Thank you to everyone who came out to the first Arts & Culture Network Night of the year! We were grateful for the opportunity to introduce our new Arts & Culture Fellows—Cheyanne Jeffries, Nahomy Ortiz-Garcia, Zuggie Tate, and Lindsay Wheeler. These fellows will be working throughout the year to make Arts & Culture Network Night even better!
Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, is seeking Arts & Culture Fellows to support the stewardship of our Virtual Arts & Culture Network Nights. Arts & Culture Fellows will be emerging artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds with a vested interest in weaving our city’s arts and culture community.
Thank you for another great year of Arts and Culture Network Night. We are pleased to have hosted six virtual events in 2021. These virtual events provided a space to stay connected with each other and the arts in a challenging year. Being online pushed us to craft new avenues for connection. The public agenda helps us navigate the online platform, and “What’s Lifting You Up” gives us a chance to further incorporate arts and culture into the discussion.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Arts & Culture Network Night last week! Our final Arts & Culture Network Night of the year is right around the corner on Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m. Register here.
A special thank you goes to the Roberto Ocasio Foundation and Xavier Walsh for starting the October Network Night off strong with some latin jazz. You can learn more about the Robert Ocasio Foundation and its latin jazz camp (of which Xavier was a participant) here.
What’s lifting you up? Participants shared a piece of art and culture that has been lifting them up recently. Check out the Public Agenda to discover something new and lift your own spirit!
Business of the Network offers opportunities for people to explore specific issues that are important to them. This month, the Business of the Network conversations included:
- What are your thoughts/hopes around support for the arts from the next City of Cleveland administration? What do you want the next mayor to know about the arts community?
- I’m working on a project with FRONT. We are crafting a fellowship for BIPOC artists in CLE. What would you LOVE to see in a fellowship? (Deidre)
- I’m interested in gaining insights from people who’ve been involved in (or interested in) projects using art to discuss/process racial healing. (Danielle)
Be sure to check out the notes from each discussion and possible points of connection in the Public Agenda. If you want to follow up with a conversation host, click their name in order to email them.
The Marketplace provides another opportunity for connection as neighbors are able to make offers and requests to one another. We believe that everyone has something to offer and our community is stronger when everyone is able to contribute. The Marketplace provides a space to see this in action. At the October Neighbor Night, requests and offers included:
- Margo is looking for people to connect with who are interested in adult literacy.
- Diedre is a consultant who works with independent artists and organizations to create community programs. They are offering their program management and marketing skills.
- Kevin with Roots of American Music is in need of teaching artists, especially with regards to Maltz Museum’s Stop The Hate youth sing out.
Check out the complete Marketplace offerings and requests in the Public Agenda.
Don’t forget to register here for the final Arts & Culture Network Night of the year on December 9!
You’re invited — October 28th
Whether you are an artist or someone who simply loves to support arts and culture in the community, we hope you’ll join us for an upcoming Arts & Culture Network Night.
Network Night includes space for anyone to host a breakout conversation during Business of the Network. To host, you simply pose a question you’d like to listen about. This is an opportunity to get feedback on your work, to brainstorm ideas, or receive support. You can scroll down to see examples from previous Arts & Culture Network Night events. If you’d like to host a conversation and would like support shaping your invitation, simply email Lj or call her at (216)264-9858.
Save the Date — our final Arts & Culture Network Night event for the year is on December 9th from 6 to 8 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars now!
Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for Arts & Culture Network Night.
Business of the Network is always a part of Arts & Culture Network Night. It is an opportunity for people to host conversations about topics that matter to them. It is an excellent opportunity to get feedback, learn from the group, and explore opportunities for collaboration. The following topics were discussed in August:
- Are you collecting demographic info? We’d love to hear about your process, any challenges or ideas you have. (hosted by Julia)
- How might FRONT International Triennial for Contemporary Art create meaningful connections to the Cleveland community so more people can enjoy and participate in this program? (hosted by Deidre)
- How do cultural institutions create collaborative community-based programming with community members? (hosted by Andrew)
- Are any of your organizations struggling with the anxiety-level of your audiences and/or participants? And how are you navigating this? (hosted by Colleen)
- Who are your favorite elected officials who have supported arts and culture, and how have you worked together? (hosted by Jeremy)
To learn more about these conversations, check out the Public Agenda or click the contact person’s name to send them an email. If you’d like to host a conversation in October or December, we are happy to help you shape the question. Simply email Lj.
The Marketplace is a practice that reveals the gifts and resources we have available in the community. Everyone is invited to make a request or an offer, and then “match” with folks to share resources and support the community. Here are a few requests and offers from the August event:
- Ed offered help with IT and tech support.
- Sharon is looking for community partners to help bring chamber music to a broader community, specifically for our concerts presenting the Imani Winds (10/5/21) and Lawrence Brownlee (4/26/22).
- Nahomy works to uplift the Latinx artist community. She offered to share opportunities with a database of Latinx artists.
To see a full list of requests and offers, check out the Marketplace and Connections section of the Public Agenda.
See you Next Time!
Arts and Culture Network Night in April
Thank you to Caleb Wright and Seth Bisen-Hersh for the beautiful performance to open up Arts and Culture Network Night in April. You can learn more about Caleb on the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture directory, or on Instagram and Facebook. More info about Seth can be found here or @sethbhdotcom on all social media platforms.
Remember, that you can also create a profile or share event info on the CAC directory, ClevelandArtsEvents.com.
As we opened Network Night, Luis took a moment to acknowledge the ongoing fight against white supremacy and the stress that our communities continue to bear, especially those who are BIPOC. Luis shared some of his favorite resources for taking care of ourselves:
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts
- Shine, an app to support mental health and well being
- Decolonizing Healing on IG
- Decolonizing Therapy on IG
- La Cura Podcast: Decolonizing Latinx Health and Reclaiming Traditional Healing
Business of the Network
Whether you are an artist or someone who works at an arts organization, Business of the Network is a great opportunity to get input and support. Simply pose a question for discussion and host a 20-minute breakout conversation.
These were the conversations hosted in April.
Do you have a conversation you’d like to host? Simply join us at an upcoming event or contact Lj for more information.
The Marketplace is another great way to make connections at Arts & Culture Network Night. Here are a few of the requests and offers we heard in April:
- Dawn is looking for places to distribute comics for Comics on the Corner, the project she created to improve literacy in her neighborhood.
- Luis offered to tell folks more about the CAC Grant applications that will be a live beginning in May.
- Jensen works with the Mandel Humanities Center at Tri-C. They are looking for projects in the community they can support.
- And Christopher, who was the Marketplace Leader in April, made a declaration that he WILL do physical therapy 5 days a week! Way to go, Christopher. We know you can do it!
Matching funds for your arts and culture projects are available through the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Match fund with IOBY.org
Whether you are an artist or someone who simply loves to support arts and culture in the community, we hope you’ll join us for an upcoming Arts & Culture Network Night. We’ll be co-hosting several gatherings this year with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
If you have ideas for Arts and Culture Network Night, or if you’d like to join the team of volunteers who make this event happen, we’d love to have you! Contact Lj or text her at 216-264-9858.