Creative Fusion Spectacular sponsored by PNC Bank
Nov. 19, 1 – 5 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Celebrate Creative Fusion, meet the artists, and enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks and trolley tours of the mural sites in Ohio City’s Hingetown neighborhood.
Two months before the Creative Fusion Spectacular, on Saturday, September 17, 2016, my wife, Julie, and I attended an art event of The Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion program (@CleveFoundation). There we saw three new Cleveland murals being created as we watched, near Transformer Station (@TransformerStat) in Hingetown (@hingetown).
In our blog post entitled A Weekend of Community Art, Including the 2016 Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival, we shared our photos and video of the murals being created.
Then, when I heard that The Cleveland Foundation had arranged with Ohio City Incorporated (@OhioCityTweets) to have their Creative Fusion Spectacular on Saturday, November 19, 2016, I knew I wanted to attend to take a special tour of the finished neighborhood murals, and see the temporary Creative Fusion Gallery at 2529 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland.
I really enjoyed the tour, and decided to put this blog post together as my way of thanking the organizers, and encouraging others to take the tour.
Take Your Own Tour!
If you missed this special Creative Fusion Spectacular day, you are in luck. You can still do your own tour of the public murals using the map in the PDF booklet. A BIG thank-you to Economic Development and Property Manager Ashley Shaw (@AshleyShaw) for emailing me the Creative Fusion Spectacular program booklet PDF that includes not only the map, but also great information about the artists.
Photos & Video
I recommend viewing these photos and video in full screen mode, and then going to the actual murals and taking your own photos. If you share them online, please let me know so I can take a look! Be sure to watch the video, which shows the largest mural in the state of Ohio.
Tweets & Retweets
Creative Fusion Spectacular today until 5pm at St Johns! Food, drink, music, trolley tours. All free & family friendly! pic.twitter.com/kEgtyIpKuR— Ashley Shaw (@AshleyShaw) November 19, 2016
It may be cold & blustery, but bundle-up and head out to Hingetown to check-out the murals. So worth it. https://t.co/LCrdBMh1O1— In The CLE (@InTheCLE) November 19, 2016
Super fun!! https://t.co/jzArwOJlRU— (((Dan Moulthrop))) (@danmoulthrop) November 19, 2016
Breaking Bad in Ohio City pic.twitter.com/vT6Vm0tmKy— Glen Infante (@GlenInfante) November 19, 2016
'Kings and queens' of Lakeview Terrace reflected on mural wall that for decades has divided residents from Ohio City https://t.co/lE19w9luHH— CLE Public Theatre (@CPTCLE) November 13, 2016
'Kings and queens' of Lakeview Terrace reflected on mural wall that has divided residents from Ohio City https://t.co/eJuhfH4d9J— Rachel Dissell (@RachelDissell) November 13, 2016
Official Description of Hingetown Creative Fusion Public Art Project
As I was finishing this blog post, I decided to include the following official description of the Hingetown Creative Fusion Public Art project, since it does an excellent job of giving background information about the project and its hosts/artists.
By the end of 2016, the Hingetown area in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood will be home to several public-scale visual art pieces, a legacy of a unique collaboration of international and local artists who are spending the next three months living and working together through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program.
Launched in 2008, Creative Fusion is an international artist residency program that has brought more than 70 artists from around the world to Cleveland. This year, the program is evolving to pair a local artist with a visiting international artist at each of the host arts and culture organizations.
The Fall 2016 cohort has been dubbed the Street Art Edition, and has been formed around the theme of public, street-scale art in a concentrated geographic area. The public artworks, which will include photographic and painted murals and structural sculptures, will be centered along the Detroit Avenue Corridor in Ohio City, along sites chosen to maximize the overall impact for the neighborhood.
Six organizations will host an international artist and at least one local artist:
· Cleveland Print Room is hosting local artist Amber Ford and Chilean artist Loreto Greve
· Cleveland Public Theatre is hosting local artists Gary Williams and Robin Robinson and Brazilian artist Ananda Nahu
· Ingenuity Cleveland is hosting local artist Leila Khoury and Mexican artist Luis Ituarte
· Ohio City Incorporated/Hingetown is hosting local artist Glen Infante and British artist David Shillinglaw
· SPACES is hosting local artist Ryan Jaenke and Italian/German artist Michela Picchi
· Transformer Station is hosting local artist Donald Black Jr. and Austrian artist Rainer Prohaska
Thank you to the Hingetown Creative Fusion Public Art host partners:
What Others Say
Here are some articles and other related online resources about the Creative Fusion Spectacular.
Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion murals brighten Ohio City's Hingetown (photos, video)
By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (@steven_litt - @ClevelandDotCom) on November 04, 2016 at 8:05 AM, updated November 04, 2016 at 1:14 PM
Video: Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) describes Donald Black's Creative Fusion mural
'Kings and queens' of Lakeview Terrace reflected on mural wall that for decades has divided residents from Ohio City (photos, videos)
By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer | (@RachelDissell - @ClevelandDotCom) on November 13, 2016 at 5:10 AM, updated November 14, 2016 at 11:33 AM
Video: Cleveland Public Theatre (@CPTCLE) Brick City Theatre Program Director Faye Hargate
Video: Cleveland Public Theatre (@CPTCLE) Brick City Theatre educator Tecia Wilson
The Cleveland Foundation Presents: Creative Fusion, Global Artists with Targeted, Lasting Local Impact
Author: Michael Gill (@murkusmagurkus) - Category: 5(3) Fall 2016 - CAN Journal, Collective Arts Network (@CAN_journal)
Mural of kids brightens wall dividing Cleveland neighborhood
By The Plain Dealer via The Associated Press, The Morning Journal (@MorningJournal), Posted: 11/20/16, 5:40 PM EST
Related Blog Posts
If you have not already done so, please read my A Weekend of Community Art, Including the 2016 Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival blog post.
Also, if you are interested in Cleveland's Hingetown (@Hingetown), be sure to see the "Hingetown Hoedown - Saturday, October 3, 2015" section of my blog post about their inaugural Hingetown Hoedown (@HingetownHoedwn)! I went again in 2016 -- it is Cleveland must-attend event!