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August 2020


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.

Adult Ballet Class

Cleveland Ballet
Jul 06, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Cleveland Ballet | Community, Hone Your Craft
School of Cleveland Ballet is excited to announce they will be offering Adult Ballet Class July 6th -August 8th. Classes are for Beginner to Advanced students for on $15.00 PER CLASS!!!

Classes will run:
Monday and Wednesday

To register call 216-320-9000 or email

Molly Baber | Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director|

Cleveland City Dance Summer Session

Cleveland City Dance
Jul 06, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020 Various times | In-studio Rotation and Virtual/Live Streaming | Community, Hone Your Craft
Cleveland City Dance is pleased to announce that they are resuming in-person classes and continuing live-streaming classes for our five-week session beginning July 6 and running through August 8. They will be following social distancing protocols as they remain cautious and careful while opening their doors to keep all students safe.

This is the link for the most up-to-date schedule for classes and camps

They have a full set of social distancing protocols that they have in place to keep all students and faculty safe. For protocols please visit us In July they are working to only have teachers and staff wearing facemask, and students wearing facemask as optional, yet highly recommended.

Odyssey Program Online Summer Film Camp

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts
Jul 13, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020 2:00-4:00 PM | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new four-week interactive online course for students aged 13-18 will teach skills in film analysis, story development, screenwriting, production, and postproduction.

Each week, an expert instructor from the School of Film & Media Arts will deliver video lectures on a variety of film topics and an array of industry luminaries will also provide pointers and advice to the students through special video messages. Given fun assignments designed to spark creativity, students will present their work to their classmates at a group Zoom session at the conclusion of each week. Students will also learn the fundamentals of film analysis by viewing a film each week and breaking down its elements during a mid-week instructor-led discussion. Online camp counselors will also be available to the guide the students through the creative process. At the completion of the course, students will have created an original short film that will be screened at an online film festival, to be held on Friday, August 7.

Learn more here or by clicking above:

Voice 101

Amanda Powell
Jul 19, 2020 - Aug 09, 2020 7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
This series is for people who say things like “I’ve always wanted to learn about singing,” or “I really want to know more about how to use my voice.” Together, in zoom format we will explore the basics of the voice—from the physical and technical aspects of singing, to how and why the voice can emotionally reach us in deep and profound ways. We will vocalize, learn songs, sing “together” and have a joyous time!

4 weeks on Sunday evenings, 7pm EST
Session #1: July 19, 26, August 2, 9
60-minute session together
Caps at 10 participants

Houde School of Acting August Classes (Online & In-Person)

Houde School of Acting
Aug 01, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Houde School Of Acting has diversified their programs to be sure that they offer something valuable for every actor at any level, from beginner to experienced.

Their online classes for August include, Self-Tape Coaching, Script Analysis, Film Applications Of Acting Theory, One-Liner Workout, Marketing Materials For The Actor and a Q&A with Atlanta Casting Director, Jordan Brown.

Their in-person classes include, Meisner, Advanced Meisner, Improv, Acting For The Camera, Script Choices and Kids & Teens classes.

They also offer private sessions with Jessica Houde-Morris, either online or in-person and they shoot professional demo reels for actors!!

A one-stop-shop for actors in Northeast Ohio!!

Inlet's Summer Dance Intensive Jr

Inlet Dance Theatre
Aug 03, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM | The Music Settlement at Ohio City | Community
Just like Inlet’s longstanding Summer Dance Intensive, SDI Jr focuses on creating a supportive community for young dancers ages 6-12, exposing students to the collaborative dance-making process, and increasing technical and performance skills.

This 1-week intro camp includes improvisation-based movement games, modern technique, creating new choreography and more! This year will include variations of current and past Inlet works! This camp will culminate with an informal showing for family and friends.

Faculty for the Summer Dance Intensive Jr is comprised of the professional dancers and instructors of Inlet Dance Theatre. Instructors are First Aid Certified and have completed extensive background checks.

***Inlet is committed to running SDI Jr 2020 as scheduled. We will, of course, defer to the State and Federal guidelines regarding Stay at Home orders and social distancing. In the event they have to cancel due to COVID-19 factors, they will fully refund all Tuition.***

$250/half day option (9am-12pm)
$400/full day option (9am-3:30pm)
Scholarships are available; please see event website link for more info.

How I Got to Perform with an Oscar Winner: Tips on Building Your Acting Career

Shaker Arts Council
Aug 04, 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.

Artists Centering Access

Creative Capital
Aug 04, 2020 4-5:30 p.m. | Online | Community, Build Your Business
In this conversation, a group of artists, event programmers, and designers will talk about what it means to center access in creative encounters both in-person and online. The panel will explore how disability intersects with user experience and design, and the larger role that access plays in movements towards social justice. This event will be moderated by Josh Halstead and Jarah Moesch of the Critical Design Lab, a multi-disciplinary and multi-institution collaborative drawing on the methods of critical and interrogative design, intersectional feminist design theory, and crip technoscience to address thorny questions about accessibility. They will be joined by Sina Bahram, founder of Prime Access Consulting, and Camisha L. Jones, poet and managing director of Split This Rock.

Sing Your Story

Amanda Powell
Aug 05, 2020 - Aug 26, 2020 7 p.m. | Hone Your Craft
This series is for people who have some experience with singing and want to further explore their unique voice and expression. We will explore technical aspects of the voice through vocalizing and breath strengthening exercises. At the core of our time together, we will focus on singing songs and making sounds that emotionally move and inspire us. As we journey through the series, we will use improvisation, writing, song exploration and unique ways of joining our voices together. “Sing Your Story” invites you to connect with the musical expression deep within you and cultivate an even greater joy of singing.
4 weeks on Wednesday evenings at 7pm EST
Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26
90-minute session together
Caps at 12 participants

Amanda Powell loves to explore the crossroads of vocal technique and deep musical expression. She is a student and teacher of healthy singing and vocal production, as well as a master storyteller through song. Amanda has served on the voice faculty at a number of schools and currently teaches at Cleveland State University. Amanda enjoys a diverse performance career that includes baroque, classical, folk, jazz and global music performance.

Andy Sweet: In Conversation with Ellen Sweet Moses & Ed Christin

Aug 05, 2020 7:00 PM | Online | Community
LIVE ONLINE EVENT. Join in for a conversation with Ellen Sweet Moses, sister of Andy Sweet and Ed Christin, the collections’ archivist, moderated by Art Historian, Sabine Kretzschmar.

The three will discuss the work of Andy Sweet as well as preview a selection of his recently discovered, never before seen works. This is a free online, live event.

Please join us on the Zoom platform at:

View the full online exhibition here:

Intensive Teacher Training: Applied Drama for Students With Autism and other Developmental/Physical Disabilities

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Aug 10, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020 2-5 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Applied Drama for Students With Autism and other Developmental/Physical Disabilities A One Week Online Professional Development Workshop for Teachers Taught by Wendy Duke and Laura Valendza, co-founders of The Center for Applied Drama and Autism. Duke and Valendza have presented their work at the Milestones National Autism Conference, OCALICON, the National Autism Society Conference, Very Special Arts Intersections (state, regional and national) conferences. August 10 - 14 3 hours per day for a total of 15 hours: 2 - 5 pm on Zoom CEUs available. This will be an interactive workshop. Be prepared to act! Day 1 — Theatre Games for developing social skills in real life and online Day 2 — Physical Acting for communication with body language and voice/sound. Day 3 — Inclusive Improv for all abilities Day 4 — Emotional Expression: Self Advocacy and Anti-Bullying Day 5 — Designing curriculum. Plus a Practice class with students. CADA students and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the training. Ample hand-outs will be available for participants to download. CEUs will be available.

Story Through Improv

Literary Cleveland
Aug 10, 2020 - Aug 24, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Improvisational comedy is often described as the art of writing and performing at the same time, but its rules apply to any creative or problem solving situation. Yes! And! In this class, we delve into the guidelines of agreement, assumption and attention, also known as "don't deny" / "don't ask questions" / "stay in the present" and why they have become guiding lights to people asked to be creative at a moment's notice. We apply the same rules to writing, exploring where they work with the classic writing rules of "show, don't tell" and why every rule is made to be broken, with exercises shamelessly cribbed from improv's greatest hits. Participants learn to laugh their way past writer's block using tools that will help advance their writing, their relationships and their joy.

Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph: Writing a Strong Nonfiction Narrative

Literary Cleveland
Aug 11, 2020 - Sep 15, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
When writing about difficult subjects such as social or personal issues—addiction, sexual violence, gun violence, poverty, severe illness—it is essential to find the heroes and heroines, whether a central character and/or the people who help them, as well as the compelling, uplifting side to the story. That makes the nonfiction narrative more engaging and complete, not just focused on problems. It gives the reader a satisfying takeaway that good can often arise out of a terrible experience. The workshop will guide students on how to uncover that information via in-depth interviews and research, while identifying the good guys and the positive components of the story. The goal is to write a nonfiction piece that reveals the challenges overcome and provides a satisfying, perhaps even cathartic, inspiring conclusion for readers.

Bringing Universal Design Home

ADA Cleveland
Aug 11, 2020 4-5 p.m. | Online | Community
Join Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) for this unique workshop to discover how to bring the seven principles of Universal Design to your home. They’ll give clear examples of features you can add and improvements you can make to increase the accessibility and safety of your home so that people of all ages can enjoy it.

Beyond the ADA: Ensuring Inclusion in Public Spaces

ADA Cleveland
Aug 12, 2020 2-3 p.m. | Online | Community, Build Your Business, Space
Join ADA Cleveland's panel of experts in a discussion on exceeding ADA requirements to make our communities and public spaces truly inclusive and welcoming for people with disabilities. Register in advance for the opportunity to ask questions and speak with the panelists.
Panelists include:
Lillian Kuri, Senior Vice President for Strategy of the Cleveland Foundation
Brian Iorio, CDBG Coordinator for the City of Cleveland Heights
Terry Schwarz, Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative at Kent State University

The City is Our Stage

Aug 15, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020 12:30 p.m. | Various starting locations throughout Cleveland | Community
Take an adventure through Cleveland's neighborhoods and discover LIVE sight-specific artistic performances from the comfort of your own car!

About this Event
During this unusual time, we are all craving live performance! Now, you can get in your car with your loved ones, and soak in multiple performances at locations throughout the greater Cleveland area! Join us for this unique traveling show - where YOU are the one that travels!
As travelers, you will be able to purchase a ticket by choosing a performing arts route from an East Side, West Side, Mid-town, or "Surprise me" starting location. Then you will have the opportunity to see different performances of varying styles. As an artistic traveler, you will have no idea what performance style you will get to see next, truly making this an adventure.
Each artistic journey will take approximately 2 hours, including travel time. Starting times vary by location and artist line-up.

Participating performers are: AlbaTrio, Aminah Louise, Ballet Legato, Be Fitness, Blakk Jakk, Cats on Holiday, Christopher Johnston & Courtney Nicole Auman, Dancing Wheels, Djapo Cultural Arts Institute,
Fellahean with Slowburn, Inlet Dance Theatre, Kenya Woods, Lara Troyer, Laura D'Alessandro/Tou Cha/June Hund/Norbert Ziebold, Marquez Dance Project, Mike Bruckman, MorrisonDance, Nadia Tarnawsky, Near West, Opus 216, Radio on the Lake Theatre, Robin VanLear Art Acts Ltd., Russian Duo, Shanty Circus Option with Chris Seibert, Sky Aerial Works, The Scenic Route, The Welcome Table
Tribe Ostara Tribal Belly Dance, Verb Ballets.

A 30-Day Novel

Literary Cleveland
Aug 15, 2020 - Sep 05, 2020 1-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
For all writers from beginners to advance, for all genres. Writing a novel can be a daunting task, and no easy matter. But it doesn’t have to take you years or unending drafts to get a novel finished. Learn what it takes to finish a novel in thirty days.

What is Spatial Justice? Principles of Planning for Welcoming Public Spaces

New England Foundation for the Arts
Aug 18, 2020 2-3:30 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Space
What is spatial justice, and how can cities and towns use this framework to rethink how their built environment supports people’s rights to be, thrive, express and connect? What role can artists and public art play in helping us imagine and shape more inclusive, thriving public spaces throughout Greater Boston? Join a lively discussion among artists, activists, and urbanists who are leading the conversation about spatial justice in our region. 

Part I: What is Spatial Justice? Principles of Planning for Welcoming Public Spaces is part one of Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces, a three-part discussion series that explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces. 

This mini-series is part of an ongoing “Public Art, Public Places,” an ongoing collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts that hosts cross-sector conversations for planners, artists, culture bearers, and community leaders.

Livestreaming 'Anti-Racism And The Arts'

HowlRound Theatre Commons
Aug 19, 2020 6:30 p.m. | Online | Community, Build Your Business
Reynaldi Lindner Lolong presents Anti-Racism And The Arts livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at on Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
In a time where many arts organizations only exist online through websites, digital content, and social media channels, combined with a growing public accountability for social justice and institutional transparency, the role of the marketing and communications director is uniquely poised to bring about change. At the same time, these roles often sit within traditional white supremacist power structures designed to reinforce the industry norms.

This conversation will bring together four leaders in theater, music, dance, and opera for a frank discussion on the industry, anti-racism, and their aspirations for the future of the field.

Virtual “Careers in the Music Industry” Panel Forum

iN Education, Inc.
Aug 21, 2020 6 p.m. | Online | Community, Build Your Business
It’s A Jinx Records and iN Education’s Battle of The Teal will host their “Careers In The Music Industry” virtual panel discussion on Aug 21st, 2020 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Four panelists whose businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis are coming together to discuss the “behind the scenes” career fields of the music industry and shine the light on the day to day work of concert venue workers, audio professionals, record designers/manufacturers, and retail salespeople.

On Camera Acting (Youth)

Angela Boehm Casting
Aug 22, 2020 12:30 - 3 p.m. | 1st Team Actors Studio, 156 Main St Westlake, OH 44145 | Community, Hone Your Craft
On camera acting can be a challenge for the young actor whose instinct is to push to “get it right” when what is needed from them is to bring their authentic selves to their work. Getting in front of the camera, each student will receive adjustments and notes that will help students gain the confidence to deliver dynamic, bold and honest auditions that casting directors are looking for! The class will go over the different styles of commercials, and learn how to break down commercial copy as well as tackle longer and more complicated scenes and situations. By using their own inner strength and energy, students will work from a place of complete confidence and let the camera come to them! Sara will also break down the common critique “Less is more!”. Her expert instruction will help the actors perform their scenes truthfully and realistically for on camera work!

Stage to Screen Calibration (Adults)

Angela Boehm Casting
Aug 23, 2020 1:15 - 3:45 p.m. | 1st Team Actors Studio, 156 Main St Westlake, OH 44145 | Community, Hone Your Craft
How many times have you been told to “do less” when you go in for an on-camera audition and left completely confused about what that means and how to truly execute that correction? The tools we use to bring characters to life on stage are similar but not exactly the same ones we use for the camera. Students will prepare the same scene (or monologue) for both stage and screen auditions, learning to calibrate their performance for each medium while deepening their work by finding their character’s actions, objectives, and relationship to the arc of the scene.

Making It Public: Activating Public Spaces for Creativity, Connection, and Celebration

New England Foundation for the Arts
Aug 23, 2020 2-3:30 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Space
How can public-making—the collective creation and activation of public spaces for interaction and belonging—be a radical, joyful tool for spatial justice? Join artists, activists, and community leaders to discuss how public-making can create opportunities for interaction, laughter, dialogue, and surprise, and explore real-life examples of public-making that you can bring to your community.

Making it Public: Activating Public Spaces for Creativity, Connection, and Celebration is part two of Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces, a three-part discussion series that explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces. 

This mini-series is part of an ongoing “Public Art, Public Places,” an ongoing collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts that hosts cross-sector conversations for planners, artists, culture bearers, and community leaders.

SalonEra Episode 1: All-Bach

Les Délices
Aug 24, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
The music of J.S. Bach is at once joyful and serious, accessible & intellectual. Perhaps most importantly, it feeds the soul in troubled times. Don’t miss the debut episode featuring Sherezade Panthaki (soprano), Shelby Yamin (violin) & SalonEra Artists in Residence including Eric Milnes (keyboard) and Mélisande Corriveau (viola da gamba and cello).

SalonEra is the 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!

Using Music as a Writing Prompt

Literary Cleveland
Aug 25, 2020 - Sep 15, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
The class explores the use of music a prompt for inspired thought expressed through poetry or prose. It will include music by recorded artists and original music composed by the facilitator to stimulate writing ideas for poetry and other genres.

Developing Your Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Aug 26, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This intermediate level course is designed for writers who are currently engaged in writing a memoir or a connected series of essays. The workshop will focus on craft and the key tools of memoir: finding your theme; exploring structure; balancing scene, summary and reflection, and more. Students will also have an opportunity to workshop a short 3-4 page excerpt from their manuscript during the course, and receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students.

The Yes, And Jam

Imposters Theater
Aug 26, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
This will be an improvised jam session focusing on agreement and building a scene. We'll be practicing with games focused on establishing realities, building upon ideas, and justifying why! Then we'll wrap it up with a 2-3 person scene longform jam.

RSVP to to reserve your spot!

An excerpt from ...Or Does It Explode?

Cleveland Public Theatre
Aug 27, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Virtual/Zoom | Community
Part of CPT's Encounters (Here and Now) Series. Written & Directed by John Dayo-Aliya. This is a work-in-progress virtual reading of an excerpt from …OR DOES IT EXPLODE?. This theatrical piece uses poetry, dance, and other contemporary theatre forms to explore questions of what it means to be Black, male, and young in the 21st century. This will be a LIVE reading via Zoom and will not be available as a recorded video.

How Arts Organizations Monetize Livestreams and Digital Content

Capacity Interactive
Aug 27, 2020 1:00-2:15 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
In a recent survey of audiences and the broader American public, more than half of respondents reported participating in one or more digital cultural activities during the lockdown, and 13% reported paying for cultural content.

In this session, you’ll hear from several arts organizations across genres about how they've monetized content during the pandemic. Each arts administrator will share what they did, how they did it, the results so far, and what they learned. You’ll also have a chance to ask your questions during our Q+A session.

BOHO Earrings

Flux Metal Arts
Aug 29, 2020 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Flux Metal Arts | Community, Hone Your Craft
In this fun and informative class, we will make plenty of embellishments to create your your sparkly one-of-a-kind BOHO hoop earrings! Kim will demonstrate many techniques starting with the centerpiece of the earrings, melting fine silver and transforming it in your choice of vintage shot plates. Students will learn how to ball silver, roll silver beads, hammer, make head pins, do light bead/ wirework, and simple soldering. A wide variety of techniques will be demonstrated, allowing you to make one of a kind earrings to wear or gift. This class is currently limited to six students. Tools and supplies will be available for use.
All levels welcome, & no metalworking experience required. (Ages 16 & up)
Class Fee: $99 Materials Fee: $28
Instructor: Kim O’Neill

Virtual Photo Synthesis Photography Workshop with Samantha Bias

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Aug 29, 2020 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Photosynthesis Photography otherwise known as Chlorophyll Process, is an alternative process photography method using the natural chemistry of leaves and other flora to create lasting images.
In this exclusive workshop, which will be Bias' last workshop on the subject for the year, participants will learn the fundamentals of photosynthesis photography, the origin and will have the option to purchase the materials needed to use this process to create their own unique work of art.
Participants will need to provide their own leaf for printing.
Registration for material kits has closed. To participate, you will need:
-11x14” plexi glass frame for contact printing
-8x10” photo negative with your image of choice
-Digital copy of the PowerPoint presentation for reference (all students will be provided with this after the workshop via email)
Please note the workshop is rain or shine but the process time is dependent on weather. Participants will be able to complete their project at home at their own convenience.
$30 members, $50 nonmembers

Public Works: Planning and Designing Public Spaces for Spatial Justice

New England Foundation for the Arts
Sep 01, 2020 2-3:30 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Space
Not all public spaces are created equal. Transformative planning and urban design begins with addressing historic and current experiences of racism and exclusion. But what does that mean in practice? Join the conversation with creative community leaders about what it means to design for spatial justice. We’ll explore how skate parks, sidewalk kitchens, and “dance courts” can change how public space is used, who feels welcome in it, and how inclusive creative placemaking can help lead the way toward lasting spatial justice.

Part III: Making it Concrete: Planning and Designing Public Spaces for Spatial Justice is part three of Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces, a three-part discussion series that explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces.

This mini-series is part of an ongoing “Public Art, Public Places”, an ongoing collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts that hosts cross-sector conversations for planners, artists, culture bearers, and community leaders.