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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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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.

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 beckcenter.org/education-programming 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.

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.

First to Final Draft in 5 Weeks - Online

Literary Cleveland
May 06, 2020 - Jun 03, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In a creative lull lately? Looking for inspiration to start a story or the support to help finish one? This workshop will take you from the blank page to a polished short story draft in just five weeks. Each of us will start from scratch and write a 500-word draft by the end of the first session. In the following sessions we will rewrite the draft, increasing the word count and focusing on an individual craft element each time (e.g., point of view, conflict, setting, form, etc.). Together we’ll give and receive feedback, sharpen our writing skills, and leave with polished story drafts.

ONLINE CLASS INFO
This class will meet online on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm the using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use it. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a webcam. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at mweinkam@litcleveland.org.

Writing Out Loud - Online

Literary Cleveland
May 07, 2020 - Jun 11, 2020 6-8 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought “I want to do that”? This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We’ll show you how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.

Each student 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 others’ 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 show where students will join the storytelling community in full.

Weathervane Playhouse Virtual Workshops

Weathervane Playhouse
May 11, 2020 - Jun 13, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Weathervane Playhouse is starting virtual workshops!
These 5-week workshops have been planned and designed to be done online with the goal of bringing the Weathervane Educational experience to your home. All workshops offer LIVE classes via ZOOM each week starting at age 3 to 17. Workshops begin May 11th- June 13th (5 weeks).
Once registered, your class link and other activities will be sent out the Sunday before each class.

Cleveland Play House FREE Arts Programming Online for Children, Teens, and Adults

Cleveland Play House
May 18, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
In response to COVID-19, Cleveland Play House is providing free online enrichment programming for children, teens, and adults from May 18-June 26th.
You can find schedules and register for these free offerings here: https://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/education/in-school/remote-learning

Verb Ballets Virtual Dance Classes

Verb Ballets
May 18, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Learn from your favorite Verb teachers, get coaching in real-time, and enjoy the community of Dance for Everyone from your home! Please register online 24 hours in advance for all virtual zoom classes.
You can also find past virtual classes at this link: https://verbballets.org/onlineclasses/

Keep Moving: 5 Essays in 6 Weeks - Online

Literary Cleveland
May 19, 2020 - Jun 23, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Explore a variety of nonfiction formats with the ultimate goal of generating five very distinct essays in a six-week period. You will adopt more traditional forms, such as personal essays and profiles, but you will also begin to flirt with more experimentally-structured work, such as hermit crab essays and micro-essays. This will be an intense writing (and reading) experience. Every student will have an opportunity to workshop one full-length essay in class. At the end of the six weeks, you will also choose one essay for the instructor to review with detailed editorial feedback.

ONLINE CLASS INFO
This class will meet online on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm the using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use it. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a webcam. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at mweinkam@litcleveland.org.

North Pointe Ballet Online Classes

North Pointe Ballet
Jun 01, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020 Various times | Online | Hone Your Craft
North Pointe Ballet is offering online classes for the month of June, for both intermediate and advanced dancers. Classes will include ballet masterclasses, electives, and private and semi-private lessons. Students will have three packages to choose from.
Website URL: https://northpointeballet.org/training-opportunities/classes-2020-int-adv/
Reply to: education@northpointeballet.org

Reader Series: Judy Blume

Literary Cleveland
Jun 01, 2020 - Jun 29, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
As one of the world’s most celebrated—and censored—authors in the young adult genre, Judy Blume has become the seminal voice of a (younger) generation. Best known for her frank and funny take on adolescence, Blume is regarded as a pioneer in making it okay for teens to discuss their bodies and fears. Join Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens author Jen Jones Donatelli for a deep-dive into three of Blume’s most well-known works: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret; Deenie; and Forever. Learn the stories behind the stories and revisit the classics that told the true tales of teenhood in a group of fellow YA aficionados.‍

Remote class info:
This class will meet remotely every other Monday from 6:30-8:30pm using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use Zoom. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at mweinkam@litcleveland.org.

Speculative Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Jun 04, 2020 - Jun 25, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
What is "speculative fiction"? In the past there has been a divide between "literary" and "genre" fiction, but for the last several years, those distinctions have been growing more and more slippery. The phenomenal success of works by authors like Carmen Maria Machado, and Jesmyn Ward, and the lesser-known but just as exciting works of authors like Indra Das and Michael Thomas Ford have been blurring these lines even more, taking the social relevance and the rules of both categories and blending them into something that's often thought of as "speculative" work. At the base of "speculative fiction" is the question "What If?" We must apply it to terms of category, rules, and our own desires for a different and more intriguing world with out own set of rules based on and beholden to neither. We will learn to push the edges of boxes of genre, rules, and our own imagination to create something more like a potluck of all our influences rather than a 5-course meal made by one chef.

Remote class info
This class will meet remotely on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use Zoom. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at mweinkam@litcleveland.org.

livevirtually: Master Class Edition

All-City Musical (Akron)
Jun 05, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Acting technique and table work sessions will be taught once a week for ten weeks by Mavis Jennings (Director of the All-City Musical, Former Singer and Actor with Cirque du Soleil and Kent State Professor) and Francine Parr (Artistic Director of the Millennial Theatre Project). This course will examine acting techniques and teach students how they can prepare/create a role or character for performances. Lessons will include but are not limited to - script analysis, playing actions, given circumstances, objectives and scene work.

WHEN: Students must sign up for one of the following class times (classes sizes are limited):

Class 1: Fridays from 4-5:30pm (starting Friday, June 5th and ending Friday, August 7th).
Class 2: Saturdays from 2-3:30pm (starting Saturday, June 6th and ending Saturday, August 8th).
Class 3: Saturdays from 4-5:30pm (starting Saturday, June 6th and ending Saturday, August 8th).
Class 4: Sundays from 4-5:30pm (starting Sunday, June 7th and ending Sunday, August 9th).

The course will be taught over ten weeks with all individual classes ending the week of August 7th. Classes will meet for a combined final class on Saturday, August 15th.
LOCATION: Classes will be provided via zoom. Once registered, a zoom link will be sent to each student by the Akron Civic Theatre.
TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE: Please email mharvey@akroncivic.com or call 330-535-3179,
Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and ask for Megan.

Scenario Building & Contingency Planning

Fiscal Management Associates
Jun 05, 2020 10:30 a.m. | Online | Build Your Business, Employment, Money
While nonprofit organizations cannot predict the future, they can begin to anticipate how they would adjust to a variety of major and minor shifts in their original strategic plans and budgets so that they are equipped to make difficult, complex decisions as financial or human capital crises arise in the months ahead. Building potential scenarios and back up plans can give leaders, their staff, boards, and funders the confidence they need to press on and continue to deliver on programs.

Reader Series: Invisible Man

Literary Cleveland
Jun 13, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020 1-3 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man pioneered a new literary style, broke new ground for a generation of black writers, and provided insights on American race relations that stand to this day. In this class, we will discuss the central themes, symbols, and metaphors of the novel. We will analyze the novel as a Bildungsroman and as cultural archaeology. We will 'trouble' accepted readings of the novel and give attention to criticism on the novel, both by Ellison and other literary scholars. And we will make connections between Invisible Man and our present day America.

Take three weeks to read and discuss one of the most important novels in American history.‍

Remote class info
This class will meet remotely on Saturdays from 1-13pm using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use Zoom. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at mweinkam@litcleveland.org.‍

Adult Summer Dance Intensive

Dancing Wheels Company
Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Online & In-Studio | Hone Your Craft
Build your knowledge and practice of physically integrated dance with The Dancing Wheels Company in our one-week Adult Summer Dance Intensive now being offered online and in-studio June 15-19, 2020.

Updated Curriculum / Sample Schedule – 10:00am-3:00pm EDT Monday-Friday
10:00am-11:30am Ballet or Modern Technique
12:00pm-1:30pm New Work Development
1:30pm-3:00pm Dancing Wheels Repertoire

A final performance will be video recorded and link shared with participants.

Tuition
$275 per participant

Register online at https://dancingwheels.org/dancing-wheels-professional-training/adult-summer-dance-intensive-2020/

Questions? Contact Sara Lawrence-Sucato, Director of Outreach, by emailing outreach@dancingwheels.org.

Flash! How to Get Big Impact from Short Writing

Literary Cleveland
Jun 16, 2020 - Jul 07, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Learn about the techniques of flash fiction, flash nonfiction and flash memoir. Short-form writing is a great way to experiment with new forms and genres, enabling you to find undiscovered aspects of your writing voice. In-class writing exercises and week-to-week assignments will challenge and inspire you, while the work and comments of other participants will provide even more perspective.

‍Remote class info
This class will meet remotely on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use Zoom. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at mweinkam@litcleveland.org.

2020 Summer Teacher Residency

Continuing Education + Community Outreach
Jun 17, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020 | Cleveland Institute of Art | Hone Your Craft
Through CIA's Summer Teacher Residency, they bring together a diverse group of dedicated professional for an unforgettable time of creativity and collegiality. You'll join a select group of art educators from across the country as you create a new body of studio work, and reinvigorate your teaching practice.
While on campus, residents are provided individual studio spaces, art-making supplies, and access to CIA's state-of-the-art facilities. A spirit of collaboration and community allows for regular feedback and input from your residency cohort, guided by our faculty advisors.
At the end of the program, you’ll showcase the work created during your ten days at CIA in a group exhibition, with an opening and reception open to the greater community.
The 2020 residency will be open to educators interested in several disciplines, divided into two courses exploring the areas of:
2D Processes, including drawing, painting and printmaking.
Contemporary Craft, including ceramics, glass and jewelry and metals.

Applications are accepted from November 1, 2019, through March 1, 2020.

Script Analysis Zoom Class With Kellen Boyle

Houde School of Acting
Jun 18, 2020 - Jun 25, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
In this class they will cover how to analyze audition sides and find all the clues hidden within. This class helps actors make specific, informed choices about their characters and relationships with other characters, as well as familiarize actors with the setting and plot.

Tools Students Will Learn:
•How to use every piece of information from an audition email and sides to better prepare for auditions before even turning on the camera.
•How to research a show/film properly
•How to make informed wardrobe choices
•How to better understand tone
•How to know your character and their surroundings to make more confident, specific choices.

Free Circus Classes for Kids

Wizbang Circus Theatre
Jun 20, 2020 9 am to 4 pm | 2134 Lee Rd Cleveland Heights | Community
Wizbang Circus Theatre is running free circus classes for kids and teens in Cleveland Heights. This is a chance for parents and kids to experience what the theatre and the school has to offer A great day for kids to have fun! Please see our website for details and how we practice social distance during these times. Juggling, balance, acrobatics, hula hoop tricks, unicycling and so much more await for your kids to try something new and develop strong social skills, trust and new friendships! Circus everyday!!!!
Pre registration is required.

Love Is: An Exploration of Toni Morrison's Literature (Session 2)

Literary Cleveland
Jun 20, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join us for part two 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.‍

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.