The Cleveland Foundation Presents CREATIVE FUSION, Global Artists Creating Lasting Impact

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In the previous issue of CAN Journal, we shared the backgrounds, interests and many ways for you to engage with each of the six Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion international artists. This issue highlights the impact of each artist’s residency. The artists arrived in Cleveland the first week of March, and will return to their home countries at the beginning of June.


What makes the Creative Fusion experience unique is that, in addition to undertaking innovative work in his/her discipline, each visiting international artist spends just as much time, if not more, making strong connections and exchanges with local artists, students and the Greater Cleveland community. The deep engagement that Creative Fusion offers at the artistic level generates a rich and lasting impact.  We hope you will see how many lives have been touched, how many organizations are engaged and how important the global idea exchange is for Cleveland.

– Lillian Kuri, Program Director for the Arts and Urban Design, Cleveland Foundation.


About Creative Fusion

The Cleveland Foundation’s international artist residency program has welcomed more than 70 foreign artists to Cleveland since it launched in 2008. Each year, Creative Fusion brings approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland.  Each is hosted by a local cultural institution during two three-month residency periods, which take place in spring (March-May) and fall (September-November). In recent years, Creative Fusion welcomed incredible international artists from Armenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Chile, Iran, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Brazil, Senegal, Egypt, Pakistan, and South Africa from a variety of art forms, including painting, multimedia installations, print-making, sculpture, ballet, experimental dance, and photography.

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