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The Creative Compass event calendar is focused on events geared toward individual artists. For a list of public arts and culture events in Cleveland, visit


August 2020


Beck Center Online Summer Camps and Classes

Beck Center for the Arts
Jun 08, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Ed Gallagher, Director of Education at Beck Center for the Arts for over 25 years, as well as a trained music therapist says, “Challenging times call for creative solutions and Beck Center faculty members have put together an exciting line-up of over 80 classes, 21 camps, and a myriad of private lessons for the community this summer. Being home can be creative, it can be fun, and it can be a time of exploration. Our online camps, classes, lessons, and creative arts opportunities provide the community with amazing ways to make this the best summer possible. Our programming is for ages six months to 100 years of age. Many of us will spend a lot of time at home this summer. Spend some of that time being creative with Beck Center as you explore new opportunities or expand upon your growing skills – with #Beck@Home, right there for you.”

Each class is around 30-45 minutes each week and has several ways to engage, so the student can work on the course material when it works best for them. Classes are open to continuing students, and new students. Registration is available now. Camps begin June 8 and classes run thorough August 14, 2020.

Register today at

Financial assistance is available. Please contact Ed Gallagher at for details.

Private music lessons are available year round. Please contact Jessica McGrath at for details.

Love Is: An Exploration of Toni Morrison's Literature (Session 2)

Literary Cleveland
Jun 20, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join us for part two of a deep dive into the fictional oeuvre of the Lorain native and Nobel Prize-winning author that provides participants four weeks of preparation for each session due to the dense nature and intricate artistry of Morrison’s prose. Explore the work of a local hero and one of the greatest writers of all time.‍

Reader series classes take you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors will provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author’s body of work. Each participant can decide how they choose to engage with the classes. You can read the books ahead of time, read them as the class progresses, or read them after the class has concluded. No matter your level of prior knowledge, you will receive a wealth of materials and insights in a condensed period, like a masterclass or a great course, only right here in Cleveland.

Adult Ballet Class

Cleveland Ballet
Jul 06, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Cleveland Ballet | Community, Hone Your Craft
School of Cleveland Ballet is excited to announce they will be offering Adult Ballet Class July 6th -August 8th. Classes are for Beginner to Advanced students for on $15.00 PER CLASS!!!

Classes will run:
Monday and Wednesday

To register call 216-320-9000 or email

Molly Baber | Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director|

Cleveland City Dance Summer Session

Cleveland City Dance
Jul 06, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020 Various times | In-studio Rotation and Virtual/Live Streaming | Community, Hone Your Craft
Cleveland City Dance is pleased to announce that they are resuming in-person classes and continuing live-streaming classes for our five-week session beginning July 6 and running through August 8. They will be following social distancing protocols as they remain cautious and careful while opening their doors to keep all students safe.

This is the link for the most up-to-date schedule for classes and camps

They have a full set of social distancing protocols that they have in place to keep all students and faculty safe. For protocols please visit us In July they are working to only have teachers and staff wearing facemask, and students wearing facemask as optional, yet highly recommended.

Odyssey Program Online Summer Film Camp

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts
Jul 13, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020 2:00-4:00 PM | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new four-week interactive online course for students aged 13-18 will teach skills in film analysis, story development, screenwriting, production, and postproduction.

Each week, an expert instructor from the School of Film & Media Arts will deliver video lectures on a variety of film topics and an array of industry luminaries will also provide pointers and advice to the students through special video messages. Given fun assignments designed to spark creativity, students will present their work to their classmates at a group Zoom session at the conclusion of each week. Students will also learn the fundamentals of film analysis by viewing a film each week and breaking down its elements during a mid-week instructor-led discussion. Online camp counselors will also be available to the guide the students through the creative process. At the completion of the course, students will have created an original short film that will be screened at an online film festival, to be held on Friday, August 7.

Learn more here or by clicking above:

Voice 101

Amanda Powell
Jul 19, 2020 - Aug 09, 2020 7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
This series is for people who say things like “I’ve always wanted to learn about singing,” or “I really want to know more about how to use my voice.” Together, in zoom format we will explore the basics of the voice—from the physical and technical aspects of singing, to how and why the voice can emotionally reach us in deep and profound ways. We will vocalize, learn songs, sing “together” and have a joyous time!

4 weeks on Sunday evenings, 7pm EST
Session #1: July 19, 26, August 2, 9
60-minute session together
Caps at 10 participants

Inlet's Summer Dance Intensive Jr

Inlet Dance Theatre
Aug 03, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM | The Music Settlement at Ohio City | Community
Just like Inlet’s longstanding Summer Dance Intensive, SDI Jr focuses on creating a supportive community for young dancers ages 6-12, exposing students to the collaborative dance-making process, and increasing technical and performance skills.

This 1-week intro camp includes improvisation-based movement games, modern technique, creating new choreography and more! This year will include variations of current and past Inlet works! This camp will culminate with an informal showing for family and friends.

Faculty for the Summer Dance Intensive Jr is comprised of the professional dancers and instructors of Inlet Dance Theatre. Instructors are First Aid Certified and have completed extensive background checks.

***Inlet is committed to running SDI Jr 2020 as scheduled. We will, of course, defer to the State and Federal guidelines regarding Stay at Home orders and social distancing. In the event they have to cancel due to COVID-19 factors, they will fully refund all Tuition.***

$250/half day option (9am-12pm)
$400/full day option (9am-3:30pm)
Scholarships are available; please see event website link for more info.

How I Got to Perform with an Oscar Winner: Tips on Building Your Acting Career

Shaker Arts Council
Aug 04, 2020 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
During the one hour session, Peter Lawson Jones will provide guidance on how you, as a Cleveland-based actor, can build an acting career; share stories of his evolution as an actor; and, most importantly, answer your questions. Peter is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity.

Artists Centering Access

Creative Capital
Aug 04, 2020 4-5:30 p.m. | Online | Community, Build Your Business
In this conversation, a group of artists, event programmers, and designers will talk about what it means to center access in creative encounters both in-person and online. The panel will explore how disability intersects with user experience and design, and the larger role that access plays in movements towards social justice. This event will be moderated by Josh Halstead and Jarah Moesch of the Critical Design Lab, a multi-disciplinary and multi-institution collaborative drawing on the methods of critical and interrogative design, intersectional feminist design theory, and crip technoscience to address thorny questions about accessibility. They will be joined by Sina Bahram, founder of Prime Access Consulting, and Camisha L. Jones, poet and managing director of Split This Rock.

Sing Your Story

Amanda Powell
Aug 05, 2020 - Aug 26, 2020 7 p.m. | Hone Your Craft
This series is for people who have some experience with singing and want to further explore their unique voice and expression. We will explore technical aspects of the voice through vocalizing and breath strengthening exercises. At the core of our time together, we will focus on singing songs and making sounds that emotionally move and inspire us. As we journey through the series, we will use improvisation, writing, song exploration and unique ways of joining our voices together. “Sing Your Story” invites you to connect with the musical expression deep within you and cultivate an even greater joy of singing.
4 weeks on Wednesday evenings at 7pm EST
Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26
90-minute session together
Caps at 12 participants

Amanda Powell loves to explore the crossroads of vocal technique and deep musical expression. She is a student and teacher of healthy singing and vocal production, as well as a master storyteller through song. Amanda has served on the voice faculty at a number of schools and currently teaches at Cleveland State University. Amanda enjoys a diverse performance career that includes baroque, classical, folk, jazz and global music performance.

Intensive Teacher Training: Applied Drama for Students With Autism and other Developmental/Physical Disabilities

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Aug 10, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020 2-5 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Applied Drama for Students With Autism and other Developmental/Physical Disabilities A One Week Online Professional Development Workshop for Teachers Taught by Wendy Duke and Laura Valendza, co-founders of The Center for Applied Drama and Autism. Duke and Valendza have presented their work at the Milestones National Autism Conference, OCALICON, the National Autism Society Conference, Very Special Arts Intersections (state, regional and national) conferences. August 10 - 14 3 hours per day for a total of 15 hours: 2 - 5 pm on Zoom CEUs available. This will be an interactive workshop. Be prepared to act! Day 1 — Theatre Games for developing social skills in real life and online Day 2 — Physical Acting for communication with body language and voice/sound. Day 3 — Inclusive Improv for all abilities Day 4 — Emotional Expression: Self Advocacy and Anti-Bullying Day 5 — Designing curriculum. Plus a Practice class with students. CADA students and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the training. Ample hand-outs will be available for participants to download. CEUs will be available.

SalonEra Episode 1: All-Bach

Les Délices
Aug 24, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
The music of J.S. Bach is at once joyful and serious, accessible & intellectual. Perhaps most importantly, it feeds the soul in troubled times. Don’t miss the debut episode featuring Sherezade Panthaki (soprano), Shelby Yamin (violin) & SalonEra Artists in Residence including Eric Milnes (keyboard) and Mélisande Corriveau (viola da gamba and cello).

SalonEra is the innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!