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The Therapeutic Value of Theater

In the same way a play can profoundly influence audience members, leave them emotionally moved or even drained, it can have a powerful effect on a person struggling with personal or emotional challenges, addiction or even serious community issues. That’s why drama or theater projects are often used therapeutically, and Cleveland has a number of programs that are designed to help different populations, including people with drug and alcohol addictions, HIV/AIDS patients, and even women serving time in prison.

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Categories: Artists, artsandhealth, Cleveland, Education, research, Storytelling, Theater | comments

To Join the Union or Not: That is the Question

Local author and playwright, Christopher Johnston expands on findings from CPAC's latest economic impact study, Staging Cleveland:

For Marc Moritz, the decision to join the Actors’ Equity Association (aka, Equity) union was a no-brainer. He’d been acting since he was six and was three years into his theater studies at Kent State University, when he decided it was time to just go pro.

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Categories: Artists, Economy, Jobs, research, Storytelling, Theater | comments

TV and Radio Are Allies for the Theater Industry

Local author and playwright, Christopher Johnston expands on findings from CPAC's latest economic impact study, Staging Cleveland:

As soon as you hear Leilani Barrett’s rich baritone voice, you know that he was destined to be a Shakespearian actor and do commercial work on the side. Many Cleveland theater actors such as Barrett also work in film, television and commercials for TV or radio or corporate use to increase their income...

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Speak For Yourself (Guest blog by Imad Rahman)

One of the most common logical fallacies some writers of color, or some writers of color born outside the U.S., encounter is one of representation (this is somewhat akin to the ‘You speak English very well’ conversational gambit some well-meaning strangers employ). You are automatically drafted into the position of ambassador, or spokesperson, for your entire ethnic community. You are supposed to write about them, voice their concerns, represent their emotional truths, chart their logistical realities, reveal their deepest darkest secrets, make them accessible through their flaws. In short, a personal truth is expected to become the Universal Truth. And truth, of course, is much murkier than a zero-sum game.

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Categories: literature, Race, Storytelling, writer | comments

It's not about my feelings

Photo by Steve Wagner

"Incendiaries" photo by Steve Wagner

I’m fortunate to be part of an artistic community that values and supports risky experimental work. By risky, I mean just that. There is a fair portion of this work that fails. It may confuse or perhaps even offend the audience. But that is what artists and innovators do, they embark on journeys often unsure of where they will end up.

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Categories: innovation, Neighborhoods, Race, Storytelling | comments

Artist Stereotypes

A few weeks ago, I ran across a story titled “Artists Frustrated With Being Put in a Black Box”. The story, by David C. Barnett (WCPN), featured artist choreographer, Dianne McIntyre among other local talents. I met Dianne during her Fellowship in 2010. She is a world renown, Guggenheim-award-winning, trail-blazing choreographer. She is also welcoming, dedicated and all-around wonderful, as most of the other artists I’ve worked with. But I admit the concerns in this article never would have crossed my mind at the time.

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Categories: art therapy, Artists, creative placemaking, creativity, culture, innovation, Race, Storytelling | comments

Making the wrong argument to the wrong people

Working at a research organization is strange for me because I’ve always felt most at ease when I’m doing. I want to design and create, to be at the event, to write the content, not analyzing participation and setting strategic plan metrics.  If it’s good content and the right people benefit, we’ve done our job right? Arts and culture changes lives. We know it inherently.

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Categories: Arts Education, research, Storytelling | comments

20 Cleveland-area artists drive change for a better tomorrow

Today we release the video interviews with 2013 Creative Workforce Fellows as we accept applications for next year’s awards. Along with all of my colleagues at CPAC and throughout the sector, I believe in the power of arts and culture to drive change and shape better lives. For me, seeing these videos drove that message home in a way that I didn't even realize was such a core part of who I am as a young professional and citizen

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Categories: Artists, community, Cuyahoga, Economy, funding, Investing in Creativity, public policy, resources, Storytelling | comments

Where are you leading?

Looking to the future

What do all great leaders have? I’ve been fortunate to participate in a Leadership Boot Camp through the YWCA, and this question was posed at the start of our last session. We called out answers: “Integrity” “Confidence” ”Influence.” In my head I was dredging up all the great leaders in my life. They have all changed me in some way. They’ve surprised me, captivated my attention and made me understand something I hadn’t before. They’ve taught me how to make better decisions on my own terms. They’ve even tripped me up from time to time (literally and figuratively—I have three sisters). Now you may be quicker than I am, but when our presenter answered her own question, I was almost embarrassed at how simple it was to overlook. All leaders, great or otherwise, have followers.

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Categories: community, experience, leadership, management, public policy, Storytelling, strategic planning | comments

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