Cleveland Foundation Launches International Artist-In-Residence Program

Creative Fusion to expose Clevelanders to wide range of artists, cultures

Release Date: 06.16.2008

The Cleveland Foundation today announced the creation of a program that will invite foreign artists to spend up to a year in residence in Cleveland. The program, called Creative Fusion, will embed artists within local nonprofit institutions, affording them the opportunity for deep engagement with audiences across the area.

Many organizations around Greater Cleveland host artists from other cultures, but rarely do they have the resources to support the artists for more than a few weeks. Creative Fusion seeks to create a richer, more long-lasting impact by extending the visitor’s time and connections with the community.

“The arts are a powerful tool for bridging differences, expanding human imagination, and developing the kind of creative workforce we will need in the 21st century,” said Kathleen Cerveny, program director for arts and culture at the Cleveland Foundation. “We feel Creative Fusion will help Cleveland become an international city where creativity and diverse perspectives are embraced.”

Initially, the Cleveland Foundation is looking for accomplished or rapidly rising artists from underrepresented cultures whose work addresses the human experience within these cultures. Artists working in any discipline will be considered, but the foundation is particularly interested in visual artists to launch the program. Host organizations will serve as intellectual and creative homes for visiting artists, arranging multiple opportunities for the community to interact with them.

Potential host organizations and others can find out more about Creative Fusion by contacting the Cleveland Foundation at 216-861-3810 or logging on to ClevelandFoundation.org/grants/our-priorities/arts-and-culture.

The Cleveland Foundation will host information sessions about Creative Fusion on Thursday, July 10, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at the Cleveland Foundation offices, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300, in downtown Cleveland. To RSVP for either session, please  Mary Clare Donnelly.

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Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s third-largest today, with assets of $1.9 billion and 2006 grants surpassing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders in perpetuity by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation (including advanced energy and globalization), public school improvement, early childhood and youth development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement.

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