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September 2018


PopUp at the ArtCraft

Artists of the ArtCraft
Aug 03, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018 5 p.m. | 2530 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 | Community
This summer 16 artists of the ArtCraft Building and the Heller Building are planning “POPUP AT THE ARTCRAFT”, 2530 Superior Ave., Gallery 403. The festivities will take place on three Fridays from 5 - 9PM: August 3, August 24, and September 28. This exhibit will coincide with the FRONT Triennial taking place from July through September throughout Cleveland. Exciting artwork featuring works in many mediums from paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking will be exhibited. Food trucks and music will add to the visual excitement and unique experience of the Superior Arts District.

Featured Artists: Paulette Archer, Ruth Bercaw, Kim Bissett, John W. Carlson, Bonnie Dolin, James Douglas, Marilyn Farinacci, Wally Kaplan, Baila Litton, Gloria Plevin, Claire Raack, Katina Pastis Radwanski, Jesse Rhinehart, Rita Schuenemann, Andrzej Siwkiewicz, Ala Siwkiewicz

Avenue of the Arts

Campus District
Aug 03, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018 5 - 9 p.m. | Superior Arts District | Hone Your Craft, Space
On August 3rd, August 24th, and September 28th from 5pm-9pm explore all the Superior Arts District has to offer! Historically the Garment District of Cleveland, this stretch of Superior boasts beautiful industrial buildings of the early 20th Century. Today, these buildings are home to over 150 artists that live and work in the District. Avenue of the Arts will give you an after-hours, sneak peek into these spaces and the amazing work being produced there...not to mention music, food trucks, raffles, and interactive artwork!

Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome. Parking is available behind the ArtCraft building and at Lake Affect Studios.

The events will feature:

• PopUp at the ArtCraft: Visit a specially curated show of 16 artists from the Heller and ArtCraft buildings in Gallery 403. Music, Interactive Art and Raffles with prizes from local restaurants/gift cards, Guitar Riot accessories, prints of original work of ArtCraft artists and more! Enjoy delicious food from our on-site fun food truck.

• Garden Groove at Lake Affect Studios: Immerse yourself in a variety of artistic mediums while exploring Lake Affect Studios. Outside, the courtyard area will feature food, music, and spirits while indoors you can discover a maze of open studios and local artisans throughout the first floor!

• Exploring the Artists at Tower Press, Leaving "Home" Wooltex Gallery at Tower Press: Check-out "A Closer Look: Exploring the Artists at Tower Press". This installation is a collaboration of over 16 artists.

• Visit Hotcards The primary goal of every business, band and brand is to BECOME KNOWN™. It’s simple; until you’re known – you don’t have sales, fans, or followers. Hotcards is all about helping you get your message out. We put Ink on Anything™

• Stop by RED SPACE, housed inside the world headquarters of Hotcards, Red Space is a raw event space. Standing at the crossroads of Cleveland's epic downtown renaissance - and a growing craze to host events in an eclectic urban setting, RED Space at Hotcards is quickly becoming the most sought after raw event space and art gallery in the region.

• Cleveland Print Room will also have their doors open for visitors to explore their current exhibitions!

Negotiating the Art World Photography Workshops with Jerry Birchfield

The Sculpture Center
Aug 13, 2018 - Sep 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Jerry Birchfield's Studio, 1667 E. 40th St., 1D2, Cleveland, OH | Hone Your Craft
Mondays Aug 13 & 20 and Tuesday, Aug 28 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; Q&A Tuesday, Sept. 18, time TBD

Learn from professional photographer, Jerry Birchfield, about taking great, portfolio-worthy photos of your art. Come to 1 or to all 3 sessions to learn techniques about lighting, equipment, set-up, and editing the photos. All workshops are led by photographer Jerry Birchfield in his studio at 1667 E. 40 St., 1D2, Cleveland, Ohio, 44103. All materials for demonstrations provided. Please bring whatever camera you use including your cell phone.

The first session will take place on Monday, August 13 and will give artists tips on photographing 2D Art Work (anything flat)
The second session will take place on Monday, August 20 and will give artists tips on photographing 3D Art Work (everything else)
The third session will take place on Tuesday, August 28 and will give artist tips on editing Photographs using free or inexpensive software and apps
There will be a follow up online Q & A on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at a time yet to be decided, so keep an eye on social media for that.

Down by Contact

Playwrights Local/Dobama Theatre
Aug 17, 2018 - Sep 02, 2018 | Tudor House, Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Rd, Gates Mills, OH | Community
Down By Contact, a new drama by Les Hunter and directed by Dale Heinen will be co-produced by Dobama Theatre and Playwrights Local at the site-specific venue of the Tudor House at Gilmour Academy.

In Down by Contact, a down-and-out retired quarterback must decide between his allegiance to his former teammates and his love for his family. Struggling with the debilitating brain disease CTE, he tries to save the last vestige of his glory days: his lavish home. The lives of retired players and their families inspire the events of this new site-specific play, produced in Gilmour Academy’s stately Tudor House.

Down By Contact is directed by Dale Heinen and features John Busser, Corin B. Self, Liam Stilson, and Margi Zitelli. Performances run August 17 through September 2, with shows on Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. All events will be at the special location of the Tudor House at Gilmour Academy (34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040).

Watch It Wednesdays

78th Street Studios
Sep 05, 2018 5 - 8 p.m. | 78th Street Studios, 1305 W. 80th Street Cleveland, Ohio | Community, Hone Your Craft
Watch it Wednesdays is an opportunity to observe your fellow artists’ processes. On the first Wednesday of every month from 5 – 8 pm, immerse yourself in the experimental and innovative world of the artists in 78th Street Studios. During each WATCH IT WEDNESDAY, approximately fifteen professional creators from the Cleveland area are set up throughout the first floor of 78th Street Studios and simultaneously work on their latest visual art pieces.

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Sep 05, 2018 - Sep 26, 2018 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lit Cleveland, 7405 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion. We’ll investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output as well as work with prompts that will help inspire specific writing projects, and most importantly generate new work. Participants will leave with a tool kit to keep the writing flowing. Limited to 10 participants.

Inspired by the Parks: A Reading of Prose & Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Sep 06, 2018 7 p.m. | Hines Hill Conference Center, 1403 West Hines Hill Rd, Peninsula OH 44264 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Three National Parks Artists-in-Residence will be on hand to share their experiences and to present work illuminating the spirit of the national parklands and historical monuments. Area writers will join in, reading from their own work focusing on nature and local lore. The audience is encouraged to engage in conversation with the artists following the presentation and invited to ask questions about the Ohio arts community, opportunities for artists in the national parks, and the artists’ work and experiences.

Suspense on the Page

Literary Cleveland
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018 10 a.m. - noon | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
Have you always wanted to write a mystery? Join Cleveland-based authors Shelley Costa and Casey Daniels as they explore the genre, discuss about how to create a villain worthy of your fabulous protagonist, and hone your skills at writing suspense and dropping clues. This two-week class allows for plenty of hands-on writing time.

Making Your Life as an Artist Workshops

Maelstrom Collaborative
Sep 10, 2018 - Dec 10, 2018 6 - 9 p.m. | Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, 5403 Detroit | Hone Your Craft
If you are a Cleveland artist or maker within any form or discipline, we invite you to spend 4 weeks with Arts Hatchery! and Maelstrom Collaborative Arts (formerly Theater Ninjas), forming a microcosmic artist community that addresses the major questions laid out in Artists U’s nationally acclaimed "Making Your Life as an Artist" book and workbook. Each session is FREE and will include group, partner or individual check-ins, writing and thought exercises, discussion, and direction for out-of-session extension activities centered around ideas like:
-Why artists are poor and why we shouldn’t be.
-The crucial role artists play in culture, and why it’s often under-valued.
-Tools and principles artists have used to thrive.
-Why artists already have the skills needed to make balanced, sustainable lives.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Sep 12, 2018 4 p.m. | TBD | Community, Money
All are invited to join Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at its Board meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 4 pm at a location TBD.
Want to learn more about their Board of Trustees? Visit their website to read about their Trustees, view a list of upcoming meetings, and minutes and materials from previous meetings.
CAC's Board meetings are always open to the public, and all members of the community - including their cultural partners - are welcome to attend and make public comments (see CAC's public comment policy for more information).

How to Be Heard...and Make People Listen

Literary Cleveland
Sep 12, 2018 - Sep 26, 2018 7-9 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
There are techniques to help you increase the impact when you read or perform your poetry and other writing. In this class, we will meet to discuss those techniques and look at examples from poets and other readers and performers. Following two class sessions, participants are invited to an informal performance in which they will prepare and deliver a poem or story of their own using those techniques, and receive feedback in a supportive setting. This is a hands-on approach to finding each individual’s best and most effective voice.

Free Discover Improv Workshop

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre
Sep 13, 2018 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St. Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 | Hone Your Craft
Experienced improvisers from improv troupe River Side Valley Players will guide you through basic games and exercises designed to introduce you to what improv is all about: listening, communication, creativity and fun! Stay afterward to enjoy refreshments and a brief performance by RSVP. Please reserve a slot at least one day in advance by sending an email to

Wood-Fired Ceramics of Northeast Ohio

Valley Art Center
Sep 14, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Valley Art Center | Community
Please join Valley Art Center for this invitational exhibit of wood-fired ceramics by eighteen Northeast Ohio artists, curated by Judith Salomon. In the wood-firing process, ash melts at high temperature to form a unique glaze surface. The character of wood-fired ceramics cannot be obtained through other methods of firing. Participating artist William Brouillard states, “from the wet clay to the finished object, every part of the making and firing process makes a visual impact on the completed work. Like the stones in a river bed, the pots are washed by the fire and each work is unique.”

Exhibition Dates, Sept. 4 – Oct. 10. 2018
Opening Reception, Friday, September 14, 6-8 pm
VIP Curator’s Talk, Friday, Sept. 28, 6-8 pm

Wood-Fired Ceramics of Northeastern Ohio

Valley Art Center
Sep 14, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Valley Art Center | Community
Please join Valley Art Center for this invitational exhibit of wood-fired ceramics by eighteen Northeast Ohio artists, curated by Judith Salomon. In the wood-firing process, ash melts at high temperature to form a unique glaze surface. The character of wood-fired ceramics cannot be obtained through other methods of firing. Participating artist William Brouillard states, “from the wet clay to the finished object, every part of the making and firing process makes a visual impact on the completed work. Like the stones in a river bed, the pots are washed by the fire and each work is unique.”

Exhibition Dates, Sept. 4 – Oct. 10. 2018
Opening Reception, Friday, September 14, 6-8 pm
VIP Curator’s Talk, Friday, Sept. 28, 6-8 pm

Jazz Master Class with Tessa Cannon

Cleveland Dance Project
Sep 14, 2018 6-7:30 p.m. | Dance Dance Dance, 6085 State Rd. Parma, OH 44134 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Ages 16+ join Cleveland Dance Project for a jazz master class with Tessa Cannon on Friday September 14 from 6-7:30pm at Dance Dance Dance in Parma. Class is only $10 with pre-registration or $12 at the door. To pre-register, visit

The Woman in Black

Cleveland Play House
Sep 15, 2018 - Oct 07, 2018 2:30, 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30 PM | 1407 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Halloween comes early this year with a bone-chilling ghost story that will shake you to your core. Arthur Kipps never believed in the supernatural until he came face to face with evil. Tonight—desperate to exorcise his demons—he will tell his haunting tale…no matter the consequences. For over 28 years, The Woman in Black has thrilled audiences on London’s West End. Now, CPH launches the North American tour of this spine-tingling production.

Writing Wrongs: Social Change in Narrative Nonfiction

Literary Cleveland
Sep 19, 2018 7-9 p.m. | Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
Between the Lines is a reading series where award-winning local authors discuss the craft of writing. In September, journalists Christopher Johnston and Nikki Delamotte will discuss how they use research and reporting to take on social issues such as mental health and sexual assault. Learn tips for navigating difficult topics, talking to experts and survivors, and crafting compelling narratives that can create real-world change.

AAF Akron Professional Development Series: Ashleigh Axios

AIGA Cleveland
Sep 20, 2018 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Tangier, 532 W Market St Akron, OH 44303 | Community
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how innovative design and digital strategy happened in-house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during the Obama administration. Hear her team’s tactics for tackling limited resources, overcoming impossibly quick timelines, experimenting while in the public spotlight, and not just taking criticism, but intentionally seeking it out. Ashleigh will show-and-tell how her small design team transformed daunting challenges into successful digital campaigns in a talk packed with tips and nostalgia.

Teaching Artist Professional Development: Module One

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 20, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | True North Cultural Arts, 739-1 Moore Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012 | Hone Your Craft
Program Development: Teaching Artist Preparation

This two-day module is intended for working professional artists in all disciplines who are new to working as a teaching artist and current teaching artists who would like to enhance or improve their knowledge and skills. This session is recommended for anyone interested in joining the teaching artist roster of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS INCLUDE: Arts Integration, Youth Development, Behavior Management, Curricular Connections, Outcomes & Indicators, and Strategies & Activities

FireFish Festival

FireFish Festival
Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 4 pm - 11 pm | Dowtown Lorain, Ohio | Community
The fourth annual FireFish Festival will once again transform downtown Lorain into an exciting stage for sizzling fire, arts performances and installations set to the rhythms of local and world musicians.The excitement of the FireFish Festival with its performances in unexpected places and percussion parade culminating in the burning of the ceremonial fish will be built upon this year with even more diversity in art and performances and the most spectacular fiery finale yet with an interactive component and theme of “release.” Friday night will feature headliner Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band, Northeast Ohio’s number one reggae band along with an eclectic array of multi-cultural music groups. Visitors can join the party, dancing to the music from around the world from a mainstage on Broadway, enjoy the dramatic art installations that will transform Lorain’s store fronts and abandoned buildings and take in the make shift art galleries along Broadway. They can return on Saturday for non-stop international music, dance, theatre, art and fire performers galore, both on stages and in the hidden alleys, empty storefronts, balconies and fire escapes on Broadway Avenue including the acrobatic dance group, Jasmine Dragons, Sammy De Leon and his fusion/salsa band, samba dance performance by Oberlin’s Alysia Ramos, the Exotic Fruit Club’s unique grunge dream sound, and the Great Lakes Light Opera, among many others. All will lead up to the one-of-kind spectacle of the burning of the fish, a giant sculpture designed and choreographed by interdisciplinary theater and performance artist Daniel McNamara (alumni of the storied Bread and Puppet Theater.)

Explorations in the Michael Chekhov Technique: A Kind of Sponge

Ray Caspio
Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018 9/21 - 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 9/22 - 9/23 - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Art On Madison, 14203 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
In A Kind of Sponge, you will explore Qualities of Movement (Moulding, Floating, Flying, and Radiating), The Four Brothers (Feelings of Ease, Form, Beauty, and the Sense of the Whole), and characterization with Imaginary Body. This exploration is led by Ray Caspio, who will share his understanding of what Michael Chekhov has illuminated for us. Ray has been studying and using Chekhov in performance since 2009. He is pursuing a Teacher Training Certificate of Completion from MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. Ray studied at The Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY with Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan, and Ragnar Freidank.

It's All About Race: Using Poetry to Resist Racism

Literary Cleveland
Sep 22, 2018 10:30 a.m. - noon | Cleveland Public Library Learning Commons Room B, 525 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114 | Hone Your Craft
When former president Barack Hussein Obama ran for office in 2008, one of his call and response chants at campaign rallies was “It’s not about race, it’s not about race,” even though he knew the opposite was true. This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to critically reflect upon the current social-political climate in the United States, including the effect of race and racism, and to write poems which address the complexity of this issue.

Writers and Readers: Paul Beatty

Literary Cleveland
Sep 22, 2018 2 p.m. | Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114 | Community
CPL & Lit Cleveland's Writers and Readers series continues with award-winning novelist Paul Beatty!

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day
Sep 25, 2018 All Day | USA | Community
National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

Dialects for Actors

Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre
Sep 25, 2018 6-7 p.m. | Avenue Arts, 324 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton, OH 44702 | Hone Your Craft
ATTENTION ALL ACTORS (or aspiring actors)! Have you ever desired to learn how to speak in different dialects? Well, this is the class for you. Olivia has been extensively trained in nearly 50 different dialects and wants to help YOU! Everybody, ages 16 and up, are invited to our FIRST EVER "Dialects for Actors" training class at Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre.

Unknown Film Premiere

Sundry House
Sep 29, 2018 6-10pm | Sundry House 2570 Superior Ave E Suite 203 Cleveland, OH 44114 | Community
Artist Call: Interactive Art, Live Painting, Painting, Photography, Illustration, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Mixed Media, Digital Media, Design, Dance, Drawing and Film Shorts.

Event curation surrounding the "dark" and "light" of mental health. Looking for artists to perform and inspire conversation. Unknown, an experimental dance film short, will be premiered at the end of the evening.

At this time the stipend is $20 and free refreshments.

10% of the suggested donation at the door will be given to a TBD mental health organization.

The Sherlock Project

Literary Cleveland
Sep 29, 2018 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, 397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110 | Hone Your Craft
Part crime scene. Part collaborative game. Part exploration of 21st Century storytelling techniques. “The Sherlock Project” is a creative exercise that seeks to find new ways of collaborating and innovating through the process of exploration and discovery. Inspired by the work of the Columbia University School of Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab, this creative writing session seeks to ignite your imagination through game playing, investigation, and imagination. There will be a murder. There will be a discovery. There will be a whole new story...your story! Facilitated by local playwright Eric Schmiedl.

Presented with Playwrights Local as part of the 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival. Learn more here.

4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival

Playwrights Local 4181
Sep 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM | 397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110 | Community
Playwrights Local announces the 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival, the latest staging of this free, annual celebration of dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. Presented on Saturday, September 29, the Festival features open workshops and craft talks, new plays by local authors, a special video screening, a unique “tabletop play,” and much more.

Featured writers in the 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival include John Busser, Cornell Hubert Calhoun III, JC Cifranic, Erin E. Dolan, Agnes Herrmann, Gail Nyoka, Reys Phillips, and Amy Schwabauer. In addition, Playwrights Local is pleased to welcome the following partner companies to the event: The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival; The Dramatists Guild - Ohio Region; Literary Cleveland; Powerful Long Ladder Ensemble; and the Upstairs Web-Series. Each of these groups will present or co-present sessions in the day-long gathering.

Sessions run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood (397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). All offerings are open to the public, and tickets or reservations are not required. The Festival is intended for adults and teens.

Monoprinting on Clay with Arthur Halvorsen

Gina DeSantis Ceramics
Sep 29, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018 10am-5pm | 13000 Athens Ave Ste C323 Lakewood, OH | Hone Your Craft
Visiting artist Arthur Halvorsen from Boston will be joining Gina's studio for a one-day workshop.

Jazz up your claywork with decoration! Mudflat teacher and studio artist Arthur Halvorsen will present this one-day hands-on workshop focusing on a variety of surface decoration techniques. Demonstrations will include sprigs, stamps, paper stencils, newsprint transfer, sgraffito, and paper resist. Students will have opportunities to try these techniques on clay tiles or your own forms. Find new ways to make your work stand out.

Arthur Halvorsen is a graduate of Maine College of Art where he received his BFA in ceramics. Arthur's work uses bright colors, textures and patterns on earthenware, drawing from pop art, coloring books and tattoos as source material. Arthur is a Mudflat studio artist, and he teaches classes and workshops at both Mudflat and Harvard Ceramics and and other venues nationally. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Follow Arthur on Instagram @arthurhalvorsen. Click here to visit Arthur’s site.

On Friday, September 28th join in for a free artist talk from 6:30-8pm. Please note the Saturday workshop is fee based.

Rhythm Nation Master's Session in Horton Technique

Amalgram Arts & Wellness
Sep 29, 2018 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Led by Executive Artistic Director Andrea McCormick, clients will learn the strength and beauty of this modern dance form using specific lines and shapes. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! $20 per person.
RSVP by emailing or by RSVPing on Facebook.