Foundation Welcomes 7 International Artists to Cleveland for 3-month Residencies

Local arts organizations hosting artists and providing opportunities for community engagement

Release Date: 4.16.2013

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation has welcomed seven international artists to Cleveland for 3-month community-engaged residencies as part of our Creative Fusion program. Through the program, local arts organizations are hosting the artists with the goal to maximize the cultural exchange between the artists and the community.

“We want that cultural exchange to happen on multiple levels,” says Kathleen Cerveny, director of institutional learning and arts initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation. “In addition to working on their own creative projects while they are here, we want to share the talents of the artists with the general public. We work with the host organizations to provide public events and we encourage exchange between the visiting artists and the rich network of local artists that our city has. This allows the artists to grow professionally from diverse world perspectives.”

The visiting artists are from Brazil, Chile, China, India, Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam and are being hosted by Art House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ingenuity Festival, Rainey Institute, Young Audiences, and Zygote Press.

The Artists

Ana Paula Jones is a theater and performing artist from Brazil. She is deeply engaged with issues of youth, indigenous peoples, gender equality, and cultural policy. She has originated or participated in productions in Brazil, Italy, and the U.S. and is an actress on Brazilian television. She is being hosted by Cleveland Public Theatre, which is dedicated to producing adventurous and bold theatre that addresses critical issues in a contemporary aesthetic.

Alka Mathur is a visual artist from India. Her work is community-based and often addresses issues of women at home. She works collaboratively, using found objects to develop and create projects of meaning for the community. She has led workshops and exhibited in many countries. She is being hosted by Art House, which was founded in 1999 by local artists and residents dedicated to the belief that the arts enrich lives and help create better communities.

Daniela Pizarro is a multi-disciplinary artist from Chile. She specializes in working with communities of disadvantaged and disabled individuals. Her work focuses on developing the link between performance or performance art and the concept of community. She is being hosted by Rainey Institute, which is dedicated to positive change for Greater Cleveland’s youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts.

Project Room: tjinchina. Mely Barragan and Daniel Ruanova are an artist couple with art practices in two countries – China and Mexico. They are deeply interested in collaborative public art projects that reflect the issues in their communities. They are being hosted by Zygote Press, whose mission it is to enable artists to produce fine art prints within an atmosphere of collective exchange by providing them with affordable work space and exhibition opportunities.

Yun Sabi is an installation and media artist from Korea. His work focuses on issues of the urban poor. He has exhibited widely in Seoul, London, Beijing, and Germany. He is interested in learning more about the United States and the First Amendment. He is being hosted by Ingenuity. Ingenuity grew out of the annual Festival into a year-round organization that explores the space where humanity and technology meet. It fosters collaborations between creative technologists, artists, inventors, businesses, and academic institutions.

Hue Pham Thi is a singer, composer, and World Master of traditional music and instruments from Vietnam. She is a graduate of the Hanoi Conservatory and has won many awards for her performance of traditional Vietnamese music. She is being hosted by Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, which focuses on enriching the lives of children and promoting creative learning by uniting arts and education.

This is the second cohort of artists to visit our city through the Creative Fusion program. The first group of five artists spent last September through November in Cleveland. During their 3-month stay, the artists from Armenia, Chile, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and India engaged with more than 10,000 community members including more than 800 elementary, high school, and college students, 400 local artists, and 9,000 members of the general public.

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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 $1.86 billion and 2012 grants of $91 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.