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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 ›

CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski accepts 2018 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio for Arts Education.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning Awarded 2018 Governor’s Award for Arts Education in Ohio

(Cleveland, OH—January 24, 2018) Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) has been named the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio winner for Arts Education. Presented annually by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) and Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA), the arts education category recognizes significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Ohio’s schools and community organizations. Read More ›

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. Read More ›

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.

Success with STEAM

Arts are about experimentation. It is a process that looks at the familiar, then flips the perspective to reveal new thinking. Colors, shapes, and lines come together to create a desired or an unexpected result. Music and movement develop patterns and themes that challenge their surroundings. The freedom to think beyond a set structure creates authentic experiences through arts-infused education. And that critical, creative thinking is the basis of the STEM to STEAM movement.

It has been a mission of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to change the conversation to add Art and Design to the national agenda of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer. Art and design education teaches the flexible thinking, risk-taking and creative problem solving skills needed to solve today’s most complex and pressing challenges±from healthcare to urban revitalization to global warming.

In an article for Edutopia.org, Arts Integration Specialist Susan Riley wrote about the way that STEAM brings together the critical components of how and what, and laces them together with why. “Think of STEAM as teaching through integrated network hubs where information is curated, shared, explored and molded into new ways of seeing and being through collaborative risk taking and creativity. This means that students are using the skills and processes learned in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics to think deeply, ask non-Googleable questions and solve problems.”

Educators are seeing a rise in student curriculum retention when the arts are part of the learning. That’s where Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s experienced teaching artists are an essential aspect to the classroom. “It provides an authentic experience for learning,” said CAL Resident Teaching Artist Emma Parker. “The arts get kids up and out of chairs which energizes a different part of the brain. It takes the learning experience and makes it tangible.”

CAL artist collaborate with educators, using curriculum goals to find a new and different pathway in order to reach a broad section of learners. Developing these project-based strategies to tackle education engages students in ways to retain knowledge because they helped create their own learning. “When I go back into a school, students I had years earlier stop me in the hall to show me the dance moves we learned and tell me how it helps them with their subjects,” said Parker. “They are so excited to show me they remembered.”

Industries recognize there is no innovation without creativity. How can we keep challenging students and prepare for the needs of a 21st-Century landscape? Let’s start now with a creative present to spark their innovative futures.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS CAL BRINGS THE ARTS INTO STEM LEARNING?

Design Thinking Workshops, in partnership with the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Institute, that prepare students for critical thinking, solutions-based learning.

Painting ratios and fractions by mixing paint and representing metrics through the visual changes in color.

Using dance and the force of the body to explore gravity in a combination of technology, science theory, and the movement of the human body.

Sound Science, taking a musical journey through the scientific concepts of how sound travels.

There are so many ways to integrate the arts into a rich learning experience. Talk to CAL’s Education Department to discuss the best ways to partner. View a sample of our programs or call 216.561.5005 to speak to one of our arts-integration experts.

Can the Arts Help a School Reach Its Full Potential

Franklin Elementary in Elyria Welcomes Teaching Artists Into Every Classroom

In the 2014-15 school year, Franklin Elementary in Elyria set many goals to build a stronger school. They want to increase depth of learning, test scores, student retention, and parental involvement. And they are using the arts to bring the school down the path to success. In a unique residency partnership, and with the support of a grant from The Stocker Foundation, all students are able to work directly with a Center for Arts-Inspired Learning teaching artist. CAL worked directly with teachers to find the best use for arts to underline their curriculum. Pre-K students used The Wiggle Jig program to improve kindergarten readiness by infusing movement and dance into other subject areas. Kindergarten, first and second grade students worked with the Arts for Learning-Between the Lions Residencies to engage in increased literacy development. Third-graders used the visual arts for a Marvelous Math Residency, creating a math-based mural that became a permanent fixture in the school. Fourth-graders used history lessons in a play celebrating the cultures that settled the state of Ohio. And fifth grade students worked in a Digital Filmmaking Residency to develop and film demonstration videos of various physical science concepts.

“Throughout the school year, the program really helped bring a lot of students out of their shells and parents were able to notice a difference in their students’ gross motor skills,” said Erin German, a PreK Teacher at Franklin Elementary. “Parents loved every extra support that we were able to give students last year.” All of this culminated in an evening of arts programming where adults and siblings participated in the same active learning and eager children could be the teachers for their families. And it was a night to showcase the new success and excitement at the school.

Arts Allow Freedom of Expression at Juvenile Justice Center

The arts are a powerful form of expression, especially for those most in need of channeling their hopes and strengths in new ways. For the first time in a long-term partnership with the Juvenile Justice Center of Cuyahoga County, CAL artists worked with the youth in their detention housing to engage in the arts in a way they have not been able to before. It opened possibilities to learn about themselves and for some, the opportunity to just be playful for the first time.

CAL artists designed projects that practiced discipline through percussion drumming, individual purpose through visual arts, drawing out and reflecting on personal experience through journaling, and creating trust through theater games. “Designing and creating a three-dimensional object can be a powerful force for change and growth,” said visual artist Kristen Cliffel. “Taking control of things that we are able to moves us forward and gives us purpose and meaning.”