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If your slides look like this, you better read on.

If your slides look like this, you better read on.  

Program Development-Elyria

Actually, if your slides look like this and you haven’t read my blog on declaring our independence from the bad presentation, you should read that first. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

So now you know there’s a whole lot of work you have to do on your presentation before you even think about opening up slide software. I also urge you to ask yourself one other question before doing so: Should you even use slides?

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Categories: design, presentations | comments

5 Things Artists Should Know About Getting Insured

No doubt about it, health insurance is a great thing to have. Unfortunately, navigating the world of health care can be overwhelming, intimidating and downright weird. The emergence of the Affordable Care Act has opened up a lot of opportunities for folks to get insured and get the care they deserve, but even with this new system there are still a lot of questions and uncertainties floating around. Luckily, you’re reading this blog. Here are a few tips you artists (or anyone really) should keep in mind when getting serious about getting covered.

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Categories: Artists, Health, health insurance, Money, resources | comments

Mourning the Loss of a Distinguished Arts & Culture Advocate

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is deeply saddened by the passing of Jamie Ireland, a close friend and colleague and unfailing advocate for arts and culture in Cuyahoga County. Jamie was a longstanding advisor to CPAC and an early advocate for establishing public sector funding for the arts at the local level. Jamie championed state legislative changes that paved the way for a local referendum in support of Cuyahoga County’s cultural assets in 2006. He served as co-chair of the Cuyahoga County Cultural Action Committee, the political action committee that led the charge for the passage of Issue 18, a cigarette excise tax that was approved by the voters in 2006 and funds arts and cultural activities in the County. 

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A List of Lists: Do your Holidays with a CLE Arts Twist

List of Lists

You already know the importance of buying local and that Cleveland has some of the best shops in the land.  With so many lists of them, it would be silly to add our own, so here is a list of those lists that showcase the “buy local arts” scene (plus a few shout-outs). Share these with your friends, and do this holiday season the Cleveland way - with an arts twist.

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Categories: Artists, arts, Cleveland, creativity, experience, Kickstarter | comments

I Hate Numbers

I hate numbers. I have always hated numbers. Story problems make my toes curl; asking me to do addition typically elicits a blank stare and a long ‘Uhhhhmmmm…’ before someone else eventually answers. My method of measuring things like wood and paper, involves a well-developed technique I like to call eyeballing, so as to avoid dealing with a ruler, tape measure, or, god-forbid, fractions. Recently I’ve found myself in the presence of things like statistics and data.

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Categories: Artists, Cleveland, research, Visual | comments

Breaking into Cleveland Public Art

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Art & Soul of Buckeye Park Festival

Public Art didn’t get there by accident. Except maybe the Free Stamp (kidding). Of the many things artists contribute to our community, public art may be one of the most visible and ever growing influences on our culture and landscape.  Forming Cleveland provides a more in-depth illustration of these investments, which you can learn more about on November 20. On top of that, if you are interested in breaking into your own public art portfolio in Cleveland, I strongly advise you connect with LAND studio (who will also be at the Forming Cleveland event). I recently sat in on a workshop “From the Studio to the Street” that only reemphasized the strength of this organization, which says its support of artists is completely self-serving; they can’t do what they do without the creators that make it happen. Pretty awesome, right?

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Categories: accessibility, Artists, Best Practices, Cleveland, collaboration, creative placemaking, Neighborhoods, public, Sustainability | comments

10 things to know about arts event planning

After news broke of the undercover police raid at Loren Naji’s art gallery back in May, among the many concerned arts professionals were the attorneys at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA). In the interest of educating artists and nonprofits about an area of widespread public concern, the VLA decided to hold a free seminar about the legal issues and risks in hosting an event. The VLA teamed up with SPACES (which had encountered a similar charge a few years back) and CPAC to serve that need. Given that 95 arts and culture nonprofits in Cuyahoga County could fill 16.1 terminal towers, we should probably aware of the risks of filling that space at our events.

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Categories: arts, audience, Best Practices, Cleveland, community organizing, legal, music, network, resources | comments

The November Line-Up

Soon, we will head to the voting booth to choose elected offices and decide on community issues. There are nearly one hundred ballot issues in Cuyahoga County, and fifty-four federal, state and local elected offices to vote on. 

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So, there’s cancer.

And then there is fear, terror actually.

There is anger and uncertainty and more fear…

There is the feeling of being totally out of control, of knowing nothing except despair and more fear…

And the cancer isn’t yours, it doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to your four-year-old daughter who is the light of your life and who you would die for at any moment…

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Categories: art therapy, Artists, artsandhealth, Health | comments