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December 2020


Let's Get Physical - Drawing Workshops w/ Robin VanLear

Robin VanLear
Mar 10, 2020 - Dec 08, 2020 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Art Acts Studio, Coventry Peace Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Workshop series lead by Robin VanLear, Art Acts Ltd., Founder of Parade the Circle and the "I Madonnari" Chalk Festival.

Appropriate for all levels of experience. These twice monthly workshops, are held in the beautiful new Art Acts Studio in the Coventry Peace Campus. Designed to be interactive, these workshops will cover approaches to drawing and drawing techniques from multiple view points. Focuses will include explorations with materials, ways of seeing, feeling comfortable with your style, realism, representationalism and abstraction. Individual workshops will include utilizing a wide variety of props to drawing from a live model.

When: Tuesday evenings, twice monthly, 6:30 to 9pm * (One workshop only in July, August, December) in 2020
Dates: March 10 and 24; April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19; June 16 and 30; July 21; August 25; September 8 and 22; October 6 and 20; November 10 and 24; and December 8.

Pricing: $15 per class, $2 model surcharge on classes with live model. Model dates posted one week in advance. After the first class students may apply their first $15 payment to a multiple class card.
5 classes for $65. 10 classes for $100

For more information contact Robin VanLear at

Beck Center Fall 2020 In-Person and Online Classes

Beck Center for the Arts
Sep 09, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020 Various times | Online and at Beck Center for the Arts | Community, Hone Your Craft
Beck Center for the Arts, in an effort to continually adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, has created robust in-person and online arts educational offerings for fall of 2020. Beck Center continues to respond to the needs of the community through arts experiences, as an entertaining and healing force for all ages, and abilities.

Since mid-March 2020 students have experienced Beck Center’s arts education classes and lessons online, using Google Classroom and Zoom to continue pursuing their arts interests, or to engage in a new interest. Now, the time has come to reopen the campus to the public on August 31, with in-person classes, and online classes, beginning on September 9.

Accommodations have been created to keep students, families, faculty, and staff safe while creating arts experiences on campus. Face coverings will be required for all individuals ages 6 and older. Social distancing marks will be present in all learning spaces, and clearly marked throughout the three buildings. Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances, and in each classroom and studio space. A 15-minute break will be instituted between classes to ensure that spaces may be cleaned. The complete protocols will be shared via These protocols are in alignment with Destination Cleveland’s “CLEan Committed” Program, Actor’s Equity Association, guided by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, local medical facilities, and school systems.

Love Is: An Exploration of Toni Morrison's Literature (Session 3)

Literary Cleveland
Sep 19, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Online | Community
Join us for part three 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.

‍Session 3
September 19: Paradise
October 17: Love
November 21: A Mercy
December 19: Home & God Help the Child

School of Dancing Wheels Fall Classes

Dancing Wheels Company
Sep 21, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 Various times | In-studio and online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Fall Session 2020: September 21 - December 12
Dancing Wheels Fall Session 2020 schedule & registration are now available! For the first time ever, classes are now in-studio and online.

Classes include: ballet, hip hop, creative movement, jazz funk, contemporary, tap, voice/acting, yoga, wheelchair technique, and performance ensemble

See the schedule, class descriptions, tuition, COVID-19 health and safety policies, and register today at

For questions, email or call 216.432.0306 ext. 204 to speak with the School Administrator.

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)

Sketch Comedy Writing Level One with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
Nov 02, 2020 - Dec 21, 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.

Creating Social Media Comedy Videos

Imposters Theater
Nov 10, 2020 - Dec 15, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
With social media, you have the power to produce your own videos to develop your comedic voice, showcase your acting to casting directors and reps, or become an independent creator. Whether you’re creating for YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok, it’s easier than ever to take on the roles of producer, writer, and editor - all in one! But knowing where to start can sometimes be overwhelming.

Over this 6 week course, you will go through practical steps to write, shoot, and edit a comedy video that showcases your talents, gives your confidence a boost, and jumpstarts your online comedy portfolio.

Finding Your Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Nov 17, 2020 - Dec 08, 2020 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This hands-on workshop is designed for writers who are interested in sharing key elements of their life stories. In this four-session course we will discuss the structure of book-length memoir and key features of this genre including: finding your theme or through-line; dealing with internal and external conflict; telling the truth/writing about family; and structuring a memoir. We will do several short writing exercises in class focusing on the following–identifying potential turning points in your story; finding an opening hook or inciting incident; conveying emotional stakes; and playing with structure. We will also review short excerpts/examples from several published memoirs. Come prepared to write, and bring a brief one-two paragraph description of your project to share with the class. You’ll leave the course with a clearer sense of your through-line and theme; new tools to assist you in creating your book’s structure, and practical techniques to continue working on your project.

"Intellectual Property: Basics & Real Life Application” (VLA Bootcamp 2020: Part II)

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - Cleveland
Dec 03, 2020 4-5 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
Part I of the 2020 VLA Bootcamp featured “Contracts for Creative Employees.” In Part II on Dec. 3, our panel of VLA attorneys will lay down the foundation of IP basics: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Which form of IP is intended to protect creative works and where to start to identify what you or your client needs? What are some of the pitfalls to avoid in using copyrighted artwork and music from the internet? After covering the basics of protection (both for your own work and to avoid violating others’ rights), our panel will discuss common IP issues and fact patterns that have arisen in real-life VLA applications over the years, and how they have handled them as volunteer attorneys.

• Thomas M. Horwitz, Thomas M. Horwitz Co. LPA & VLA Vice Chair
• George Geddes, Attorney at Law
• Edward Caja, Walter | Haverfield LLP
• Moderator: Katie Steiner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP & VLA Chair

Les Délices 2020-21 Concert Series: Noel, Noel

Les Délices
Dec 10, 2020 - Dec 23, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Timely and intimate, Les Délices creates a holiday special that blends heartfelt Carols, poetry, and excerpts from Charpentier’s Midnight Mass that’s sure to be among the most alluring Christmas music concerts of the season.
Watch the premiere and join in afterward for a live Q&A with the artists!
Not your ideal viewing time?

After the First Draft: Feedback and Revision

Literary Cleveland
Dec 10, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
You’ve drafted your novel or other writing project and are ready to show it to trusted readers. Exciting, right? Well, yes and no. Gaining critiques and processing them in a helpful way can be challenging. We’ll discuss how to absorb critical feedback, what to look for in critiques, how to handle conflicting advice, how to stay true to your vision, and how to remain positive so you can revise and improve your project. Perfect for writers who’ve drafted a NaNoWriMo novel or anyone who could use some guidance as they undergo the critique process and aim to revise.

Details: After the First Draft: Feedback and Revision with Laura Maylene Walter is a one-session course which takes place Thursday December 10 from 7-8:30pm remotely through Zoom. Register and we will send along information about how to connect via Zoom.

SalonEra Episode 9: Medieval Christmas

Les Délices
Dec 14, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Members of Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, director) and Trobàr (featuring Elena Mullins and Allison Monroe) bring us “a captivating mix of mysticism and merriment” in this episode illuminating Medieval music for Advent and Christmas.

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!

The Keys to Successful Self-Publishing

Literary Cleveland
Dec 15, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Self-publishing is a great way to sidestep traditional literary gatekeepers and take ownership over the production of your own writing. But that doesn't mean it is easy. Every step of self-publishing a book is its own challenge, from copyediting to layout and design, from printing to marketing and selling. In this business of writing craft talk, bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver will provide key tips for producing your book, maximizing exposure, and building a fan base. This class is aimed towards fiction writers, but nonfiction writers and poets will find benefits to attending as well.