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November Events: Artists to Engage with County Residents

Cleveland, OH (NOVEMBER, 2016)—In November 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. 


November 1-11: Memoir Writing Workshops: In this class, poet and Creative Workforce Fellow, Darlene Montonaro will help you find the meaningful stories of your life as you write about personal experiences and family history. You’ll receive feedback from your peers and learn how to build on your strengths as you begin to shape raw material into memoir. Appropriate for all levels of writers. 

November 1-30: Ryan Jaenke, SPACES Artist Residency: SPACES is proud to host Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Ryan Jaenke. This group of international and local artist for the Creative Fusion Residency were chosen to make art in the public realm. Ryan will be painting a mural on a building in the Hingetown neighborhood near the home of SPACES. 

November 4: The Baron of Prospect Ave. Comix Project at Waterloo Arts: Waterloo Arts is excited to host an exhibit of international bestselling author and comix creator, Derf Backderf. As a Creative Workforce Fellow, Derf has been working on a new project, THE BARON OF PROSPECT AVE. The opening reception is a chance to talk to the artist and see his process from reference photos to pencil drawings to the final pen and ink pages. 

November 4: Cleveland Dance Fest: Cleveland’s first ever, free two-day dance festival by the Movement Project. Including work by 10 Cleveland choreographers including 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow, Rebecca Leuszler. Reserve your free ticket 

November 4-5: Unsuccessful Wrestling: Come out and wrestle as your favorite political cause or candidate in this interactive digital exhibition! Watch as performers wrestle their digital opponents and test your skills. Bring back the Joy of Voting leading up to the Tuesday elections while enjoying a woman's suffrage style party. 

November 5: 2016 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire: Build your own triple-oscillator noise maker with Creative Workforce Fellow and Cleveland sound artist, bBob Drake at Cleveland Public Library’s Mini Maker Faire. Also led by bBob, attendees can participate in a hands-on analog synth demo. The 2016 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is free and open to the public. 

November 5: Free Playwriting Workshops, 2nd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival: Join Playwrights Local and The Dramatists Guild for a pair of free workshops in “Alternative Modes for Practicing Playwrights,” at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts. Filmmaker and Creative Workforce Fellow, Simone Barros will lead “Crafting the Screenplay: Three-act Structure,” in which participants can gain a deep understanding of inciting incident, climax and dénouement. 

November 5: SPACES Gallery annual benefit, Great Expectations: WESTWARD HO! a benefit and silent art auction, featuring the work of 100 artists from the expansive SPACES community, including the work of sculptor and Creative Workforce Fellow, Lauren Herzak-Bauman. This year's benefit celebrates the 38 years SPACES has served as a presenting venue for stellar contemporary art. 

November 11: Build…Destroy…Build: Dancer, filmmaker and Creative Workforce Fellow, Annika Sheaff will screen her short film, Crumble and Go at SPACES Gallery’s newest Vault exhibition. a special presentation during the move to the new SPACES, and will be visible from the street before the building officially opens to the public on January 14, 2017. The selected works manipulate, push, pull and stretch, in an effort to reimage conventional constructs. 

November 12: Wonder: Connections to Nature: Sculptor, naturalist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Kevin Kautenburger will host 18 interactive workshops in partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks reservations. This project is designed to record and compare individual responses to a range of natural phenomena, to see how deep and profound our connections to nature might be. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the artist and nature through personal writings and use of pinhole cameras. Next session on November 12 at West Creek Reservation, meeting at the Watershed Stewardship Center, from 2-3:30 p.m.  

November 12-13: Puppet Play, Children’s Theatre Workshop: Join Children's Theatre Artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Ali Garrigan in this fun workshop teaching the inner workings of puppetry in theatre. 

November 17-19: Give Me the Map: starring Robert Hawkes & Creative Workforce Fellow, Ray Caspio. The first scene of King Lear goes badly for the old man, as we know. But what the heck was he expecting anyway? Hawkes' one-act prologue to the tale seeks to answer that very question as the King (Robert Hawkes) and his Fool (Ray Caspio) try desperately to control events that have not even happened yet. 

November 18-20: Cleveland Flea: Lauren Herzak-Bauman, ceramic artist, sculptor and Creative Workforce Fellow, will offer up her functional ceramic works for sale at the Holiday Markets edition of the Cleveland Flea. Support your local makers this holiday season. 

November 25-Dec.18: Light the Lights, Ol’ Moses Cle (A Wild Holiday Romp): Theatre artists and Creative Workforce Fellows Holly Holsinger and Renee Schilling, will create and present original work at Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual holiday theatre collective. Ring in the season CPT-style with a vaudeville-inspired evening of holiday folly, mischief and merry-making. 

November 27: Ghengis Con:Comic artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, John G. presents the popular small press and underground comic convention at The Lake Erie Building. This will be the eighth annual gathering of the best cartoonists, zinesters, illustrators, authors and printmakers from all over the Rust-Belt region. This award-winning event will be FREE and open from 2pm to 7pm. 



Through November: Symposium Exhibition: Flotsam:Curated by visual artist and Creative Workforce Fellow Sarah Kabot and including the work of visual artist and Creative Workforce Fellow, Christi Birchfield. Flotsamwill be on view in Savannah, GA, Kaufman Gallery through November, exploring material and product misappropriation, deconstruction and consumer culture. 

November 30 – Dec. 4: Aqua Art Miami: Sculptor and Creative Workforce Fellow, Irina Koukhanova will showcase new work in this international contemporary art fair. The 2016 event will feature 47 international exhibitors and will serve as a hub for collectors, curators and art lovers alike. 


WHO RAY: Follow Ray Caspio’s journey of storytelling in this podcast featuring commentary on topics including the RNC and the Orlando/Pulse shooting through narrative and interviews. 

The Baron of Prospect Avenue: Derf Backderf posts new pages regularly as a free webcomic. The story picks up immediately after the events in PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS. Follow the further adventures of Otto, aka The Baron, as he seeks love, adventure and triumph over his enemies! Read it as it’s created! 


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. 

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

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