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Final Creative Intersections Event to Discuss ‘Moving Forward’ Arts and Safety in Cleveland

OCTOBER 26, 2016 (CLEVELAND, OH) – Throughout its Creative Intersections series, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has explored the multiple roles arts and culture can play as a partner for safety in Cleveland. During its upcoming “Moving Forward” event on Thursday, November 17 from 1:30-5:30pm at the Bohemian National Hall, CPAC will feature a keynote from Chief Andrés González, Chief of Police, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Police Department. The event will also include Playwrights Local presenting an excerpt from the documentary play Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14. A performance talkback will follow. 

Gonzalez, Andres

Chief Andrés González, CMHA Police Department

Andrés González was appointed Chief of Police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) on April 16, 2007. Chief Gonzalez is a 35 year veteran who began his law enforcement career with the City of Cleveland Division of Police. He worked his way through the ranks of Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He served eight (8) years as Commander of the Cleveland Police Third Neighborhood District which encompassed various diverse neighborhoods, the central business district and entertainment district. Chief Gonzalez is the first Hispanic to be appointed Chief of Police of a political subdivision in Cuyahoga County. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal granted by the Ohio Attorney General, the Michael J. Kelly Award for excellence and innovation by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Champion Award from Voices for Ohio’s Children. 

“The intention of CPAC’s series has been to stimulate new conversations about the arts and safety connection,” said Gary Poth, chairman of CPAC’s board of trustees. “CPAC will continue to build upon this work in the coming year,” said Tom Schorgl, president and CEO, CPAC.   

Objectively Reasonable

Objectively/Reasonable is a documentary play on the impact and aftermath of the shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 22, 2014. Billed as a “community response,” this critically acclaimed work is based on monologues culled from interviews with legal experts, civic leaders, police officers, family members and others close to the case, and everyday Clevelanders. The work expresses unheard perspectives on the Tamir Rice shooting, the topic of police misuse of force, and the condition of race relations in America. Objectively/Reasonable was conceived and edited by David Todd, with contributions from an ensemble of diverse writers: Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and Todd. Hailed by The Plain Dealer as “electric, probing and uncomfortably raw…a play that needs to be seen,” this production features direction by Terrence Spivey, former artistic director of Karamu House. 

The Creative Intersections “Moving Forward” event will include light refreshments and time for networking. The cost is $25. For more information on the series and to register, visit www.cultureforward.org

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About Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC):

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio. CPAC serves and supports arts and culture professionals and community leaders who are working to create a brighter future for greater Cleveland. Through counsel, relationship building, research, programs and advocacy, CPAC works to strengthen, unify and connect greater Cleveland’s arts and culture sector. CPAC envisions greater Cleveland’s diverse arts and culture sector as a leading partner in contributing to our community’s vitality and enlivening the human experience. For more information, visit www.cultureforward.org.

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