Worldwide Begins at Home

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You’ve seen at least one variation of this idea expressed on bumper stickers: Think Globally: Act Locally. That may mean something different to everyone who reads it, but when it’s stuck on the back of an old, fuel-efficient car along with a bunch of other bumper stickers that say things like “Imagine Whirled Peas,” and “Coexist” (spelled out in the […]






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Punch Above Your Weight / Growing the Pie: Selling Art Beyond the Boundaries of Northeast Ohio, Part Three

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It could happen here: In 2014, two New Orleans photographers—the husband-and-wife team Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick—showed a series of photographs of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana as part of the art triennial, Prospect. Speaking of their exhibit, called “Slavery: The Prison Industrial Complex,” Calhoun told the New Orleans Times Picayune, “Angola is still pretty much run like […]






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Show Up!

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Almost all of the artists that I know who have been successful in our region have been full participants in its art life.  They show up at art openings, participate in activities like the Monster Drawing Rally at SPACES or Monothon at Zygote, visit each other’s studios, and populate the boards of art organizations. When their careers were new, it […]






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Object Lessons: Cyra Levenson works to engage art students of all ages, through the collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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  Cyra Levenson has been in her role as the Cleveland Museum of Art’s director of education and academic affairs for just over a year. Her broad duties include overseeing interpretation of the collection, as well as collaborating in the launch of The Keithley Institute for Art History, which offers object-based learning opportunity for researchers or students interested in museum […]






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Sunflowers on Red Bricks: Re-reading Latin America and the Caribbean from Cleveland, Ohio

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  by Laura Ruiz Montes Translation by Damaris Puñales Alpízar Laura Ruiz Montes is a poet, writer, and critic in Matanzas, Cuba, who was a Spring 2017 Creative Fusion resident in Cleveland, hosted by CAN Journal and supported by the Cleveland Foundation. This is the second part of her essay on Cleveland artists of Latin American descent. The first part […]






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FALL 2017 EVENTS

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Your easy, chronological guide to what Northeast Ohio galleries and museums have coming up in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN. Enjoy the shows!   Continuing   Through September 1 Justin Brennan: Paintings and Drawings; Stephen Kasner: Homecoming Preview HEDGE GALLERY   Through September 9 Word. […]






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Individually and Collectively: A City of Immigrants with a Chorus of Voices – We All Do Better When We Work Together

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This issue of CAN marks the beginning of our sixth year. Depending on when you start counting, our fifth anniversary is either just about to happen, or came sometime during the last six months. On this occasion, we can’t help explore who we are, and why we are here. And in light of the national and international political climate, with […]






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Death from the Skies: Meet 2017 Guggenheim Fellow / KSU Associate Professor Mahwish Chishty

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Killing is an old story, but military drones are doing what they can to update it. Since 2004 the CIA, operating under the past two administrations, has waged what amounts to a futuristic, robotic aerial war against alleged terrorists organizing along Pakistan’s northwest border, killing thousands of people.  Some died because they were targeted, others because they were too close […]






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