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December 2017


Glitz & Glam: Highlights of the Ursuline College Historic Costume Study Collection

Ursuline College
Nov 03, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm; closed Monday. | Wasmer Gallery - Ursuline College, 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124 | Community
Established in 1984 and added to with spectacular acquisitions every year since, the Ursuline College Historic Costume Study Collection includes more than 3,500 pieces of 20th century American apparel and accessories. The collection – dubbed The Best Closet in Cleveland – is used as a study tool in the College’s fashion programs. This exhibition is the final installment of the series of cultural events supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ursuline College’s move to Pepper Pike.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Anna Arnold at

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 3, 5-8pm
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm; closed Monday.
*Please note, the Gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving, November 22 – 26, and for Christmas, December 23 – 27.

Festival of Trees

Cleveland Play House
Nov 21, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 | Allen Theatre 1407 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
The Festival of Trees is back and better than ever before! Introducing Festival of Trees - All Spruced Up! Get into the spirit of the season with this beloved annual holiday tradition. The Allen Theatre lobbies will shine brightly with spectacular trees masterfully decorated by local designers. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public, and sure to be a delight for all.

Times Vary: November 21 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. November 22 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. November 24 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. November 25 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. November 26 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. November 28 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. November 29 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. November 30 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 1 - 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 2 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 3 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. December 5 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 6 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 7 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 8 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 9 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 10 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. December 12 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 13 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 14 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 15 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 16 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 17 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. December 18 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 19 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 20 – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 21 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 22 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. December 23 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

A Christmas Story

Cleveland Play House
Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Time Vary: 2:30 PM, 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM | Allen Theatre | Community
He’s back! One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn’t come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

The Loush Sisters get HARD for the Holidays (Yippie-Kai-Yay Mother-Loushers)

Cleveland Public Theatre
Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
The infamous sisters are BACK! This time, taking matters into their own hands… *wink wink*. Join Holly and Jolly Loush (aka The Loush Sisters) for their *deeply* anticipated return to the stage in a bawdy, boozy, holiday cabaret. Fueled by song, sidekicks and a hefty dose of “holiday cheer,” The Loush Sisters battle villains and attempt to avert disaster in this radical satirization of America’s favorite holiday classic… Die Hard. Created by Liz Conway, Michael Seevers, Jr. and Beth Wood. WORLD PREMIERE.

The West Shore Chorale Presents Carols & Choruses of Christmas

The West Shore Chorale
Dec 03, 2017 7:30 PM | Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts | Community
Join the Chorale for our 50th Anniversary holiday concert, Carols & Choruses of Christmas, conducted by John Drotleff. This sparkling evening of choral and orchestral music features popular guest artists, the Fuller Sounds Bell Choir directed by Carmen Massaro. Seasonal works by David Conte, Handel, Lauridsen, Mendelssohn, Vaughn Williams and others, plus carol singing with the audience. A free reception will follow. Tickets $15, students of all ages free. Purchase at the door, on line at or call 216-373-7773. Parking is free and handicap accessible.

Creative Ohio: Healthy Communities (Columbus, OH)

Ohio History Connection
Dec 04, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Ohio History Center - 800 E. 17th Ave Columbus, OH 43211 | Community, Space
Keynotes: How to Survive Middle School: Robert Post, Stand-up Comedian and Actor and Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University

Presentations on:
- How to Build Quality Proposals & Healthy Fund Development
- Healthy Schools
- Art Therapy for Substance Abuse
- Columbus Culture Walks & Public Health
- Advocacy
- Transit Arts
- Public Art Working with Municipalities
- Healthy Creative Place-making in our Downtowns
- Capital Appropriations

Celebrating Arts Connections at Our Libraries

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium
Dec 06, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Talespinner Children’s Theatre 5209 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community, Space
Take your colleagues and friends, and join in at Talespinner Children’s Theatre for a robust conversation about the arts and the libraries that dot our neighborhoods.

It'll begin with Talespinner Touring Company’s whimsical, 20-minute setting of the beloved folktale, The Brementown Musicians. Then, with Megan Van Voorhis as host, Aaron Mason and Bill Kelly will talk about their libraries, multi-layered arts offerings and opportunities.

Following Q&A’s, you’ll move to Reinberger Lobby for a light repast and holiday treats.

Young Adult Writer Showcase: Mindy McGinnis and Cinda Williams Chima

Literary Cleveland
Dec 07, 2017 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleve. | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join in for the last Read Ohio event of the year, featuring acclaimed young adult authors Mindy McGinnis and Cinda Williams Chima! They'll gather at Loganberry Books to hear the two authors read from newly published work, discuss their approach to young adult writing, and take questions from the audience. Read Ohio is presented in partnership with Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library.

IBD Reasonable Accommodations at Work and School Webinar

Liner Legal, LLC
Dec 07, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Liner Legal, LLC | Community
Join Liner Legal and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation for an IBD Educational Webinar Series to learn about important information and resources when it comes to having reasonable accommodations at work and school!

2017 Annual Meeting & Neighbor Networking

Shaker Arts Council
Dec 08, 2017 6:30 PM | The Townhomes of Van Aken, 3190 Van Aken Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH 44120 | Build Your Business, Space
6:30* pm -Neighbors Networking, an opportunity for local artists - those who offer music lessons, paint or photograph portraits, provide design services (graphic, interiors, architecture) or perform, write or sculpt - to connect with neighbors who may be searching for these types of artistic services. Artists are invited to bring business cards to share.

7:15pm - Shaker Arts Council Annual Meeting will be called to order. The meeting will be followed by a performance by local musicians.

*Tours of the Townhomes of Van Aken model will begin at 5:30 pm and will continue throughout the evening. For more information on the Townhomes of Van Aken visit

This evening is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments. Ample parking is accessed off of Sutton Road. Parking is inside the fencing next to the model entrance.

CPT presents Pinch and Squeal’s WIZBANG!

Cleveland Public Theatre
Dec 08, 2017 - Dec 09, 2017 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
CPT is proud to present Pinch and Squeal’s WIZBANG! – Cleveland’s very own variety circus theatre! Two spectacular nights of absolute holiday madness filled with ridiculous acts, world class circus and professional misbehavers! Shoving vaudeville kicking and screaming into the 21st century, Pinch and Squeal invite you into their absurd world where the nonstop entertainment unfolds all around, in your lap and even above you! Come and laugh with us! Tickets: $30

CPH Theatre Academy Open House

Cleveland Play House
Dec 09, 2017 - Dec 09, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM | 1901 E 13th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
December 9, 2017
Noon - 6pm
Learn more about CPH Theatre Academy at their Open House.
They have classes for working adult professionals, preschool children with big imaginations and everyone in between.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Regular Board Meeting

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Dec 11, 2017 3:30 (4:15) p.m. | Idea Center - Miller Classroom | Community, Money
All are invited to join Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at its Board meeting. The meeting will begin with an executive session at 3:30 pm, followed by the regular meeting, which will begin by 4:15 pm. At the meeting, the Board of Trustees will receive and discuss recommendations for support for Cuyahoga County artists, be asked to approve the 2018 operating budget, and discuss administrative matters. The Board will also present a resolution of appreciation to Tom Schorgl, who is retiring from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and was integral in the formation of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

2 Day Winter Intensive & Company Audition

The Movement Project
Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 10:00-4:00 pm (12/15), 10:00 - 2:45 pm (12/16) | Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Join TMP December 15th & 16th, 2017 for our 2-Day Winter Intensive at Pilgrim Church! As professional dancers, it's important to continue training and engaging with our dance community. TMP is working hard to bring high quality and affordable training opportunities to you and looks forward to offering this 2-Day intensive to the Cleveland dance community.

3 day "Research and Development" Workshop with Raymond Bobgan

Cleveland Public Theatre
Dec 28, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Various times | Cleveland Public Theatre | Hone Your Craft
This winter, Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan will hold a free, 3 day Research and Development open session, in an effort to further his work and to broaden the pool of diverse artists involved in this exciting work. This 3 day workshop will both explore Raymond’s unique approach to devised theatre and serve as an opportunity for Raymond and artists to get to know each other’s work better for potential future projects.

More on Research and Development Workshop:
Application to participate in this workshop is open to all artists. Participants must attend all three sessions and can expect intense physical work, singing and voice work, and creation of original scenes and material. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore work that is both personal and meaningful. No partial participation is allowed.

Workshop Dates and Times:
Thursday, Dec 28th, 6-10pm
Friday, December 29th, 2-10pm with dinner break Saturday, December 30th, 12 noon-12 midnight (with two long breaks). There will be a work presentation at approximately 11pm. Participants may invite one guest to that showing and will be joined by Raymond’s current collaborators.

To apply, please email headshot (or recent photo) and resume along with brief answers to the questions below (answers should take up an equivalent of 1-2 pages, 400-800 words or so.
1) What is the most important thing for you about being in theatre?
2) Why are you interested in this workshop?
3) What are your current challenges as an actor that you are seeking to work on?
Submit materials to CPT Artistic Associate Molly Andrews-Hinders by Friday, December 15th:<>. You can also email Molly with any questions.

The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Healthcare and Creative Aging 2018 - Deadline to sign up

The Creative Center
Dec 29, 2017 | Hone Your Craft
Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30, 2018

This week-long training, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, will focus on the role of the arts in healthcare and creative aging, providing theoretical and didactic approaches to implementing and sustaining high-quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving people living with illness and older adults across the aging spectrum. Artists, as well as arts, nursing home and hospital administrators will be given everything they need to create "best practice" arts programming in community and senior centers, hospital, healthcare, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, along with rehabilitation, palliative and hospice settings. Founded in 1994, The Creative Center at University Settlement has been training artists and administrators from across the US since 2002 to replicate our model in a variety of healthcare settings using the unique training program featured in our book, Artists in Residence: The Creative Center’s Approach to Arts in Healthcare.