US – Cuba Relations: A Little Context


In a time of crisis, the peoples of the world must rush to get to know each other. – José Martí, Cuban national hero Sometimes, the imaginable is so deeply entrenched and taken for granted that when the unimaginable finally does occur, it almost seemed inevitable. A week before Christmas in 2014, two sovereign presidents, each in televised fanfare from […]

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The first thematically focused cohort of Creative Fusion artists came to Cleveland in the Fall of 2016. Hosted by SPACES, Transformer Station, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Print Room, Ohio City, Inc., and Ingenuity, they came from six countries to paint murals on Hingetown walls, their efforts matched and supported by six Cleveland-based artists. Visiting artists included Loreto Greve (Santiago, Chile), […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Verb Ballets: Laura Alonso (Havana), Diane McIntyre & Richard Dickinson (Cleveland)


El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Laura Alonso rules the studios of Pro Danza Center with relentless attention to detail. The acclaimed choreographer is the daughter of Cuban dance legends Alicia and Fernando Alonso, whose company—closely allied with the Castro regime- became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Even giving a tour to Verb Ballets leadership and the rest […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Malpaso (Havana), DANCE Cleveland

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Interview with Fernando Saéz of Malpaso   CJ: When and how did Malpaso get started? FS: Any foundational act comes from dissatisfaction with existing paradigms. Malpaso is an attempt to embody our artistic and promotional convictions, founded by Daile Carrazana, Osnel Delgado and myself in December 2012.   CJ: Given the historical […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Cleveland Institute of Art: Yasniel Valdes (Havana), Matthew Hollern, (Cleveland)


El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Before focusing his work on jewelry, and being recognized for it with prizes and prestigious mentorship by both commercial-savvy artisans and conceptual designers, Cuban Yasniel Valdes developed his craft in fashion and art installations. Valdes fabricates beauty in a border area between creation and financial investment, marrying practical instances with esthetically thought-through […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Collective Arts Network: Laura Ruiz Montes (Matanzas, Cuba), Damaris Punales Alpizar (Cleveland)


El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Laura visits us from Matanzas, a beautiful and quiet city of colonial architecture east of Havana. Like Cleveland, Matanzas is a city of bridges and rivers, with a unique history and culture, often ignored. Like Cleveland, Matanzas is a vibrant city, full of artists: poets, painters, and writers. There are very few […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents Creative Fusion Cleveland Meets Havana


El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Even if you haven’t heard of Creative Fusion, the Cleveland Foundation’s international artist residency program, I bet you’ve been touched by our visiting artists over the past nine years. Perhaps you viewed their work at an exhibit, participated in an artist-led workshop, or spotted the bright new murals transforming buildings in Ohio […]

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Art Books Fusion


One advantage of a small organizations is the ability to nimbly respond to fortuitous opportunities. One of the exciting aspects of an artist-in-residence program is how often these opportunities organically develop, as did the Cuban art book exhibit coming to Waterloo Arts this spring through CAN Journal and the Creative Fusion program of the Cleveland Foundation. Laura Ruiz Montes is […]

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Cuba, Cleveland and the Arts: An Import-Export Relationship

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“As a former US diplomat, I can tell you that there is not a country in the world, rich or poor, that you can’t learn something from.” That’s Ronn Richard, president of the Cleveland Foundation, speaking of the Foundation’s Creative Fusion international artist residency program, and specifically its focus on Cuba this Spring. This week, a delegation of Cleveland nonprofit […]

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