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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Center for Performance and Civic Practice announce next round of Learning Lab Artists and Nonprofit Partners


CLEVELAND, January 22, 2020: Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) have selected the second cohort of Cuyahoga County artists and nonprofit partner organizations who will participate in CPCP’s Learning Lab program (list below).


With support from CAC, CPCP is offering a second round of its Learning Lab program – a professional development program designed to train artists in civic, social, public and placemaking practices – in Cuyahoga County. The program also connects artists to local nonprofit partners and provides funding to explore and implement collaborative, project-based work.


Artists submitted applications and were selected by CPCP. Priority funding went to artists that foster artistic expression deeply rooted in and reflective of historically marginalized or underrepresented communities. Artists will receive a $500 stipend to participate alongside the organizational partners in three days of workshops facilitated by CPCP.


The sessions are focused on skill-building in cross-sector collaboration and CPCP's approach to arts-based community led transformation. Upon completion of the training, the artists will pair up with a CAC-funded nonprofit and receive up to $7,500 in funding to codesign public projects informed by Learning Lab’s practices. A minimum of $4,500 goes to each artist for their project.


Learning Lab projects from the first cohort include a range of projects that connected artists and residents and deepened engagement in neighborhoods. For example, a collaboration between outdoor educator Tom Maseveg and FutureHeights activated a mini-park off of Lee Road in Cleveland Heights that uses augmented reality. The Asomdwee Arts project, a collaboration between Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation and artist mr.soul resulted in a mural that depicts African-American history and helps showcase the neighborhood.


“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is committed to supporting artists in Cuyahoga County, and the Learning Lab was so well received by artists and community partners, that we felt it was important to offer it again, said Jill M. Paulsen, interim CEO + executive director for CAC. “The program connects community organizations and artists and offers professional development to artists, which many artists identified as a gap in the community. We were impressed with the results from the first cohort and look forward to seeing how this group uses art and culture to strengthen our community.”


The artists selected are: Malaz Elgemiabby, Amanda King, Meredith King, Valerie Mayén, Devon Sauve, Chris Seibert, Ron Shelton, Julia Rosa Sosa, Darnell Weaver, George Williams

Karen Williams, and Ann Yu.


The nonprofit partner organizations selected are: Baseball Heritage Museum, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Esperanza, Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Hispanic Police Officers Association, International Women's Air & Space Museum, Judson, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, The City Club of Cleveland, University Circle Inc, and West Side Catholic Center.


More information about the Learning Lab is available at http://www.cacgrants.org/LearningLab.



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