December Events: Artists to Engage with County Residents

Cleveland, OH (DECEMBER, 2016)—In December 2016, Creative Workforce Fellows will be sharing work in events across Cuyahoga County and throughout Northeast Ohio. Attend an event to collect all 40 artist trading cards.


December 1-18: The SantaLand Diaries: Starring theatre artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Ray Caspio and produced by Cleveland Public Theatre, The SantaLand Diaries is best-selling author David Sedaris’ semi-autobiographical story of a jaded, 33-year-old out-of-work actor who takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at a Macy’s department store. All performed with a sardonic wit, The SantaLand Diaries is an enduring holiday favorite. This show is intended for mature audiences.
December 1-18: Light the Lights ‘Ol Moses Cle at Cleveland Public Theatre: Theatre artist and Creative Workforce Fellow Holly Holisinger will perform original work at CPT’s Light the Lights. Ring in the season CPT-style with a vaudeville-inspired evening of holiday folly, mischief and merry-making, created by a host of local talents including another 2016 Fellow, Renee Schilling.
December 2: Optic at Satellite Gallery: Experience sound artist and Creative Workforce Fellow Bob Drake’s Cicada project sound installation at Satellite Gallery during Walk All Over Waterloo

December 2: Derf Backderf Artist Lecture:Comix artist and Creative Workforce Fellow Derf Backderf will discuss the origin and future of his newest comic The Baron of Prospect Ave., and his comix making process. 7:00 p.m. at Waterloo Arts gallery. Stop by for the closing weekend of The Baron of Prospect Ave. art show, displaying original pages from Derf’s ongoing comix project.

December 2: Phone Gallery Exhibition Opening: Nora Morrison:This opening night at Walk All Over Waterloo and throughout December, stop by Allison Lukacsy’s tiny Phone Gallery. Artist Nora Morrison took her passion for knitting to a whole new level by knitting with plastic bags to create an underwater landscape and knitted divers. The show is up now through the end of the year.

December 5: Attempt at Mythology Lecture with poet, Dave Lucas: Poet and Creative Workforce Fellow, Dave Lucas will present on his manuscript progress and calls upon the wisdom and failures of our oldest stories as a means to reckon with our own moment in human history. Free and open to the public.

December 9: All Together Now: New Work From Gallery Artists: See the work of visual artist and Creative Workforce Fellow,Christi Birchfield along with other local artists at 2731 Gallery in a group exhibition featuring works in painting, photography and print media

December 9-16: Handel’s Messiah, Apollo’s Fire: Baroque violinist and Creative Workforce Fellow Julie Andrijeski will perform with internationally acclaimed Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo’s Fire in this spiritual and emotional musical journey

December 15: Jimmy Kuehnle, Gallery Talk at Akron Art Museum: Hear sculptor and Creative Workforce Fellow Jimmy Kuehnle discuss the process and theory surrounding his inflatable sculptures at the Akron Art Museum. His solo exhibition Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle is up through February 19, 2017

December 15-16: The Movement Project Winter Intensive and Audition: Dancer and Creative Workforce Fellow, Rebecca Leuzler and The Movement Project present this high quality, affordable training opportunity for dancers at Playhouse Sauare.

December 23: Christmas at St. John’s: Join Julie Andrijeski and Les Délices will for a free holiday baroque community concert in celebration of the Christmas season. In collaboration with St. John’s incoming Vicar, Kelly Augenbaugh the performance will benefit the diverse community that St. John’s serves.


December 15 and 18: Apollo’s Fire, Handel’s Messiah: Baroque violinist Julie Andrjeski will perform with Apollo’s Fire at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA


These artists spent all year developing and presenting work, and will continue to present this work publicly. Look for the following events next year:

January 6, 2017: Seeds of Colonialism:Visual artist and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow Darice Polo presents and upcoming exhibition of prints at Some Time Gallery in the heart of Cleveland’s Puerto Rican community

January 22, 2017: Filmmakers and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellows Annika Sheaff, Jakob Hochendoner and Simone Barros combine forces to screen new films at the Cedar Lee Theater

January 2017:Up This Hill Screening: Filmmaker, photographer and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow Paul Sobota screens his inspiring documentary at the Cedar Lee Theater with discussion and artist talk-back

January 2017:Poetry Box Project: Poet and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow Catherine Wing will position public poetry boxes around the city for free and open access to local poets work

For more information about CPAC’s Creative Workforce Fellowships visit For updates about Fellows’ events as they become available, visit or

For more information about the grants, hi-res photography or interview contacts, please contact Valerie Schumacher, or 216-575-0331, x128.


About the Creative Workforce Fellowship

The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of CPAC that invests directly in Cuyahoga County artists. Funded disciplines include crafts, dance, design, literature, media, music, theatre and visual arts. Since 2009, 161 Cuyahoga County artists have received funding through the program. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is made possible by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  During the first half of the 2016 Fellowship year, the 40 funded artists developed, researched or created 667 new works, and Cuyahoga County residents experienced their work 131,821 times.

About Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture 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

About Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC)

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2007, CAC has invested $155 million in more than 300 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit