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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


October 2020


Sketch Writing 1

Imposters Theater
Sep 03, 2020 - Oct 22, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this 8-week course you will learn:
-Proper script formatting
-Ways to generate ideas
-Tips on the writing process
-How to confidently pitch
-Writing/revising sketches
-Practical experience in a (virtual) writers room setting

At the end of the 8-week course you will have 4-5 finished sketches. This class is for both experienced comedians and people just starting out - as long as you have a desire to write your own material, you are welcome. You will be required to write outside of class.

Acting for the Camera

Weathervane Playhouse
Sep 13, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Associate Artistic Director, Fred Gloor, this virtual course will meet once a week via ZOOM to study how to approach acting for the camera vs. the stage. Throughout the 6 weeks, students will discuss different techniques, etiquette, and preparation needed for acting for the camera through scene work and different exercises. Students will be able to work together and individually to enhance their new skills on camera. Lights, camera, action!

Costume Character Study: from the script to the stage

Weathervane Playhouse
Sep 14, 2020 - Oct 19, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Resident Costume Designer, Jasen Smith, this class is a study of character design for the stage. We will look at a character's journey through a show. Using the script as a starting point we will research historical periods and societal standards and norms to greater understand the character so we can create a character based design.

On Process and Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Sep 20, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020 2-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
On Process and Poetry will situate process at the center of creation. In this writing workshop writers will have the opportunity to generate new poems, take part in discussions around craft, technique, starting new work, bringing old work back to life and to completion, and receiving feedback on their work. Writers will also have an opportunity to read their work each class and have the opportunity to read from a diverse packet of poems each week.

Pitch Perfect: The Art of Effective Pitching

Literary Cleveland
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 05, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
When it comes to turning your ideas into reality, a successful pitch often makes the difference for getting that coveted green light. Few people can relate to this more than freelance writers, who rely almost exclusively on pitches for selling their work. This two-part class will focus on perfecting pitch letters for print and online publications—and the elusive art of making your pitch stand out in an editor's ever-widening sea of emails. The first class will focus on crafting effective pitches and examining real-life pitch letters to see why they did—or didn’t—work. We’ll also cover techniques for idea generation and how to determine whether an idea is salable before pitching. At the second class, you’ll have the opportunity to share your pitches and get feedback from a live panel of local editors (and maybe sell a story on the spot!).

The Magic Is in the Rewrites: Strategies for Drafting and Revising A Novel

Literary Cleveland
Sep 23, 2020 - Oct 07, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
These workshops cover getting started, the five basic elements of the story, completing the first draft, and the importance of revisions. In the end, attendees will better understand how the writing process works to create something "novel."

Studio Tour w/Angelica Pozo and Corrie Slawson

Studio to the Street
Oct 02, 2020 11 a.m. | Zoom | Community
Angelica Pozo and Corrie Slawson walk us through their studios and public art experience

Great Lakes African American Writers Conference 2020

Great Lakes African American Writers Conference
Oct 03, 2020 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Online: | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join in for this annual day-long Conference at the beautiful East Cleveland Library where literary creatives from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and throughout the Great Lakes gather to learn from and network with influential publishing industry professionals from hubs including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

What can you expect at The Great Lakes African American Writers Conference?
-Groundbreaking authors and publishing industry professionals
-Meaningful dialogue in an intimate setting
-Entertainment from riveting storytellers
-Networking with like-minded individuals

2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference

The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs
Oct 03, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Online | Community
The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is delighted to announce the reimagined 2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone conference, which will be held online on October 3, 4, 10, and 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

They are partnering with Creative Generation to offer the conference, which will include live, synchronous keynote presentations, recorded breakout sessions, performances by artists with disabilities, and live panel discussions.

The ABLE Assembly is an exceptional professional-development opportunity in the field of arts education and special needs, bringing together educators, artists, researchers, policymakers, school administrators, program administrators, and students to share best practices, explore new research, and learn from each other.

Keynote presenters include:
Pete Sparkes, artistic director of Drake Music Scotland
Stephen Shore, Ed.D., musician and Internationally renowned expert in autism
Ellice Patterson, Founder/Executive & Artistic Director of Abilities Dance & Executive Director of BalletRox
Jeff Poulin, founder and managing director, Creative Generation

This conference is open to the public.

The Zentangle® Method: ...One Stroke at a Time®

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 03, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020 4-6:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
The Zentangle Method is a fun way to relax and create beautiful art. Using eight easy steps we complete a small masterpiece called a tile, using a pencil and pen. In these sessions, tangle along with a certified teacher to learn the method. You will be amazed! Sharing your work is optional. The instructor can provide personal Zentangle kits. The price for each kit is $10, and includes all of the items needed for the class and to tangle on one's own between and after the class.
Dates: Saturdays, October 3 - 24, 2020
Time: 4:00 - 6:30pm
Fees: $15 for individual sessions or $60 for 4 sessions
Instructor: Lee Kay

Reader Series: Contagious Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Oct 04, 2020 - Nov 01, 2020 2-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Over the past few months, our lives seem to have plunged into a dystopian future imagined only in fiction. In this class, we will indulge our fears with a deep dive into three of the most popular fiction novels about epidemics: The Plague by Albert Camus, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel, and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.

SalonEra Episode 4: Strike the viol

Les Délices
Oct 05, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Arnie Tanimoto gives us a guided tour of solo music for viol from the “Twilight Viol,” Mélisande Corriveau introduces the pardessus de viole, and soprano Sherezade Panthaki beguiles with songs by Henry Purcell.

SalonEra is Les Délices' 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!

Les Délices 2020-21 Concert Series: Bewitched

Les Délices
Oct 07, 2020 - Nov 02, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Rising-star soprano Hannah DePriest gives voice to the sorceress Circe in a bone-chilling cantata by Colin de Blamont and wreaks vengeance as the witch Medea in works by Clérambault and Charpentier.
Watch the premiere and join in afterward for a live Q&A with the artists!
Not your ideal viewing time?

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Oct 07, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Zoom | 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.‍

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Zoom link and instructions will be send after you register for the class.

How to Create a Graphic Novel

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 07, 2020 - Nov 04, 2020 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Whether you like to write, to illustrate, both or neither (but you’re interested in learning to develop, writing and illustration skills), you can produce a mini graphic novel. This class takes a step-by-step approach to creating a graphic novel taking place in each student’s hometown, developing a clear narrative, drawing engaging characters, producing a story-board and formatting the final work.
Dates: Wednesdays, October 7 - November 4, 2020
Time: 4:30 - 5:45pm
Fees: $50 for 5 sessions
Instructor: Sally Levine

Studio Tour w/Lauren Pearce and Antwoine Washington

Studio to the Street
Oct 09, 2020 11 a.m. | Zoom | Community
Antwoine Washington and Lauren Pearce walk us through their studios and public art experience

Reader Series: Claudia Rankine

Literary Cleveland
Oct 10, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Zoom | Community
"I love language because when it succeeds, for me, it doesn't just tell me something. It enacts something. It creates something. And it goes both ways. Sometimes it's violent. Sometimes it hurts you. And sometimes it saves you." —Claudia Rankine

In 2016, Claudia Rankine was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Grant for "crafting critical texts for understanding American culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century in inventive, ever-evolving forms of poetic expression." Her books blend verse, prose, and images to investigate issues such as racism and terrorism in art, culture, and the everyday. Join us in reading and discussing three essential books by this genius writer and thinker.

October 10 - Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004)
November 14 - Citizen (2014)
December 12 - Just Us (2020)

Fall For DANCECleveland

Oct 10, 2020 - Nov 18, 2020 10 am- 11:30 pm | Online/Virtual | Community
Fall into DANCECleveland! DANCECleveland's Virtual Fall Series invites you to experience four different remarkable dance companies, watch performances, and pre-show discussions with the artists, and more, all from the best seat in the house- YOUR HOUSE!

Choose from our Gold all-access pass for $35 which includes extended viewing days and the ability to join in our LIVE Watch Party Zoom Conversation with BODYTRAFFIC, or select our Bronze- Access Pass and see all 4 shows for as low as $20 with 24 hour access per performance!

Each week we will highlight a different dance company and viewing will be available for 24- 96 hours depending on the pass you purchase. Read more below for our full schedule and calendar of events:
October 10th- Ballet Hispánico, "Carmen"
October 17th- Contra-Tiempo "Agua Furiosa"
November 7th- BODYTRAFFIC "Snap" & "A Trick Of The Light"
November 14th- David Dorfman Dance- "Around Town"

Visit to purchase your streaming pass.

Making Meaningful Poems Inspired by Living Poets

Literary Cleveland
Oct 12, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020 6-7:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Make meaningful poems in this essential class that meets twice weekly. Together we will close-read poems by contemporary writers such as Danez Smith, Natalie Diaz, and the local poet Quartez Harris, for example. Then we will spend time creating our own new poems and receiving feedback on our work. With time and attention we can transform a good poem into something great.‍

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

Mixed Media Fun

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 18, 2020 4:30-6 p.m. | Zoom | Community
Create fun and funky postcards or greeting cards using materials easily found at home! Upcycle empty cracker boxes or cereal boxes along with art supplies already you have to make cheerful postcards you can send to your friends, family, and neighbors.
Fees: $10
Instructor: Karen Koch

SalonEra Episode 5: Latin Baroque

Les Délices
Oct 19, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Specialists Nell Snaidas (Soprano) and Laury Guttierez (viola da gamba) share their performances of Latin Baroque and Afro-Baroque music, while violinist Karin Cuellar Rendon explores 19th century Peruvian and Bolivian salon music.

SalonEra is Les Délices' 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!

Trauma-informed Arts Leadership

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium
Oct 21, 2020 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
What do we need to know to guide the people in our organization and those we train and teach to cope with upheaval, trauma?

With panelists: Honey Bell-Bey, Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate and Founder of Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, Cassey Fye, LISW, CARE Coordinator at Cleveland Play House, Katie Kurtz, MSSA LISW-S, Resilience Educator & Consultant for MetroHealth’s Center for Health Resilience, hosted by CWRU’s Chyrel Oates.

Discovering What You Want to Say

Literary Cleveland
Oct 21, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
There is a process for selecting an idea or theme and then developing that idea into a piece of writing, no matter if the finished product is a three-line poem or a 500-page novel. This class will help you choose what you want to say and then learn the techniques to expand that theme into a finished piece of writing. Note: This class is specifically for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces or military.

This class is presented in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. For more information, please contact a Whole Health Team Member at (216) 791-3800 ext. 62257 or 62394.

Instructor: Vince Robinson is a multi-genre artist, having given time to evolving in music, the visual imagery of photography and the magic of words in poem and song. In addition to poetry, Vince has written for several publications beginning with The Spectrum at KSU to Eschelon Magazine and Crusader Arts and Entertainment. He is currently a writer for the East Side Daily News in Cleveland, Ohio and is a contributor to CAN Journal.

The Nuts & Bolts of Drafting a Novel

Literary Cleveland
Oct 22, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Writing a first novel is an act of both endurance and faith. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what it takes to actually sit down and write a novel, from inspiration to time management, organization, persistence, and keeping hope alive. Perfect for writers planning to complete NaNoWriMo, those already working on novels, or anyone who just hopes to reach “The End” of the manuscript one day soon.

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

Free Webinar: Introduction to Voiceover

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 22, 2020 7:30 8:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to get started in voiceover. We’ll cover essential topics like creating a demo, setting up an inexpensive home recording studio, finding and submitting auditions, connecting with talent agents, negotiating rates, and marketing your services.
Instructor: Amanda Terman
Amanda Terman is a voice actor specializing in commercials, e-learning, animation, and more! From her home studio in Cleveland, Ohio, she produces audio for clients ranging from multinational Fortune 500 companies to local indie filmmakers. Education: B.A. Music/Voice, OSU; M.A. Social Psychology, UCSB.

Shoes as Art

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 25, 2020 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Zoom | Community
Create a shoe that expresses who you are. In this workshop, you will create a work of 3-dimensional work of art in the form of a shoe. Gather materials you can collage that show your interests. These items can be photos of friends or family, magazine images or drawings; they can include ribbon or fabric or hardware or glitter; things that you can find around your house and that work together to tell a story. Have a pair of scissors and some newsprint or paper you can stuff in a shoe. The only purchase you may need to make is for 2 rolls of 2” clear wrapping tape. Finally, you will need to select your favorite shoe – which I promise will not be harmed in the making of the project!

"Vote" Mural Dedication - "Sankofa Fine Arts Plus dedicates “VOTE” mural in Cleveland’s Glenville community"

Sankofa Fine Arts Plus
Oct 25, 2020 2-4 p.m. | 9107 St. Clair Ave North-East corner of East 91st and St. Clair | Community
The newest community collaborated contribution to the Cleveland mural scene depicts a young child’s cry for awareness and action. The dedication of this mural will take place Sunday, October 25th, 2020 (2-4pm.) at the corner of 91st and St. Clair Ave. The public, along with community and political leaders, have been invited.

This mural is the latest in a series of Community Engagement Murals that Sankofa Fine Arts Plus has been producing since 2015. These murals are all over town and are designed and created with the collaboration of the community where they are installed. According to artist Robin Robinson, “We never enter a mural project with a predetermined concept or theme. Everything comes from the community discussions and their commitment to providing their own voices to the walls they live with.”

Sankofa artists, Gary Williams and Robin Robinson are both award winning artists and community activists. They are the team that also created the “Our Lives Matter” mural on E.105th St. in Glenville.

For more information call Robin Robinson (216)326-0640

Free Webinar: How I Got to Perform with an Oscar Winner

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 29, 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.
Instructor: Peter Lawson Jones
Peter Lawson Jones , a member of both Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA, has appeared in over twenty films (White Boy Rick, Alex Cross), on network television (ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7) and on stages throughout Northeast Ohio. He has authored two plays, The Bloodless Jungle and The Family Line. Peter received the 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival Best Ohio Supporting Actor Award.

Frankenstein's Wake

Cleveland Public Theatre
Oct 30, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Online Event only | Community
This twisted adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece revives a tour-de-force performance, first performed off-Broadway in 1997 by Cleveland’s own Theatre Labyrinth. Frankenstein’s Wake met critical acclaim and was described as “an exhilarating bravura performance,” by Time Out New York. With this virtual restaging of the work, the creators seek to reflect a deeper knowledge and evolved perspective on the themes of longing, the search for one’s origin, conflict with the maker, and what it means to be human.

Day of the Dead Zoom Relief Printing Workshop

Zygote Press
Oct 31, 2020 2pm | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Zygote Press is happy to be offering a Pay-What-You-Can Zoom Session to celebrate the Day of the Dead featuring Benjamin Muñoz, a Texas based painter and printmaker.

His work is often reflective of his cultural heritage, and for this Zoom Session Muñoz will demonstrate how to make a Papel Picado, a traditional Mexican folk art banner.

You will watch live as he cuts designs and prints them on colored fabric, which are then strung together to make a banner.

Supplies not included, but participants will receive a detailed supply list if you’d like to make the project as you watch.