIG READ IN CLEVELAND

City of Cleveland will come together to read and celebrate Station Eleven

(Cleveland, OH—August 23, 2017) Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) will launch its NEA Big Read program celebrating Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel with a public kick-off on September 23, 2017 from 10am – 12pm at the Cleveland Public Library’s Carnegie West Branch. The NEA Big Read in Cleveland is presented in partnership with Cleveland Public Library, Great Lakes Theater, Lake Erie Ink, and Literary Cleveland.

Highlights of the kick-off event include live music performed by In2ative, an overview of public programming, and a reading from the novel. Attendees of the event will also have a chance to explore CAL’s interpretation of the book’s Museum of Civilization.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again partner with the NEA to bring the Big Read to Cleveland and help highlight the importance of literacy in our city,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “Set in the Great Lakes region and filled with artistic themes – theater, classical music, and a graphic novel that gives the book its name – Station Eleven aligns well with CAL’s mission to ignite student learning, creativity, and success through the arts, making it the perfect choice for our read. We look forward to sharing this book and our programming with the entire community.”

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. One of 75 communities nationwide participating in the NEA Big Read this year, Cleveland will host its celebration of Station Eleven from September 23 – November 16, 2017. The full calendar of events includes book discussions, creative writing workshops, and graphic novel workshops – for both adults and teens – hosted by Lake Erie Ink and Literary Cleveland at local Cleveland Public Library branches, plus several other locations including Loganberry Books and Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern.

In addition to the public programming, CAL’s NEA Big Read grant also supports in-school programming, through which Great Lakes Theater will engage over 400 high school students in week-long Shakespeare residencies at Facing History New Tech High School and Garrett Morgan School of Science High School. Both schools will hold in-school kick-off events for their students. Facing History’s in-school kick-off is scheduled for August 30.

Details about the kick-off or other Big Read events can be found on our Big Read event page or by contacting CAL’s Special Projects Manager Megan Thompson at megan@arts-inspiredlearning.org.

For more information, please see the full announcement in the press release.

HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL WITH CAL’S 2017-18 RESOURCE GUIDE

The school year is here and so is CAL’s Resource Guide! We’ve added several new artists to our roster and have expanded our offerings for in-school programming, out-of-school time, and STEAM learning.

Check your mailbox for your copy or download the 2017-18 RESOURCE GUIDE today and see what’s new for this year.

Apply Now for ArtWorks Fall 2017!

ArtWorks – CAL’s immersive student apprentice program –is now accepting applications for its 5th fall session which will run from September 25 – December 13. Applicants should be in Grades 10, 11, or 12.

Over the course of the 12-week afterschool session, 40 student apprentices will earn a stipend while training every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in one of four arts-based co-ops. This fall’s art forms include: theatre, film making, digital illustration, and web design and development.

Every other Wednesday the ArtWorks apprentices will participate in professional development that include guest speaker workshops presented by Bank of America representatives who will provide coaching on personal banking and financial literacy and Volunteer Lawyers for Artists who will share insights on artist rights.

Apply now for ArtWorks Fall 2017.

ArtWorks Summer is Underway!

ArtWorks – CAL’s immersive apprentice program – kicks off its 12th summer session as 100 new student apprentices begin their training in one of eight arts-based co-ops. This summer’s art forms include: comic book creation, dance, game design, film making, performance poetry, photography, recording arts, and visual arts.

In addition to developing artistic expertise and building a sense of community-focused engagement, each Tuesday the ArtWorks apprentices will participate in professional development that introduces a wide range of career and life skills. Highlights of the upcoming guest speaker workshops include Bank of America representatives who will provide coaching on personal banking and financial literacy and Thomas Fox of Creative Mornings Cleveland who will share insights on marketing.

Over the course of the 5-week program, the paid apprentices train Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Participating students are from 28 schools throughout Northeast Ohio, including 11 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; 46% of students are Cleveland residents and 36% live in the inner ring suburbs; and students range from grades 9 – 12, with 80% in their sophomore or junior year.

The program culminates with a showcase performance on Tuesday, July 25 at 6pm at the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus. The showcase performance is free and open to the public.

Read more about ArtWorks and learn how to apply for the Fall session.