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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.

CENTER FOR ARTS-INSPIRED LEARNING’s ARTWORKS PROGRAM CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY

Teen arts-based jobs training program has hired over 1,000 students for unique, inspiring experience

Free performance & CELEBRATION

Tuesday, AUG 4, 6pm at TRI-C METRO CAMPUS

Main Stage Theater, 2900 Community College Ave, CLE, OH 44115

Cleveland, OH (July 31, 2015)—Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s student apprenticeship program uses the arts to prepare students for 21st-century success.

On their first day of work as ArtWorks apprentices, new students enter a room filled with strangers, artists, and goals—learn to work with other students from across Northeast Ohio to create new art. On the last day they leave inspired to pursue bold ambitions.

ArtWorks has employed 1,313 high school students from 69 Northeast Ohio schools in paid, arts-based apprenticeships that develop artistic expertise and cultivate core competences. By equipping students from diverse backgrounds with skills that are vital to educational and professional success—ingenuity, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, responsibility, project planning and management, communication, collaboration, and leadership—the program prepares for success in the 21st-century classroom and beyond.

Now in its 10th year, ArtWorks has grown in response to demand. Started by Marsha Dobrzynski and Deborah Ratner in 2005, the program began as a two-week pilot serving 50 teens under a tent in Shaker Square. It has expanded into a year-round program that engages a dozen partners in serving over 200 youth each year. Recent co-op offerings include dance, fashion design, recording arts, digital game design, photography, performance poetry, animation, and film.

Apprentices develop self-confidence through a variety of challenges, completing service-based projects, and hosting performances. Students participate in workshops with community partners focusing on financial literacy, resume writing, interviewing skills, and college admissions and financial aid processes. Presentations by guest speakers increase awareness of career opportunities and ways in which skills developed through arts education are valuable in a variety of professional settings. Apprentices leave the program with portfolios to use when applying for educational and employment opportunities—and ready to see a future of opportunity.

About the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (formerly Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio) enriches the lives of children and promotes creative learning by uniting arts and education.  Organized in 1953, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is the only multi-arts resource for schools and communities in the region  whose primary purpose is to make learning through the arts an essential part of young people’s education. Programs take place in public, private, and parochial schools as well as libraries, hospitals and other civic spaces, reaching nearly 220,000 young people each year. For more information visit www.arts-inspiredlearning.org

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Actor Matthew Lillard, Director Stephen Belber in Cleveland for Film Screening of MATCH—to Benefit Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Film’s actor and writer/director will join producer Matt Ratner for a Q+A following screening on January 31

Cleveland, OH (January 13, 2015)—Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (formerly Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio) welcomes a special screening of Match, a new film based on the Tony-nominated play of the same name, on Saturday, January 31 at 4pm at Cleveland’s Cedar Lee Theatre. An in-person Q+A will immediately follow the screening with actor Matthew Lillard, writer/director Stephen Belber, and producer and Shaker Heights native Matt Ratner. Proceeds from this screening will benefit Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s mission to integrate arts into the education of Northeast Ohio students.   

The film, which debuted this spring at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, stars Lillard, Patrick Stewart, and Carla Gugino. Stewart plays Tobi Powell, a beloved and aging Juilliard dance professor now leading a semi-hermitic life. As he is interviewed by a woman and her husband (Gugino and Lillard) for a dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple’s visit. Tribeca said “director Stephen Belber weaves effortlessly between riotous wit and delicate poignancy, unraveling the story of three people forced to confront ideas of responsibility, artistic commitment, and love.” The film will be released nationally on January 14, 2015.

Tickets for this benefit screening are $20 and are available online at clevelandcinemas.com.

Produced by David Permut, Matt Ratner, and Rick Rosenthal

Written by Stephen Belber

Starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Lillard

Cinematography Luke Geissbuhler; Edited by Madeleine Gavin

Production by Permut Presentations, Sentinel Pictures, Tilted Windmill Productions, and Whitewater Films

Distributed by IFC Films

About Writer/Director Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber is an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. He was born in Washington, D.C., attended Trinity College in Connecticut and the playwriting program at The Julliard School. Amongst his award-winning theater credits, Belber also wrote the screenplay for the 2001 film adaptation of his play, Tape, directed by Richard Linklater. Belber made his Broadway debut in 2004 with his play Match. He also directed the feature film, Management (2008), starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn.

About Actor Matthew Lillard

Matthew Lillard is an American actor, film director, and producer. He was born in Lansing, MI and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is known for roles in the films Serial Mom, Hackers, Scream, She’s All That, The Descendants, and Trouble with the Curve. Lilliard has also founded various theater groups.

About Producer Matt Ratner

Shaker Heights native Matt Ratner is an American producer. His other Producer credits include War Story (2014) with Catherine Keener and Ben Kingsley, and the 2015 releases Still Punching the Clown with Henry Phillips and J.K. Simmons and Band of Robbers with Kyle Gallner and Hannibal Buress, and Executive Producer of Manson Family Vacation (2015) starring Jay Duplass.

About the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (formerly Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio) enriches the lives of children and promotes creative learning by uniting arts and education. Organized in 1953, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is the only multi-arts resource for schools and communities in the region  whose primary purpose is to make learning through the arts an essential part of young people’s education. Programs take place in public, private and parochial schools as well as libraries, hospitals and other civic spaces, reaching nearly 220,000 young people each year. For more information visit arts-inspiredlearning.org  ###

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 ›

Leading Arts Education Organization Changes Its Name to Reflect Six Decades of Evolution.

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio is now the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning; Mission Continues to Enrich the Lives of Children and Promote Creative Learning by Uniting Arts and Education

logoCleveland, OH (September 30, 2013)—In reaching its 60th year of service to the region, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio announces a change to its identity, renaming the organization the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning to better reflect its mission, its programs today, and the services that it will provide to the region in the future. Read More ›