Outcomes: Creative Fusion plants seeds of an ongoing artistic exchange

Printmaker Iván Andrés Lecaros Correa first came to Cleveland—and specifically to Zygote Press—in 2012, as a Creative Fusion resident supported by the Cleveland Foundation. He returned in July with his colleague Sabrina Sofía Ávila Martin in a self-supported residency. Seeds planted by Creative Fusion seven years ago now are poised to flourish with support from other funders as a new […]

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ART BECOMING MUSIC Creative Fusion: Composers Series uses the Cleveland Museum of Art as Muse

Igor Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress was inspired by a narrative series of paintings of the same name by William Hogarth. Mussorgsky’s piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition was prompted by… pictures at an exhibition, featuring works by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. Van Gogh’s The Starry Night inspired an orchestral work, an opera, and, for better or worse, Don […]

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Creative Fusion: MID-CENTURY DREAMING

Most every Clevelander has passed the modest mid-century building on West 25th Street between Franklin Avenue and the iconic 1963 Riverview Tower apartment complex, but few actually see it. The landscape somehow swallows it up. Earlier this summer, that changed. LAND studio teamed up with building owner, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to reactivate the space, which the Plain Dealer […]

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THE CLEVELAND FOUNDATION PRESENTS: CREATIVE FUSION Artists at the Table, Building the Future

The projects of the Cleveland Foundation’s 2019 Creative Fusion Waterways to Waterways cohort marked the 50th anniversary of the famous June 22, 1969, fire on the Cuyahoga River. The fire itself and the improvement of the river’s water quality are landmarks in environmental history. Most of that progress has been made through research, education, and political action, as well as […]

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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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