Waterways to Waterways / Cuyahoga50 Exhibits and Events

Art and related events celebrating the Cuyahoga River, presented with support from the Creative Fusion program and Cuyahoga50. May 25–September 22 Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning Artist Cai Guo-Qiang makes explosive and monumental drawings with gunpowder, including one of the Cuyahoga River, commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Art. CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART June 4 Curator Talk: Clarissa von Spee […]

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Creative Fusion: Three Banners, Four Artists, One River on Fire

ARTISTS: Tony Williams | Cleveland Rowland Ricketts | Indiana Eduardo Portillo | Venezuela MariЗ Eugenia DЗvila | Venezuela ORGANIZATION: Praxis Fiber Workshop   Half a century ago, on June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire. Environmental contamination played a significant role in that event. Now people are determined not to forget so history will not repeat itself. As a […]

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Creative Fusion: The Lord Can’t Make You Burn

SPEAKERS: Adib Dada | Lebanon Monica Lewis-Patrick | Detroit Kizito Johnson | Uganda Sadhu Johnston | British Columbia PechaKucha founder Mark Dytham | Tokyo ORGANIZATION: PechaKucha Night Cleveland   PechaKucha Night Cleveland marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire with presentations on the next half-century of water conservation.   An unfolding environmental disaster may seem like a poor […]

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Creative Fusion: Re-imagining Riverview

ARTISTS: Malaz Elgemiabby | Sudan & Kent ORGANIZATION: LAND studio   The Creative Fusion program is born of the Cleveland Foundation’s initiative to integrate international artists and local artists with spaces in our community, focusing on different topics every year. The Cleveland Foundation created a program called Waterways to Waterways, where they focus a cohort of international and local artists […]

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Creative Fusion: Bright Future

ARTISTS: Squidsoup & Anthony Rowe | United Kingdom ORGANIZATION: Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative   An installation on the unused streetcar level of Veterans Memorial Bridge uses the light of the ’69 fire to point the way forward.   Perhaps you’ve heard? The Cuyahoga River caught fire fifty years ago. When Randy Newman’s ironic ode, “Burn On,” called […]

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Creative Fusion: Designing for Access and Sustainability

ARTISTS: Douglas Paige | Cleveland Lukas Kronawitter | Germany ORGANIZATION: Cleveland Institute of Art   The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion’s projects in 2019 dare to confront Northeast Ohioans with one of the most embarrassing episodes in our region’s history, in the hope that we heed its warnings for our own era. June 22 marks the half-centennial anniversary of the 1969 […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways Cuyahoga50: Celebrating Our River, Building Our Future

Water. It sustains us, nourishes us, and drives our economy. On the morning of June 22, 1969, a spark dropped from a train passing over the Cuyahoga River, and for the thirteenth time over the previous century, the river caught fire. The immediate reaction was ambivalence: The story barely made it on the back pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. […]

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Creative Fusion Outcomes: Greg Martin returns to Havana to exhibit at Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Cleveland photographer Greg Martin traveled to Cuba as part of the Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion cohort in the winter of 2017. While in Havana and Matanzas, he made photographs of locals using the wet plate collodion process, a complex technique that dates to the early days of photography. It involves first dipping a piece of glass or metal in a […]

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Creative Fusion: Fifty Years After the Crooked River Burned, A Global Response

Creative Fusion’s Waterways to Waterways is an artistic celebration of the Cuyahoga At the center of the Cleveland Foundation’s 2019 Waterways to Waterways Creative Fusion program are five grassroots organizations spearheading nine unique efforts to draw attention to the Cuyahoga River. The 2019 program will also include a Global PechaKucha Night. On June 20, “Waterways” will fill the Jacobs Pavilion […]

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