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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 http://www.cacgrants.org/find-an-event/.

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TMP School of Dance 2020-2021 Season

The Movement Project
Sep 15, 2020 - May 12, 2021 | 2592 W. 14th Street Cleveland Ohio 44113 |
TMP School of Dance
FALL 2020-SPRING 2021 • ENROLLING NOW!
The Movement Project School of Dance is the official school of professional Cleveland based Modern dance company The Movement Project. The Movement Project, was founded in 2009, and has been performing throughout the northeast Ohio area as a staple in the dance community. Since it's start TMP has provided quality and affordable dance education through their outreach in schools and community centers, summer dance intensives, and workshops/master classes. In Fall 2017 The Movement Project opened their School of Dance as a home for weekly youth dance classes. All classes are taught by The Movement Project's professional educators. As a dance school we strive to build meaningful connections to youth and families in our community by providing affordable youth dance education that focuses on a well rounded curriculum, a professional environment, and a safe and exciting space that cultivates learning!

FALL 2020-SPRING 2021 SEASON
Sept. 15th 2020 - May 12th 2021 (holiday breaks listed via our website)

+Creative Movement & Ballet 1 (Age 3-5) Miss Elyse

Class Day/Time: Wednesday 4:45-5:30pm [45min]

+Creative Movement & Ballet 2 (Age 5-6) Miss Elyse

Class Day/Time: Wednesday 5:30-6:15 pm [45min]

+Modern & Ballet 1 (Age 6-8) Miss Meghan

Class Day/Time: Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm [1hr]

+Modern & Ballet 2 (Age 9-14) Miss Elyse

Class Day/Time: Wednesday 6:15-7:45pm [1.5hrs]

Location:
2nd Floor of Pilgrim Congregational Church
2592 W 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

PHONE: (216) 694-8241

EMAIL: SOD@THEMOVEMENTPROJECT.ORG

WEBSITE: http://www.themovementproject.org/school-of-dance

Shaker Arts Council Winter/Spring Virtual Classes

Shaker Arts Council
Jan 17, 2021 - May 30, 2021 Various Times | Online | Hone Your Craft
Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) announces a Winter/Spring series of community virtual art classes and webinars. General classes for students of every age will be offered after-school and on weekends during the 2021 winter/spring sessions January 17 - March 20 and March 21– May 30. Community art classes specifically geared to K-12 students will be offered during a February Mini Session, Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, 2021.

The Art of Reading Book Club

Shaker Arts Council
Feb 24, 2021 - May 26, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. | Online | Community
The saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words" so let’s explore that! Come spend a cozy and casual evening discussing an eclectic mix of books with art related storylines, explore the images they showcase and the times they reflect. Pre read the book or just join for the experience of connecting with fellow art lovers. Free and open to everyone. Until we can visit art in person again, we can do this. With Margaret Reardon.

Dates: Meetings will be held the Fourth Wednesday of each month.
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Books by week:
February 24: The Last Painting of Sara Devos by Dominic Smith
March 24: Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist by Stephen A Kurkjian
April 28: The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
May 26:The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

Cleveland Dance Project Master Classes

Cleveland Dance Project
Mar 07, 2021 - May 09, 2021 1-2:30 p.m. | Zoom and in-person | Hone Your Craft
CDP workshops & master classes are open to ages 16 and up. Although classes are meant to challenge the intermediate to professional adult dancer, all levels are welcome to attend and learn a new style in an open, stress-free environment. This spring, all classes will be held Sundays from 1-2:30pm at Above The Barre in Berea (1450 W Bagley Rd)
In person dance classes are $15 each. Reserve your spot by pre-registering and pre-paying. Walk ins are welcome, IF there is still space available. You can attend our classes on Zoom if you’re not ready to be in the studio, or if space is full, for $10. Space is limited for social distancing so make sure you preregister now!

Reader Series: Refugee Narratives

Literary Cleveland
Mar 20, 2021 - May 15, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
This class examines contemporary authors’ engagement with forced migration, with an emphasis on three highly-acclaimed texts—Dave Eggers’ "What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng" (2006), Viet Thanh Nguyen’s "The Refugees" (2017), and Valeria Luiselli’s "Lost Children Archive" (2019). How are refugees represented in contemporary US narratives? How do literary authors dismantle stereotypical depictions of forced migration in their work? Can fiction writers challenge the power structures that block the movement of today’s refugees or do their narratives reinforce and erase these? And what can we learn about becoming witnesses of today's mass displacements from their work?

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Poetry Writing & Revision

Literary Cleveland
Apr 06, 2021 - May 25, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This is a seminar in the writing and revision of poetry. You will learn poetic forms, meter, and revision strategies from the works of Wanda Coleman, Yoko Ono, CA Conrad, Shane McCrae, Russell Atkins, and RD Liang. These lessons will be applied in a Critical Response Process workshop. By the end of the class, you will produce eight poems and develop new writing strategies.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Writing in Character: Developing an Authentic First Person Voice

Literary Cleveland
Apr 06, 2021 - May 04, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
What makes a character memorable? How about one that's fun to read? Or one you loathe? Creating an authentic first person voice is more than just filling in a worksheet. Step into the life of your character through an improv-style approach that takes you beyond the worksheet, learning about the messages characters project through body language, word choice, and more.
This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Cleveland Act Now (CAN) Academy: Fantasy! - Juniors

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 12, 2021 - May 27, 2021 4-5 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Taught by Zyrece Montgomery, CPT Education Associate, FANTASY! – JUNIORS explores acting fundamentals with a special focus on the magical world! Young artists will travel through imaginary lands while engaging in theatre arts activities that grow character embodiment, big bold play, and story structure knowledge. Young artists will also develop their vocal and physical expression through daily body-voice training. Spring session culminates with a virtual showcase for family and friends on final class day. CAN Academy performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join in this spring for this JOYFUL exploration of play!

This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the Cleveland Foundation. All classes are through Zoom. Young artist must have a device and stable internet connection to participate.

7-8 years old: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 9-10 years old: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Application Deadline: April 5, 2021

Reader Series: Two Books on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Literary Cleveland
Apr 13, 2021 - May 11, 2021 12 noon | Zoom | Community
Join attorney Karen Giffen, co-founder of the law firm Giffen and Kaminski and frequent author and presenter on women and diversity, for a two-book reader's series that ends with free tickets to the Maltz Museum's special exhibition, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on view at the Maltz Museum February 24 through August 29, 2021.

Cleveland Act Now (CAN) Academy: Storytelling & Ensemble Creation - Seniors

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 13, 2021 - May 28, 2021 4-5:15 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Faye Hargate, CPT Director of Community Ensembles, STORYTELLING & ENSEMBLE CREATION– SENIORS explores acting fundamentals with a special focus on ensemble creation. Young artists will work together to develop original stories, exploring creation techniques and storytelling methods as a team. Young artists will also develop their vocal and physical expression through daily body-voice training. Spring session culminates with a virtual showcase for family and friends on the final day. CAN Academy performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join in this spring for this JOYFUL exploration of play!

This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the Cleveland Foundation. All classes are through Zoom. Young artist must have a device and stable internet connection to participate.

For youth ages 11-14 years old, Tuesdays & Fridays, 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Application Deadline: April 5, 2021

Grief & Catharsis: Writing It Out in the Pandemic

Literary Cleveland
Apr 17, 2021 - May 29, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
After losing her husband, musician Alan Merrill (writer of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”) to Covid-19, Joanna Lisanti told a reporter, “People don’t even know what it’s like to grieve alone. You have no one to hug, no one to touch; no one can help you. That’s the difference with this epidemic. That’s what this virus is doing. It’s not just punishing the people who die; it’s punishing the people who are left.”

Lisanti has come to recognize what many of us have: grief is the shadow epidemic afflicting us.

With all of the physical work that must be done to survive this protracted period of quarantine, many of us are unable to sit down with our more complicated emotions, sift through them, or put them down on paper.

In this class, we will try to release and ritualize our grief in writing. Working off selected readings about loss and mourning (“On Witness and Respair” by Jesmyn Ward, "Notes on Grief" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Obit by Victoria Chang, Blue Nights by Joan Didion, and Funeral Diva by Pamela Sneed) and prompts inspired by the readings, we will produce writing that honors our own experiences and perhaps helps to make them more livable.

Write the Beats: A Workshop of Beat Poetry Prompts

Literary Cleveland
Apr 22, 2021 - May 27, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Beat era writers have had a profound influence on modern culture and mores as well as contemporary poetics -- in particular performance poetry. Write the Beats is a workshop of Beat poetry prompts: Each of the six weeks will use a prompt based on a poem by a prominent beat era poet: Ginsberg, Snyder, Ferlinghetti, Diprima, Kaufman and Kerouac. Each prompt will explore themes of political poetry/identity, environmentalism, feminist poetry, surrealism, and spontaneous bop prosody. We will also look at works by Baraka, Waldman, and Corso for the poetry of rebellion, beat spirituality and neo romanticism.

Free Zoom Watercolor Demo by Stephen Zhang

Evergreen Artists
May 03, 2021 7 p.m. | Zoom | Community
Stephen Zhang, a world renowned watercolor artist and an assistant professor at University of North Texas, has agreed to give Evergreen Artists a demo via Zoom on May 3, 2021 (Monday), at 7:00 PM (EDT). Seating for this demo is limited. You can register simply by replying to this message to EACorpEvents@gmail.com. After registration, you will receive a confirmation. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you on May 2.

It's anticipated that many people will be interested in this demo. Therefore, the registration will be household-based, i.e. one Zoom seat per household. Also, please let them know if you find yourself not available after you have registered and a Zoom seat has saved for you.

Advanced Fiction Writing

Literary Cleveland
May 03, 2021 - May 24, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for individuals that have read widely and are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). It will offer you the opportunity to further develop fiction writing techniques introduced in beginning and intermediate classes.

In this course, we will explore, in a clear step-by-step fashion, some of the techniques you need to create a successful manuscript, including story structure, plot, character, dialogue, setting, conflict, action, suspense, and even some pointers on how to get published. We will engage in workshop critique and group discussion with the aim of producing one complete and polished short story. We will also give special attention to the importance of thorough editing and meticulous revision.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

The Brave New Work: Writing Inspired Poetry

Literary Cleveland
May 04, 2021 - May 25, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
The prescient poet and feminist Audre Lorde once wrote, “It is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are – until the poem – nameless and formless, about to be birthed, but already felt… The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.”

It is no wonder then that in these first turbulent decades of our new century, there has been an explosion in American literature of profoundly inventive women poets.

In this class, we will draw from the examples of their brave new work to create our own. The selected texts by Franny Choi (Soft Science), Natalie Diaz (When My Brother Was An Aztec), Patricia Lockwood (Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals), and Claudia Rankine (Citizen) – touch on such broad-ranging themes as technology, genocidal violence, mythology, rape culture, and police brutality. They show how writers use form, scheme, language, voice, and sound to create works of art that not only thrill, but also awaken and enlighten us.

We will use our reading and related prompts to create and refine our own poetry of this strenuous and strange 21st century.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Read Like a Writer: Short Fiction - Session 2

Literary Cleveland
May 04, 2021 - Aug 03, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
The best way to improve as a writer is to write. The second best way is to read and analyze contemporary literature. Join us for this reader series class where we will take a deep dive into the craft of one short story each month. We’ll unpack character, structure, dialogue, plot, details, theme, tone, cultural context and more using examples from a wide variety of the greatest contemporary fiction writers. We’ll also discuss what we can take away and learn for our own writing styles, projects, and processes. Copies of the stories will be provided in advance of each class. Join us the first Tuesday of each month for advanced-level craft lessons, writer-centered discussion, and great reading.

Session 2
May 4: “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” – Denis Johnson
June 1: “The Metal Bowl” – Miranda July
July 6: “Refresh, Refresh” – Benjamin Percy
Aug 3: “End of the Line” – Aimee Bender

Writing Out Loud

Literary Cleveland
May 06, 2021 - Jun 10, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought "I want to do that"? Harness your natural affinity for narrative and learn how to become a magnetic storyteller.

This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We'll learn how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.

You will move a personal story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll create stories, discuss the fundamentals of live storytelling, and provide feedback on each other’s work. Outside of class you'll be encouraged to attend storytelling shows and discover techniques you can use to enhance your own writing and performances. The class will conclude with an online performance where you will join the storytelling community in full.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

In Advance of the Broken Essay: Formal Explorations in Nonfiction With: Zach Peckham

Literary Cleveland
May 06, 2021 - May 27, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Theses? Paragraphs? Conclusions? In this generative workshop we will question, explore, and attempt nonfiction writing beyond the traceable contours of narrative, rhetoric, and argument. Favoring possibilities of the fragmentary, the multimodal, and the synesthetic, we will survey contemporary examples of hybrid and chaotic approaches to the form and attempt experiments of our own. We will adopt alternative compositional strategies for essay-making that may help to invigorate an existing project or embark on an exciting new one, while broadening the notion of what an essay is and what is an essay.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Looking Forward: Post COVID-19 World

Talespinner Children's Theatre
May 06, 2021 3-4:15 p.m. | Online | Money
Pop Quiz: Who funds the arts in the United States? If you said a complex web of federal, state, and local resources, supplemented by individual contributions and purchases, you’d be exactly right. And if you quickly realized all of those sources are under financial stress right now, you’d be even more correct. As the economy and the arts industry grapple with major financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worth understanding the impact on funding for individual artists… And what to do about it.

Reader Series: A Year of James Baldwin - Session 2

Literary Cleveland
May 08, 2021 - Aug 14, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Online via Zoom | Community
James Baldwin was a remarkable novelist, a legendary essayist, a civil rights activist, and one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. Baldwin once said, "You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you can’t, but also knowing literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it." Join this class and allow the months of reading, analyzing, and marveling at Baldwin’s insight and eloquence transform your thinking and feelings about race, America, history, love, hate, and much more.

Session 2
May 8: Another Country‍
June 12: The Fire Next Time
July 10: Going to Meet the Man
Aug 14: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Summer Workshop Schedule

The Morgan Conservatory
May 11, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021 various | The Morgan Conservatory and Zoom | Hone Your Craft
The Morgan Conservatory will be offering a hybrid of in-person and virtual workshops this Summer 2021 Season. They will have workshops in various topics such as handmade paper, letter press, book arts, and marbling. Check out all their offered workshops on their website morganconservatory.org.

The Art of the Personal Essay

Literary Cleveland
May 12, 2021 - Jun 16, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
In this intermediate, comprehensive, and immersive personal essay workshop, participants will read and discuss five highly-anthologized essays by diverse writers; complete unique generative exercises; talk about craft elements such as place, characterization, voice, and revision; and complete a first draft of an essay for week five, then a final draft for week six, when all students will present to the whole class.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Monologues & Initiations with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 12, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
When it comes to longform improvisation, how you start is important. If you put in the work up top, you won’t find yourself struggling to invent things later on. Monologues are one of the most accessible ways to begin an improv set, creating a shared world of stories and details between audience and performers.

In this workshop, students will focus on:
-Performing detailed, interesting monologue openings based on a suggestion
-Pulling information from monologues
-Constructing solid premise based initiations based on information from monologues
-Getting your idea across to your scene partner

This workshop is open to any level experience from absolute beginner to advanced. 18+ unless otherwise approved by the instructor.
Refund policy: granted if within 24 hours of purchase, unless purchased less than 2 days before the workshop date.

Working Class Science Fiction

Literary Cleveland
May 14, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
From Le Guin's "The Dispossessed" to Newitz's "Autonomous," science fiction has often grappled with the future of work and the worker's place in society. We'll look at a selection of works throughout the history of science fiction and see how the ways we imagine work have changed over time.‍

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

5 Tools To Jumpstart Your Writing Workshop With Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 15, 2021 3-5 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
It’s an amazing feeling when inspiration strikes - it seems like we can hardly type fast enough to get all that brilliance from our brains to the page. But to make it as a writer, you have to teach yourself to write when you aren’t inspired as well. In this workshop we will focus on practical ways to get your brain moving when it feels like it’s stuck in park.

This workshop is open to any level experience from absolute beginner to advanced. 18+ unless otherwise approved by the instructor.

Refund policy: granted if within 24 hours of purchase, unless purchased less than 2 days before the workshop date.

Creating Comedic Characters Workshop with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 19, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This workshop will go over basic comedic structure, ways to find inspiration for characters, and how to pitch your idea. Everyone will have a chance to pitch their character idea, get feedback from the instructor and the group, and come out of it with a solid plan to bring your character to life.

This workshop is open to any level experience from absolute beginner to advanced. 18+ unless otherwise approved by the instructor.

Refund policy: granted if within 24 hours of purchase, unless purchased less than 2 days before the workshop date.

Weekend Warrior Beginner Sewing Classes

DRU CHRISTINE FABRICS AND DESIGN
May 22, 2021 - May 23, 2021 10am | Dru Christine Fabrics and Design | Community
WEEKEND WARRIOR
Learn to sew in one weekend!
This class is aimed at beginner sewers who would like to start making clothes, cushions, bags, perform alterations, etc. and want to learn a wide range of sewing and construction techniques.
All supplies & materials included in this course. However, you may bring your own sewing machine, if desired.
Cost: $199
(Plus $20 supply fee)
Payment Plans Available
Call 1.440.941.0052 for more info.

'Going Viral' Opening Art Reception

JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery
May 22, 2021 - May 22, 2021 6:00PM | 26719 Brookpark Ext. North Olmsted, OH 44070 | Community
"Going Viral" is a unique collection of recent paintings by artists JoAnn DePolo, Dawn Hopkins, Deb Mayer and the JDSG artists resulting in 25 artists creating over 100 paintings in wide ranging subjects and styles. Exhibit runs through June 19, 2021 by appointment.

Improv Workshop: Patterns & POV with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 23, 2021 1-3 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Comedy is driven by patterns, point of view, and patterns. Having a strong POV for your character frees you from the stress of ‘inventing’ funny things and deciding how to respond; instead you can just focus on your character’s worldview, and apply it to each new situation. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills through exercises, scenework, and feedback from the instructor.

This workshop is for those with at least some improv experience. If you aren’t sure whether you should sign up, please reach out to us at imposterscomedy@gmail.com 18+ unless otherwise approved by the instructor.

Refund policy: granted if within 24 hours of purchase, unless purchased less than 2 days before the workshop date.

'Opening Minds Through Art' Opening Art Reception

JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery
May 29, 2021 - May 29, 2021 1:00PM - 3:00PM | 26719 Brookpark Ext North Olmsted, OH 44070 | Community
"Opening Minds Through Art" A special exhibit of original art created by residents from the Oaks of Brecksville. Opening Minds Through Art is a program that promotes residents, who have dementia, to increase socialization, through experimentation with different art media. OMA enables residents to make choices and increase their self esteem through their paintings. During this period of isolation and separation from friends and family, Residents at The Oaks of Brecksville have been completing weekly, abstract, paintings through the OMA Program. Exhibit runs through June19,2021 by appointment.

Inspired Art 2021

America SCORES Cleveland
Jun 01, 2021 - Jun 04, 2021 7:00 PM on June 4th | Virtual/Online | Community
Silent Auction: June 1st - June 4th
Featuring over 50 pieces of the amazing artwork created by local artists
Bidding opens on June 1st and closes at 10:00 pm June 4th
Login to https://InspiredArt2021.givesmart.com to register for the event and receive notifications for when it's time to preview and bid on the silent auction
Winners will be notified at 10:00 pm on June 4th (Pieces will be picked up or shipped the week of June 7th)

Live Event: June 4th at 7:00 pm
Place your final bids on the artwork while being inspired by the amazing poet-athletes and talented artists.
Learn more about the impact your donation has on SCORES programming
The live program will be held virtually on June 4th at 7 pm.

To celebrate Cleveland artisans and local businesses, they are offering a special gift box full of Cleveland-themed items for a donation of $75.00. Each box will come with the perfect party materials to enjoy during the Live event on June 4th! To receive a box all orders must be placed by May 23rd. (Boxes available for Greater Cleveland area residents only).

The Inspired Art auction and Live event will be open to everyone for free. Follow the link provided to you after registering, preview the unique artwork, and place your bids beginning on June 1st.