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Black Lives Matter Street Mural Just the First Part of ‘Elevate the East’ Public Art Initiative in Cleveland

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click to enlarge The Black Lives Matter street mural recently painted on E. 93rd, the letters of which were designated to individual artists and students to decorate, could not have offered a timelier kickoff to “Elevate the East,” a new public art initiative in Wards 4, 5 and 6. Ward......
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Brian Regan to Perform at Hilarities in August

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Comedian Brian Regan dropped out of school to pursue a career in comedy back in 1980. At the time, he had no idea whether he’d made the right decision. Decades later, it appears that Regan, a comedy superstar, did the right thing. “I just knew when I was young that......
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Third Annual Cleveland History Days Celebration to Offer In-Person, Virtual and Self-Guided Experiences

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click to enlarge Due to coronavirus concerns, the third annual Cleveland History Days, which kicks off at noon tomorrow with a Facebook Live event from Cozad Bates House, will offer a variety of in-person, virtual and self-guided Cleveland history-themed experiences that adhere to social distancing practices. Some highlights include a......
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From East Cleveland to a National Poetry Fellowship: Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate Honey Bell-Bey Is Getting Her Due

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click to enlarge Cuyahoga County poet laureate Honey Bell-Bey recently received an award from the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships. The prizes, $50,000 to $100,000 in range, are unrestricted awards given to commend poets appointed to serve in civic positions. Receiving the nod was a major moment for Bell-Bey,......
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Filmmaker Traces the Tragic, Unorthodox Story of Akron Poet and Philosopher Walter Delbridge

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click to enlarge Production is underway on ‘Comeback Evolution,’ a documentary that tells the fascinating story of a lesser-known Akron legend — Walter Delbridge, a prolific poet and philosopher whose poems were published alongside the likes of Langston Hughes, Lead Belly, Gwendolyn Brooks and Audre Lorde. Filmmaker Kate Tucker, who......
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moCa Cleveland Executive Director Jill Snyder Resigns After Cancellation of Exhibition on Police Violence

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The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Executive Director, Jill Snyder, has announced her resignation as of Friday June 19th after 23 years with the museum and just weeks after publicly apologizing for canceling ‘The Breath of Empty Space,’ an exhibition that had been slated to debut in Cleveland this month featuring......
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Artist David King Digs Into Vintage Edgewater Shots for a New Perspective on Isolation

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click to enlarge David King, a Cleveland artist and teacher who was born in Stow, Ohio and received his MFA in painting from Kent State University, has been producing his latest series, “Social Distance,” using a surprising device to illustrate the concep:, a kiddie pool. One day after doing his......
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Karamu House to Debut New Production ‘Freedom on Juneteenth’ Online Today

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Friday, June 19, 2020 Karamu House to Debut New Production ‘Freedom on Juneteenth’ Online Today Posted By Brett Zelman on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 8:53 AM click to enlarge In honor of Juneteenth today, Karamu House (2355 East 89th St.,), the oldest African American theatre in the United States, will......
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78th Street Studios Restarts Third Fridays With a Scaled-Back Event This Week

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click to enlarge Courtesy 78th Street Studios After a lengthy and extended closure due to the coronavirus, 78th Street Studios is ready to begin welcoming back visitors to a slightly different, scaled-back version of its popular monthly Third Friday art walk event. Changes include some predictable ones, like widely available......
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The Story of One Day During the Pandemic in Cleveland, by Cleveland

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Last month, Literary Cleveland invited everyone in the city to participate in a collective writing experience documenting what happened in greater Cleveland on May 12. The response was overwhelming: 140 people from all across the city submitted a combined 95,880 words and 346 photos. In other words, Clevelanders wrote the......
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New Belt Anthology Will Put Black Midwestern Voices Front and Center

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click to enlarge To read coverage of the nebulous Midwest, during election season, say, is to encounter a region of abundant whiteness. Permanent whiteness. Plenty of diners. This coverage and the images it perpetuates are at best incomplete. Thankfully, an anthology of Black writers, to be published in September, will......
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moCa Cleveland Apologizes After Canceling Exhibition by Black Artist Illustrating Police Violence Against Minorities

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click to enlarge When moCa Cleveland made the decision back in March to cancel a June exhibition called ‘The Breath of Empty Space’ featuring artist Shaun Lenardo’s charcoal drawings of police violence, it did so not because of the coronavirus, but because “we encountered troubling community response that suggested at......
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Local Artist Elizabeth Adams Takes Her Pandemic 2020 Project On the Road

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click to enlarge Cleveland photographer, painter and mixed media artist Elizabeth Adams’ latest series, “Pandemic 2020,” is a “visual journal.” She captures, through the camera’s lens, her long-time neighborhood of Tremont, the blossoming Cleveland spring and reverent moments with friends before revving up a rental car this past Thursday in......
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Samantha Bias Teams with Botanical Garden for an Ephemeral Exhibition — Photo Synthesis: Transformative Environmentalists

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click to enlarge Acclaimed Cleveland artist Samantha Bias has partnered with the Cleveland Botanical Garden to present “Photo Synthesis: Transformative Environmentalists,” an exhibition which will highlight some of the most prominent environmental advocates, humanitarians and animal rights activists throughout time. The solo exhibition is (due to the pandemic) tentatively slated......
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Akron-Based Poetry is Life Publishing Releases Local Poet Barbara Marie Minney’s New Book

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Courtesy of Poetry is Life Publishing A native of West Virginia, local poet Barbara Marie Minney writes personal and emotional poetry that captures what it’s like to “live her truth” as a transgender woman. She began her transition to “living authentically” as the woman that she now knows she was......
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Art for Ohio Fundraiser Features New Work From Several of Cleveland’s Best Artists

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click to enlarge Local artist Justin Lipsky has just launched Art for Ohio, a fundraiser that features new work from notable local artists such as Bob Peck, OK Pants, Vada Azeem, Justin Hustle, Glen Infante, Corey Forde, Shawn Coss, Churkh and more. All profits will be donated to the Children’s......
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Kill Joy, Zygote Press’s Artist in Residency, Brings Vibrancy When We Need it Most

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click to enlarge “This mural is a direct response to the world that the pandemic is showing us. We need to see what another way of living can look like,” says Kill Joy, the 32-year-old Texan who is the latest Artist in Residency at Zygote Press, of the mural she......
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RUST Author Eliese Goldbach, Akron Author David Giffels to Appear in Virtual Event Thursday

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click to enlarge Local author Eliese Goldbach, whose memoir, RUST, was published earlier this year, will read from and discuss her new book Thursday evening in a virtual event hosted by Loganberry Books. Goldbach will be in conversation with Akron author David Giffels, whose latest book, Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand......
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Death, Destruction, Vice & Sleaze: Jake Kelly Releases the First Installment of Cleveland True Crime Series “Doomsday Map”

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click to enlarge Cleveland artist and illustrator Jake Kelly has released the first in what aims to be a long series of comic books exploring Cleveland’s squalid past. “Doomsday Map” is the 24-page, primarily black and white, true crime installment of what Kelly hopes to eventually become his first graphic......
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CAN Arts Journal Apologizes for Lack of Diversity on Cover of Summer 2020 Issue

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click to enlarge There’s a whole lot of color in the assorted facemasks and backgrounds of CAN arts journal’s 2020 Summer issue, but not a whole of different colors in the faces behind those masks. CAN editor Michael Gill wrote a brief, heartfelt apology this week, admitting that, “The cover......

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