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NEA Big Read Cleveland announces public programming

The county-wide celebration of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine kicks off 1/23

(Cleveland, OH—January 16, 2019) The NEA Big Read Cleveland announced today its public programming around its celebration of Citizen: An American Lyric, beginning with a free public keynote event featuring the book’s author, Claudia Rankine, on Wednesday, January 23 from 7-8:30pm at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Parma Snow Branch (2121 Snow Rd, Parma, OH 44134). Managed in Cleveland by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), the NEA Big Read is a nation-wide community reading program that broadens our understanding of the world, our communities and ourselves through sharing a good book.

One of 75 communities nationwide participating in the 2019 NEA Big Read, Cleveland‘s celebration of Citizen includes 50+ events hosted by more than 30 partners throughout Cuyahoga County between January 23 and March 2019.

Attendees of January 23 kickoff will be treated to a conversation between Rankine and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas, an original poem by CAL resident teaching artist, Kalim Hill, and a book signing. Attendees can reserve a seat to the kickoff here. Several area libraries will livestream the event, including Lakewood Library Main Branch and Heights Library Lee Road Branch.

In addition to the kickoff, the community can participate in Big Read through book discussions, writing and poetry workshops, film screenings, performances, and more. Find the full calendar of events at BigReadCLE.com and check back frequently, as more events are still being added.

“We are thrilled that Claudia Rankine will be here to discuss her book as our programming gets underway,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “We can’t think of a better way to set the tone for the rest of our read, which aims to break down negative stereotypes while providing opportunities for meaningful self-reflection and productive discussion about the impact of racism and intolerance on our community.

“It is with great excitement that CAL has been able to partner with so many community organizations throughout Cuyahoga County to help our 2019 programming reach a much wider audience – in Cleveland and beyond.”

Though public programming continues through the end of March, a county-wide poetry slam on Saturday, March 9 will serve as the official culminating event. Presented by Lake Erie Ink and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), the poetry slam will be held at 2:30pm in the CMA Auditorium. Open to Cuyahoga County youth in grades 7-12, up to 20 teens will compete during the three-round slam. Presented poems must be original works and inspired by Citizen.

In addition to public programming, CAL’s 2019 NEA Big Read grant award also supports in-school programming. Students from 24 participating schools will engage with Citizen through poetry or visual art workshops presented by CAL teaching artists that have been customized to complement the classroom work surrounding the reading of the book. Schools are also invited to attend the in-school kick-off – a second, school-only author event to be held on Thursday, January 24 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Rankine’s participation during the 2019 NEA Big Read in Cleveland is supported by Ohio Humanities, Cuyahoga County Public Library, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

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For media inquiries, contact CAL Marketing Manager, Katie McCullough at katie@arts-inspiredlearning.org. For a calendar of events for the NEA Big Read in Cleveland visit BigReadCLE.com.

Community members can also participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read via social media by following #BigReadCLE or #CitizenCLE and by 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 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.

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.

LEARN MORE

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.