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October Events: Creative Workforce Fellows

Cleveland, OH (OCTOBER, 2016)—In October 2016, Creative Workforce Fellows will be sharing work in events across Cuyahoga County and throughout Northeast Ohio. Attend an event to pick up the artists' trading cards and collect all 40.


October 1 - February 19: Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle: Jimmy Kuehnle’s sculptures, created from coated polyester and coated nylon fabric, inflate and deflate, breathing like an organism, sometimes even pulsating with light. On view at the Akron Art Museum's Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery.

October 4 – November 1: Legacy Writing: The Stories of Your Life: This class, taught by writer 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.  No writing experience necessary. 6:30 - 8 p.m., Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike $60/$50 for Lit Cle members. 

October 6 – 29: 44 Plays for 44 Presidents: 2016 Fellow Eric Gonzalez serves as Sound Designer for this “high-energy, poignant and delightfully absurd biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have served as President of United States so far. Presented by Cleveland Public Theatre Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7 p.m.

October 8: Tell It Slant: Crafting Voice in Creative Nonfiction with Amy Breau: Writer and Creative Workforce Fellow, Amy Breau will explore how to avoid the dreaded pitfall of “a one-note voice telling a one-note story.” Writers can hone their craft through this approachable workshop hosted by Literary Cleveland

October 8: Stories ARThe Best Medicine: The MetroHealth System's Arts-in-Medicine Department and the Cleveland Museum of Art partner to bring you the final showcase of Stories ARThe Best Medicine. For four weeks, storytellers from MetroHealth's HIV/AIDS community worked with performance and teaching artist, and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow, Ray Caspio, to find, craft, and perform their unique stories inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection. Free, no reservations required. 

October 8: Chagrin Film Festival, "All It Takes": Creative Workforce Fellow and filmmaker, Jakob Hochendoner will screen his newest short documentary, All it Takes. The film takes a hard look at the opiate epidemic in Lorain County, following families and advocates at the center of the crisis as they search for solutions.

October 8-22: Wonder: Connections with 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 workshop at the Brecksville Reservation on October 8.

October 8: Artist Talk, Darius Steward: Visual artist, educator and Creative Workforce Fellow, Darius Steward will discuss his vision and philosophy amongst his new work created as artist in residence at Zygote Press. Engage with this artist and his work from 1-3 p.m. Prints on view at Zygote through October 29.

Through October 9: The Last Day: A giant, explorable puzzle box full of tantalizing clues and whispered secrets. Like walking inside a three-dimensional novel, this interactive experience creates a rich universe inside a series of rooms filled with lost letters, sketches of fantastic beasts and lands, postcards from unseen spirits, missing memories, and exotic artifacts. 

October 15-18: Cartoon Crossroads: Internationally renowned Cleveland comic artists and Creative Workforce Fellows, Derf Backderf and John G. will be exhibiting and signing books at the Cartoon CrossRoads festival in Columbus. Meet them and many other tremendous comic artists during "four days of intense, fun, smart and meaningful exploration of the greatest media in the world." 

October 21-22: Positive Reinforcements: A showcase of various short-form work including original plays, sketches, bands, soloists and video artists. See work by some of the best local artists unveiling new work or playing their hits. Featuring performances by 2016 Fellows, Eric M. C. Gonzalez, Jeremy Paul and Ray Caspio along with many others including Lauren Joy Fraley, Christopher Hisey, Val Kozlenko and more. Two nights only at Negative Space Gallery.

October 22-30: Cleveland Dance Fest Free Master Classes: Dancer and Creative Workforce Fellow, Rebecca Leuszler, with The Movement Project, will present a series of master dance classes free and open to the public. Classes will be taught by local and national professionals, and are accessible to all levels of ability.

BONUS! Through October 23: Margin of Error: 2010 & 2014 Fellow, Eric Coble and 2012 Fellow, Eric Schmiedl present Margin of Error at Ensemble Theatre. Harold Carver is the greatest political strategist the nation has ever known. But tonight he has to save four doomed campaigns, his own disintegrating marriage, and fend off an FBI investigation with no one to help him but eager intern Daphne. And he’s stuck at Gate C19 of Cleveland Hopkins Airport. A no-holds-barred look at how we choose our elected officials (and every other product) in our winner-take-all-world.

Learn about latest work on the artists' websites. A full list of Fellows with links is available at

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


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’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. In 2015, the community affirmed its commitment to arts and culture by extending the tax through 2027 with Issue 8. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $140 million in more than 300 organizations to deliver on the promise made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county. In addition, CAC supported 161 Cuyahoga County artists through the Creative Workforce Fellowship since 2009. For more information, visit

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