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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


April 2020


Finding a Process that Helps You Finish

Literary Cleveland
Feb 06, 2020 - Apr 02, 2020 1-3 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Join instructor Brandi Larsen in this course designed to unlock your creativity. Following the seminal work of Julia Cameron's The Artist’s Way, this workshop will meet for nine weeks to create a group that helps participants discover what's holding them back from finishing their creative projects.

Love Is: An Exploration of Toni Morrison's Literature (Session 1)

Literary Cleveland
Feb 15, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Community, Hone Your Craft
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.

Free Writing Programs for Kids - Lake Erie Ink

Lake Erie Ink
Apr 01, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 Various times | Online | Hone Your Craft
During this time of social distancing and staying at home, Lake Erie Ink is sustaining their identity as a writing “space” for youth by moving to online spaces!

Creative Communities Online with Lake Erie Ink will begin on April 1st with a cornucopia of spring offerings, from a National Poetry Month Challenge to DnD Campaigns.

Creative Communities Online will use Zoom Meetings to bring youth of all ages together to talk, write and create. Click on the program description below to find out more.

Keep Moving: 5 Stories in 6 Weeks - Online Class

Literary Cleveland
Apr 02, 2020 - May 07, 2020 6-8 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Generate five new stories in just six weeks with a class designed to kick your writing into gear. Each week we'll share our writing, find inspiration in published stories, and respond to in-class exercises to get going on the next piece. Throughout the class, we'll discuss craft, experiment with new forms, play with language and story, and find out what sparks our process. All genres of fiction are welcome.

NOTE: This class has now moved online and switched to Thursdays. See below for more info.

Q&A With Talent Agent Wendy Alane Wright

Houde School of Acting
Apr 02, 2020 7-8 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Wendy Alane Wright, leading Hollywood Talent Manager and President of WAW Entertainment, will be doing a Zoom Q&A in collaboration with Houde School of Acting on Thursday April 2nd at 7pm.
She is also a co-founder of TMFA Talent Managers For Actors.

Class fee is $30.

Turning Imperfect Memories Into A Perfect Memoir - Online Class

Literary Cleveland
Apr 06, 2020 - Apr 13, 2020 6-8 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this two-session online class, Christine Howey will share ideas about writing a memoir even when the writer's memories may be fragmentary or a bit foggy. Drawing on her experience in writing her full-length "memoir" play and film Exact Change, Christine will explain the tactics and goals for a good memoir.

She will also draw on the knowledge of her daughter Noelle, whose memoir Dress Codes was chosen as a "Read This!" book on TV's Good Morning America and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001. The class will involve writing exercises and a writing assignment to prepare for the second workshop.

The Art of the Profile - Online Class

Literary Cleveland
Apr 07, 2020 - May 12, 2020 6-8 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
The profile writer can select a stranger or someone he/she knows well. The subject can be ordinary with a great story or someone extraordinary such as an accomplished artist, successful CEO, groundbreaking scientist or celebrity. The profile provides details of the person’s character, an overview of the person’s life story, and highlights of the person’s challenges faced, obstacles overcome and achievements. We’ll work through the process of writing a short biography sketch (1,000 to 1,500 words) from identifying the subject through the research, primary interview, secondary interviews with people who know the person well, observation or shadowing, and then writing a compelling, insightful profile.

Q&A With L.A. Director Tom Logan

Houde School of Acting
Apr 08, 2020 7-8 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
L.A. based director Tom Logan gives a Q&A about his experience and knowledge of the industry.
Tom Logan is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA), and Actors' Equity Association (AEA),
Tom continues to write, produce, and direct many episodes of the TV shows "Karma", "The Voucher", "Scripts", and "Lisa's World". In addition, he is in pre-production for the feature films "Dooley" (2019) and "Mystical Magic Wonder" (2019) . He continues to direct many national commercials.

Class Fee - $30

Sniffing for Clues: Mystery Writing for Dogs

Literary Cleveland
Apr 08, 2020 - Apr 29, 2020 1-3 p.m. | Online - Cleveland 44113 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Where does the human go during the day? Why are they home so often now? Am I a good boy? A good mystery drives a story and can keep the reader pawing through pages. In this class we'll examine strategies for writing a whodoggonedunnit, including creating a compelling sleuth, dropping clues, building suspense, and barking at the killer until the slow human finally figures it out. This class was originally scheduled to meet at the dog park but due to unforeseen circumstances it will now be online. No cats allowed.

Employment lawyer, Peter Mapley will join the Artist Meet-up: Weekly Video Call

Arts Cleveland
Apr 08, 2020 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Zoom: | Community, Employment, Money
Employment lawyer, Peter Mapley will join this week’s Artist call to answer your questions about unemployment during COVID-19.

We know unemployment benefits have been expanded to independent contractors who have been impacted by COVID-19, but there are still a lot of questions looming. We reached out to Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), who graciously made the connection. Jessica Paine and members of VLA will also be on the call.

Please send your questions in advance if possible to or

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Virtual Artist Meet-up – Weekly Video Call

Arts Cleveland
Apr 08, 2020 - May 13, 2020 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Zoom: | Community
Connection is so important to our mental health during this time of fear and self-isolation. To combat some of that, we’re hosting virtual meet-ups at 12 p.m., noon every Wednesday during this crisis. Drop in and listen, talk, turn your video off or keep it on, it’s up to you. The only rule is to keep the convo supportive. The rest is up to the group. We will be starting each chat with a prompt, then we’ll let the conversation go wherever people take it.

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Finding Your Mews: Poetry Writing for Cats

Literary Cleveland
Apr 09, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 1-3 p.m. | Online - Cleveland 44113 | Community, Hone Your Craft
A beam of sunlight on the rug. The crack of a food can opening. Leaving a dead robin on the human's porch. Poetry and inspiration can be found everywhere if you know where to look. In this course we will unpack poetic terms, analyze modern masters of the form, and create our own work, whether it is a sonnet about midday snoozing or free verse critiquing cat tower hierarchies. Open to indoor and outdoor cats. No dogs allowed.

Expedite the Process - Navigating the CARES Act for Maximum Impact

The Presidents' Council
Apr 09, 2020 11 a.m. | Zoom: | Money
Join The Presidents' Council, CLE Consulting and KeyCorp, as LaRese Purnell of CLE Consulting, and Jamie Warder of KeyCorp discuss how to navigate and expedite the many facets of the CARES Act, also known as the federal stimulus package.

LaRese Purnell, Managing Partner of CLE Consulting will discuss applying for forgivable loans; the Paycheck Protection Program; bank loans through the HFLA; and the implications for small businesses, non-profits and individuals. He'll also discuss community organizations that can assist you through the process.

Jamie Warder, Executive VP and Head of Digital Banking at KeyCorp, will provide insight on all of the aforementioned topics, in addition to insight from the banking perspective as well as answer questions about available financial and customer resources.

Finally, 5 businesses will be selected to receive FREE assistance in applying for applicable loans/grants.

Writing Diverse Characters - Online Class

Literary Cleveland
Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | ONLINE | Hone Your Craft
Representation is important in writing, but so is respect and sensitivity. See past the stereotypes of race and ethnicity and learn to find authentic and believable characters that don’t look like you.

This class has now moved online. See below for more info.

Un-Webinar: Live Q&A about best practices for arts programming in uncertain times

University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine
Apr 14, 2020 2-3:00pm EST | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft, Build Your Business
Recent events are requiring arts programs to think critically about how to facilitate the arts safely and effectively while people are experiencing high levels of anxiety, trauma, grief, and uncertainty.

Administrators, coordinators, and artists of arts programs are wondering:
-How do we safely and effectively facilitate arts experiences during this time?
-We notice our participants are experiencing unique needs, thoughts, and behaviors. How can we support them knowledgably through the arts?
-We need more support, mentorship, or skills as an arts program during this time. Where do we start?

On Tuesday, April 14th at 2pm Eastern, this Q&A session will provide real-time consultation, problem-solving, and practical arts-based models that will help you use the arts to skillfully support your community during this time.

Reading the Brain: The Fiction of Lisa Genova - Online Class

Literary Cleveland
Apr 15, 2020 - May 13, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Lisa Genova is an author, neuroscientist, and “empathy warrior” who’s fiction explores various neurological diseases and their impacts on identity, perception, and relationships. Participants of this group will “deep dive” into three of Genova’s novels, each of which focuses on a different life-altering neurological diagnosis including Alzheimer’s, Autism, and ALS. We will examine how Genova portrays these conditions in her fiction to foster empathy, awareness, and social action in the reader.

Session 1 – Still Alice (2007)
Session 2 – Every Note Played (2018)
Session 3 – Love Anthony (2012)

This class is presented in partnership with Siegal Lifelong Learning.

Displacement: The Literature of Forced Migration - Online Class

Literary Cleveland
Apr 18, 2020 - Jun 20, 2020 1-3 p.m. | Lake Erie Ink 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
In this reading series, we will explore works by key contemporary authors about forced migration and discuss diverse representations of refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants. According to the United Nations, more than seventy million people are currently displaced worldwide due to war, persecution, and conflict. At the same time, we have witnessed the global rise of nationalist and xenophobic discourses that dehumanize and reject displaced populations. In the United States, we have seen dramatic changes in our policies affecting refugees and asylum-seekers in the past few years, with the rollback of asylum protections and the considerable lowering of the number of refugees to be admitted for resettlement.‍

Contemporary literary authors have challenged these stereotypes by providing more complex and empathetic depictions of forced migration journeys. We will read three highly acclaimed contemporary texts:
– NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2013)
– Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (2017)
– Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (2017)

These texts will offer us an opportunity to imagine better, more inclusive futures. We will engage in close readings and discussions of our primary texts and articulate them to current debates, focusing on understanding the complex historical, social, and political conditions that produce the movement of populations across borders.

Boot Camp for the Arts Livestream

Capacity Interactive
Apr 23, 2020 1-5 p.m. | Online | Community
COVID-19 has turned our industry upside down, but the commitment to the future of the arts is stronger than ever. In times of uncertainty, we must come together as a community and find innovative ways to navigate this pandemic together.

The livestream will feature presentations, Q+A interviews, and case studies from across the arts industry on leadership, marketing, fundraising, and wellness. You’ll hear from experts on how to navigate the crisis, and from peer organizations about what they’re doing to remain active in their patrons’ lives. You’ll also have a front row seat to live performances throughout the day to spark your creativity and inspiration.

Beck Center Classes (ONLINE)

Beck Center for the Arts
Apr 27, 2020 - Jun 06, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Beck Center for the Arts is excited to announce the first online only arts educational programing in its 86 year history. During the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic Beck Center sees and meets the needs in the community for arts as a healing tool, stress reliever for people of all ages, and a way to come together, virtually.

Through the arts individuals and families can improve their health and well-being during this crisis. As an example, in a private music session the experience is tailored to specific personal goals, be that stress management or fostering a new interest. Ed Gallagher, Director of Education at Beck Center for the Arts for over 25 years, as well as a trained music therapist says, “I invite you to bring us into your home with our Beck@Home classes this spring. Our online mini-session is a great way to get creative with others in our community as we gather in our digital classrooms and studios at home.”

In lieu of in-person classes, lessons, and arts education programming, Beck Center’s Education team has curated 18 classes, running April 27 to June 6, 2020, online. There are classes in each art form, from Kids-N-Tunes to ballet, cartooning, acting, and more. 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. These classes will take place on platforms like Zoom and/or Google Classroom, and other already proven education resources. Classes are open to continuing students, and new students. Registration is available now through May 8.

For more information visit or call Beck Center Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST.

Arlene Cassara Dance Classes

Arlene Cassara Dance
Apr 27, 2020 - May 31, 2020 | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Arlene Cassara Dance has FOUR new online sessions for May!!!!
Contemporary for adults & teens, Basic Tap for beginners, Musical Theater Dance (perfect for those who do productions) and Interm/Adv Tap for teens & adults!
All classes are available in 4-week sessions.
Private links will be sent to you weekly so you can learn at YOUR convenience and keep FOREVER!
These classes are available to EVERYONE❣️
$45/per household through Venmo/PayPal

Houde School of Acting Classes (ONLINE)

Houde School of Acting
Apr 28, 2020 - May 29, 2020 Various times | Online | Hone Your Craft
The Houde School of Acting has many online options for you to keep honing your acting skills while still following the “Stay At Home Order”.

The monthly unlimited package for adults is $200 and for young actors is $100.

Or you can purchase individual services or classes. Please go to this link ( to see all of their programs for May, 2020.

Mindsets of Resilient Entrepreneurs (Creative Confidence Podcast — Live Recording)

Apr 29, 2020 9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET | Online | Community, Build Your Business
Today’s economy is a big question mark. The full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen, and uncertainty is the word of the day for businesses small and large.

What can we learn in this moment from global entrepreneurs who are embracing constraints to build resilient, impactful businesses? Alexandre Lazarow, author of the new book Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs—from Delhi to Detroit—Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley, will join IDEO U to discuss the ways entrepreneurs around the world are shifting their mindsets around business innovation and what you can take away from their approach.

They’ll talk about:
-Creating new markets instead of disrupting existing ones.
-Welcoming constraints as a way to push your thinking around business model and organizational design.
-Building resilient businesses that can weather setbacks and volatility.

If you have questions for Alex, send them to or share via Twitter with #IDEOUalex. They’ll also take live questions during the event.

Can’t make the live webcast? Go ahead and RSVP anyway, and they’ll send the podcast and recap to your inbox.

A Dancing Wheels DisDance Party!

The Dancing Wheels Company
Apr 30, 2020 3:30 p.m. | Online | Community
The Dancing Wheels Company has teamed up with Jeremy James and Mix 97.1 to launch a community-wide “Dancing Wheels DisDance Party."

Review their moves to Dancing in the Street by David Bowie & Mick Jagger. Take yourself and your smooth moves outside, breathe in some fresh air, wave to your neighbors, have fun – all while maintaining a solid 6 feet social distance – and tune in to Mix 97.1 on the radio or Listen Live at on Thursday, April 30th at 3:30pm to join in the Dancing Wheels DisDance Party.

Share photos and videos of your dance party on social media by tagging @dancingwheels and @mix97.1, and using the hashtags:
#DWDisDanceParty #DancingWheelsInTheStreet♫
#DancingAloneTogether #InThisTogetherOhio

Need another lesson? Learn the routine to Dancing in the Street with Sara here –

Check out Dancing Wheels company members and some members of their families practicing for the DisDance Party here –

Q&A With Acclaimed Author Ann Packer - Online

Literary Cleveland
Apr 30, 2020 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Online | Community
We are proud to announce that members and friends of Lit Cleveland can participate in an exclusive, online Q&A get-together with the renowned novelist Ann Packer.

Ms. Packer is the acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and three bestselling novels, The Children's Crusade, Songs Without Words, and The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award, among many other prizes and honors. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and her novels have been published around the world. She is the recipient of a James Michener Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Ms. Packer will spend an hour with us, as she is interviewed by Lit Cleveland's own Laura Maylene Walter, and will take as many questions from the registered participants as time allows.

To make this exciting opportunity as accessible as possible, we are offering it at a pay-what-you-can rate beginning at $5. Please pay what you are able to help support Lit Cleveland during the coronavirus crisis.

Cleveland Opera Theater Master Classes (ONLINE)

Cleveland Opera Theater
May 01, 2020 - Jun 12, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Cleveland Opera Theater staff and guest artists offer on-line master classes on: Audition Prep, Language & Diction, Drama, Interpretation, Business and more. Designed for Conservatory and College-aged students and recently graduated Young Artists, but all fans are welcome.

Pinch and Squeal’s Ding Dong Date Nite show!

Wizbang Circus Theatre
May 01, 2020 Friday’s 8 pm | You Tube | Community
An hour long jam packed variety show for all ages by Cleveland circus duo Pinch and Squeal! Live on Fridays on our You Tube Channel see ridiculous antics, special guest circus acts, talented teens, puppet jokes, bad songs and everyone’s favorite; mail frog!
Donations support their theatre and circus school in Cleveland heights that was supposed to open early April

Quickly becoming a favorite of kids and adults in this odd time let the Ding Dong Date Nite show take you away for awhile!