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This year marks the 18th year of CPAC’s existence as an arts and culture service organization in Northeast Ohio. Having served as a CPAC staffer for 2/3 of the organization’s existence – 12 years this year – I remember most of CPAC’s work with the exception of the planning process that launched the organization itself. Perhaps you recognize the image at right. It’s a photo of a kiosk poster advertising Culture4Me.org, one of CPAC’s first forays into marketing and communications on behalf of the sector – an arts and cultural event calendar. What ever happened to Culture4me.org? It’s a thrilling tale, but not one I’m going to tell today.

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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, artist, Artists, creative placemaking, creativity, culture, innovation, Storytelling | comments

Why You Need A Feedback Loop (by guest blogger Darlene Montonaro)

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers,says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in any field (a daunting statistic for those of us who aspire to achieve mastery in the arts).  His comments have generated someinteresting conversations,  but Daniel Goleman adds a wry sidebar to the research.  InFocus,he points out that if you keep doing something badly, or making the same mistakes over and over, even thousands of hours of practice won’t improve your craft.  In other words, your hours must be devoted to increasing your skill level – pushing your limits, tweaking your practice, and including a feedback loop that helps you recognize errors and correct them.

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Doing More By Saying Nothing

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a public official in a local community to discuss the city’s strategic plan. Before the meeting, I had written down a few notes and done some research to better prepare. I had also written down a few objectives for the meeting; bullet points for how I could measure the ‘effectiveness’ of my conversation. About half way through the meeting, I put my notes away... 

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Categories: advocacy, advocacy training, arts and culture, Best Practices, Connecting with Policy Makers, Listening, Policy Makers, research, Roundtable | comments

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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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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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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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