ARTFUL and LaureLive – Music With A Mission!

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After a detailed conversation with organizers from Elevation Group yesterday, we are excited to say that ARTFUL will be an active participant in this inaugural event, and we’re VERY excited.

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There are two opportunities for artists to participate – as an ARTFUL artist/maker or as a vendor.

 

As part of our stART program, ARTFUL has been asked to provide artists for the day/s who will create on site and offer an interactive and/or educational element for attendees. We are reaching out to other local non-profits involved in the arts, but we’d love it if any of our supporters were willing to participate as well. The key is that what you make/produce must be viewable to passer-byes and ideally encourage them to participate as well. If you are chosen to be one of our ARTFUL artists/makers you will receive a free wristband allowing you access to the concerts for the weekend, as well as 1 wristband for your assistant. Additionally, you may also have an opportunity to sell your wares on a fairly limited basis. If you are interested in participating as an ARTFUL artist/maker, please email shannon@artfulcleveland.org and we will provide you with more information.

The other way in which you can participate is as a vendor. Since this is the inaugural year for this festival, they are offering vendor opportunities at a very discounted price. Their website lists all the details, and we encourage you to take a look.

ARTFUL is excited about this new event and hope to grow our participation over the next several years. The festival is coming up quickly, so please email Shannon ASAP if you are interested, or if you have any questions.


 

meaningFUL People :: Vivian interview with Ida Bergson :: ARTFUL March 2016


ARTFUL is excited to introduce our first installment of meaningFUL People! Art education plays a key role in the education and development of children. meaningFUL People is an opportunity for children, of all ages, to sit down with the teachers who help them express themselves through creativity and to show the world how their art education is an important facet of their lives.

Our first video features Vivian, a third grader at Canterbury Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Vivian sat down with her art teacher, Ida Bergson, to ask her some questions about being a teacher.

Every Friday, students at Canterbury Elementary School practice “Creative Arts Fridays”. A unique collaboration between teachers allows students to learn in new and interesting ways. For more info, please read the article on the CHUH website.

If you are a student, or have a child that would be interested in making a video for meaningFUL people, please email us at meaningful@artfulcleveland.org.

 

 

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Concerned Parent in Regard to the CH-UH Reduction in Force


As an avid supporter of CHUH schools, as a mother and as an artist I feel that it is important to comment on the current art staff reduction at Cleveland Heights High School. The public statement  says that it is reducing the art staff by 1 positionThe reality is that two art teachers would be losing their jobs. Outside of elementary education, each aspiring teacher is qualified to teach specific kinds of art.  Ms. Raack is a ceramics teacher.  Ms. Skehan is a drawing and painting instructor.  
To the school board all the studio arts are lumped together, but I ask you, would you want to learn calculus from a english teacher? Or violin from a drummer? 
Some kids find their voice with a paintbrush, some on the pottery wheel, some with metal, others with wood.  As a budding artist myself, I sought refuge in the photography darkroom and behind a lens.
The tactile art forms help to shape a young persons view of their own world. Finding confidence in an art keeps kids interested in learning, and coming back to school.  I know for many young people the art room becomes a safe place to be different while still fitting in.
Cleveland Heights is the “Home of the Arts.” We must keep arts education strong so we can compete with other systems and keep the Arts here.
I encourage future parents, current parents and community members to engage in this conversation. Research the impact of the arts on young minds and learn more about the plans to continue to educate our children in the future.
Sincerely,

Shannon


ARTFUL just turned ONE!


As we close out the month of March, we wanted to look back on all that we accomplished in our first year. We’ve made great strides for a young organization and are excited about what’s to come as we look towards year two. We wouldn’t have made the strides we have without the incredible help and support of so many of you. Your time, advice and generosity means the world to us. For everything, all of you have done to help, we thank you. Here’s to an exciting year two!