See Cleveland Through the Eyes of International Artists

Artists begin 3-month stay in Cleveland with tours of city

CLEVELAND – Five international artists will get their first look at the city that will be their home through November when they tour downtown Cleveland and some of our city’s cultural highlights on September 11 and September 12. The artists are here through Creative Fusion, a Cleveland Foundation program which creates extended artist residencies to maximize the cultural exchange between the artists and the Cleveland community.

The artists include dancers, a musician, and visual artists from Sri Lanka, India, Armenia, Mexico, and Chile. Each artist will be hosted by a local arts organization. The hosts include Inlet Dance Theatre, Rainey Institute, Trinity Cathedral, Young Audiences, and Zygote Press.

The artists will enjoy a two-hour walking tour of downtown on Tuesday, September 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Highlights will include Public Square, the Arcade, Cleveland Public Library, and the Old Stone Church.

On Wednesday, September 12, the artists will get a broader look at our area through a bus tour starting at 10 a.m. A highlight of the tour will be a drive through University Circle so the artists can get their first look at some of our city’s leading cultural institutions. The bus tour will make two extended stops where the artists will debark – at Trinity Cathedral (from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.) and the Masonic Auditorium, which houses Inlet Dance Theatre (from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.).

Each host arts organization is developing a residency plan for their artist which will include a variety of public performances (details to come). In addition, an important goal of the program is for the artist to create a lasting artistic legacy for their host city.  Some of the projects created by visiting artists in the pilot phase of the program – a play that was written and performed during the playwright’s residency and a portable store, dubbed a ShopBox, designed by a visiting architect. The ShopBox concept is now the BookBox, just unveiled by the Cleveland Public Library this summer.

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Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation  is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2011 grants of $80 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit ClevelandFoundation.org.


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