I am excited to share with you an update and an invitation to celebrate the opening of the second edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Prem Krishnamurthy, our FRONT 2022 Artistic Director, has assembled a brilliant exhibition sprawling across 30 venues in Northeast Ohio and featuring a dazzling array of over 100 artists, including art stars like Julie Mehretu, Firelei Baez, Renée Green, Yoshitomo Nara, Jacolby Satterwhite.
Anticipation is high, and the press is calling FRONT one of the must-see art events of the year, along with documenta and the Venice Bienalle.
The title of FRONT 2022, Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows is inspired by a couplet by Langston Hughes, . . .
Our preview days are July 14 and 15, and we would be delighted to have you join artists and art lovers from across the country to share a packed calendar of events and programming. . . .
Laura and I would be pleased to have you as our guests for an open house brunch at our home from 10:00 to 12:00 on July 15 and 16. . . .
Of course, FRONT runs through October 2, and we would love to see you any time this Summer. I would love to hear your thoughts and impressions.
With warm regards,
I am grateful that Fred Bidwell emailed me an invitation to attend the 2022 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022) preview events. It was great to learn more about, and get an advanced look at some of the venues before “Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows” opened to the public on July 16, 2022. It runs through October 2, 2022.
As background, I put together both "Preview Exhibition" and "Personal Prequel" blog posts, which cover my interests and activities relating to FRONT International between the 2018 events and the start of the 2022:
Blog Date: October 14, 2021 - FRONT 2022 Preview Exhibition: Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools
Blog Date: July 13, 2022 - Personal Prequel: 2022 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Please retweet the following two tweets, since they contain links to blog posts that give background to the current FRONT exhibitions.
Blog Post: "Personal Prequel: 2022 FRONT International: #Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary #Art"https://t.co/ZiaH5DtzEZ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
My "Personal Prequel" post covers my interests as related to @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022
I have many people/organizations to thank for interesting info. pic.twitter.com/IwzpUBCfqm
Blog Post: "FRONT 2022 Preview Exhibition: Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools"https://t.co/4556hUxaSC— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 15, 2021
This blog post shares what I saw at the #FrontArt2022 preview party at @TransformerStat.
Thanks to @FrontTriennial sponsors for making this possible!!! https://t.co/LAeWm96V5u pic.twitter.com/6e4C5p29ek
The scope of this second FRONT International is so large that the preview barely gave a nibble of the full banquet of northeast Ohio art that is now available for exploration. As I prepared this blog post, I learned more and more, but also realized that there still is much more to learn. In 2018, my wife and co-blogger, Julie, enjoyed visiting and blogging about many of the venues we visited, and we look forward to exploring the new art at the 2022 venues.
This blog post includes both the two days of preview events and the kickoff block party, plus additional information:
Thursday, July 14, 2022 -
* FRONT Press Conference - Cleveland Museum of Art- Provenance Café and Importance of Accessibility to FRONT Venues
- FRONT Web Resources
- Inaugural FRONT Art Futures Fellows
Friday, July 15, 2022 -
* Director’s Open House Brunch Presented by J.P. Morgan Private Bank - Fred & Laura Bidwell Home
* Remembering Tamir Rice
* Friday, July 15, 2022 - Picnic Lunch - University Circle
* CIA Sparkling Toast Exhibition Preview - Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery
* FRONT VIP Preview Party - moCa Cleveland (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland)
* CWRU Mandel School & Western Reserve Historical Society Grand Carousel
Saturday, July 16, 2022 -
* FRONT Block Party - Cleveland Public Square, Gund Foundation Green
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - FRONT Press Conference - The Cleveland Museum of Art
FRONT Press Conference
July 14, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | The Cleveland Museum of Art
FRONT International welcomes members of the press to Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, on view at 30+ sites across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin from July 16 through October 2, 2022.
Looking forward to launching FRONT 2022 at 11 am this morning at Cleveland Museum of Art. Join us. All are welcome to "Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows". pic.twitter.com/oSMFkRWyf3— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) July 14, 2022
I am attending the FRONT Press Conference at the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art.https://t.co/UmcSQEwe18— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
I’m excited to be at @ClevelandArt to learn the details of this 2nd @FrontTriennial.#FrontArt2022!
I enjoyed attending the 1st @FrontTriennial in 2018! https://t.co/ZcPIUhPhsA pic.twitter.com/UU6Qz7Amjj
Hear from @FredBidwell how the #museums in Cleveland work together to bring #art to #Cleveland.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
Great kick off for @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 today. An international art event. https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/n7mQb3TrHm
. @FredBidwell introduces @FrontTriennial Artistic Director Prem Krishnamurthy.https://t.co/KjgilTZSEs— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
Talks about #Cleveland history. The challenges & healing organizations.@FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 Press Conference at @ClevelandArt.https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/aykaOuNLlJ
.@FrontTriennial Artistic Director Prem Krishnamurthy talks about #Cleveland and #Akron #museums venues for this international show. @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 Press Conference at @ClevelandArt.https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/xlrIoGcOvg— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
Excellent introduction ?@ClevelandArt? to ?@FrontTriennial? today by ?@wechselmann? ?@fredbidwell? and others. Time to see the show! ?@moCaCleveland? ?@AkronArtMuseum? ?@AllenArtMuseum? and other venues pic.twitter.com/PGHfcbzfrs— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 14, 2022
A few more photos. pic.twitter.com/rRsBgEobPQ— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) July 14, 2022
Provenance Café and Importance of Accessibility to FRONT Venues
I was glad to be able to have both my wife and my dad join me for the FRONT Press Conference and lunch at the museum's Provenance Café. My dad enjoyed the excitement of the press conference, and I hope to visit some of the FRONT International venues with him.
Here are links with information about the dining experience at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Provenance Café at the Cleveland Museum of Art
My dad has recently moved up to the Cleveland area so that my sister and I can look after his care. If you follow me on Twitter, you will see that I often take him to the Cleveland Museum of Art and other museums and local parks. It is great how all the museums and also the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Boston Mill Visitor Center provide wheelchairs. Here is the FRONT International Accessibility Statement, which will have a positive impact as I take my dad to visit the venues:
FRONT welcomes visitors of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, genders, races, and religions and is committed to providing opportunities for meaningful inclusion.
The FRONT PNC Exhibition Hub at Transformer Station meets and exceeds ADA requirements, offering accessible parking, ramp access, ADA accessible restrooms, and an elevator to the second floor visitors lounge. Accommodations available upon request; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRONT is proud to be part of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities ALL means ALL initiative to highlight its commitment to inclusion and accessibility.
I took my dad to @ClevelandArt today so he could see the @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 Press Conference & have a @ProvenanceAtCMA Café lunch in the beautiful atrium at the #museum.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
I had an enjoyable time together with my dad.https://t.co/cLWEgRHQrAhttps://t.co/D4VDRNGeCu pic.twitter.com/HfhXItXUZw
FRONT Web Resources
At the Thursday, July 14, 2022, FRONT Press Conference, both FRONT International and the Cleveland Museum of Art provided press releases. Even the slideshow presentation shown at the press conference was made available via a QR code. Here are links to just some of the resources available about FRONT International 2022:
I’m ending my day reading press releases from @FrontTriennial and @ClevelandArt that I received at today’s press conference.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
U can find online:
Slides: https://t.co/RYwT7fJmTL pic.twitter.com/tNWXFk9jGC
Inaugural FRONT Art Futures Fellows
FRONT Art Futures Fellows
Congratulations To Our Inaugural Art Futures Fellows: Amanda King, Antwoine Washington, Charmaine Spencer, And Erykah Townsend!
Watch this short video highlighting the inaugural fellows . . . Video by The Dark Room Co.
The four FRONT Art Futures Fellows were officially introduced at the Thursday, July 14, 2022, FRONT Press Conference.
Learn more about these first-time FRONT Fellowships in the following:
FRONT Art Futures Fellows
FRONT Triennial announces first four winners of prestigious new fellowship aimed at uplifting NEO artists of color
Updated: Jul. 15, 2022, 10:34 a.m.|Published: Jul. 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. By Steven Litt, cleveland.com
FRONT 2022 contemporary art triennial commences around Northeast Ohio
Jul 15, 2022, Updated Jul 15, 2022, by AMANDA KOEHN
I know one of the inaugural FRONT Art Futures Fellows from her work in our community -- Amanda King. If you do a search on my website for Amanda King's Twitter name "@Just_AmandaKing," you will find that she is mentioned in eight of my blog posts. To learn see these six blog posts where her work is featured:
Blog Date: September 8, 2021 - My Cleveland Week: Cleveland Foundation > MidTown Murals > USS Cod Party > Irishtown Bend Hike > One World Day
See the "CLEVELAND WALLS! International Mural Program" section of the blog post.
Blog Date: October 18, 2019 - IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes
Blog Date: October 11, 2017 - Metamorphosis: IngenuityFest Cleveland 2017
Amanda King is mentioned in these two blog posts, since she had an art installation at these IngenuityFests
Blog Date: September 13, 2017 - PechaKucha Night Cleveland Rocks!! A Night Featuring Creatives at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
See the "Volume 31 - Presenters" section of the blog post.
Not only is there information about Amanda King, but it was at this PechaKucha Night that Fred Bidwell announced the inaugural 2018 FRONT International.
- Blog Date: October 3, 2018 - FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - Ohio City
See the "FRONT International Triennial - SPACES" section of the blog post.
Blog Date: November 17, 2016 - For Freedoms: MOCA Cleveland Town Hall Discussion
See video in this blog post that featured Amanda King as a member of the Town Hall panel.
Congratulations to Amanda King for being one of the four FRONT Fellows. I look forward to see more of her creative work, and learning about the other artists that earned the 2022 FRONT Art Futures Fellowship.
The @CleveFoundation is supporting “Front Art Futures Fellowship”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 14, 2022
See @steven_litt article: https://t.co/0l1bbOOQP0
Glad to hear @just_amandaking is being honored since I’ve enjoyed her #art work at @spacescle & @MidTownCleInc. @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 #ThisIsCLE https://t.co/ynd74FkFzD pic.twitter.com/EKBZBqUWak
Interesting @CleveJN article with some great quotes from @fredbidwell about @FrontTriennial. https://t.co/RRR9SFnDtY— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
Announce @CleveFoundation #Cleveland #Art Futures Fellowships.@AmandaKoehnCJN, GREAT job capturing details from yesterday’s #FrontArt2022 press conference. https://t.co/iogVqN1pTZ pic.twitter.com/gvOxnH1Tbz
I LOVE these winners!! pic.twitter.com/xZguhLN4Ly— Laura McShane, MLIS, MLA (@LauraMcShaneCLE) July 14, 2022
The @FrontTriennial kicked off July 14, aiming to draw attention from near and far to Northeast Ohio’s historic struggles and efforts toward change, as well as the area’s thriving arts scene. https://t.co/2FpA12qAbk#FRONTART2022 #OhGodsOfDustAndRainbows— akronjnews (@akronjnews) July 15, 2022
Much congratulations to Charmaine, Antwoine, Amanda and Erykah! -- @FRONT Triennial announces first four winners of prestigious new fellowship aimed at uplifting NEO artists of color https://t.co/Lzra6QG9wR pic.twitter.com/y8ZBhp5bRa— Assembly for the Arts (@assemblycle) July 14, 2022
the Art Futures Fellowship, which includes $25,000 for each winner, a berth in the 2025 triennial, plus travel opportunities and entrée to art world elites locally and nationally https://t.co/kVuXs6WTy0— Angela Joy Oster (@osterjoy) July 15, 2022
Thank you! https://t.co/iTdT2dwFwy— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) July 14, 2022
We're proud to support the work of these talented artists! https://t.co/Z169CO3Vly— Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation) July 14, 2022
The @fronttriennial kicked off July 14, aiming to draw attention from near and far to Northeast Ohio’s historic struggles and efforts toward change, as well as the area’s thriving arts scene. #FRONTART2022 #OhGodsOfDustAndRainbows https://t.co/cotfgHa2CT— Amanda Koehn (@AmandaKoehnCJN) July 15, 2022
On Thursday, FRONT announced the winners of a new three-year career-building fellowship for Northeast Ohio artists of color, a program conceived specifically as a response to such inequities. Read the full article here: https://t.co/uMx3LqHh8E pic.twitter.com/8sxu25uPIX— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 17, 2022
Congratulations to CIA alum Charmaine Spencer '05 and Erykah Townsend '20 on being named recipients of the Front Triennial Art Futures Fellowships!— Cleveland Institute of Art (@CleInstituteArt) July 18, 2022
Read more about the winners and this new fellowship: https://t.co/pfX83TmRou#CIAAlumniCreate #FrontArtFuturesFellowship
Friday, July 15, 2022 - Director’s Open House Brunch Presented by J.P. Morgan Private Bank - Fred & Laura Bidwell Home
FRONT Director's Open House Brunch presented by J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Please join FRONT Executive Director Fred Bidwell for an exclusive brunch at his residence, . . .
Thank you, Fred and Laura Bidwell, for opening your home to kick off FRONT International 2022.
In addition to talking to both Fred Bidwell and Laura Bidwell at the brunch, I met a local artist as well as a staff person from SPACES Gallery. I enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with creative people at this event.
This is the second time I have been to a FRONT International event in the Bidwell's home. Read about the 2019 evening in my blog post:
- Blog Date: July 13, 2022 - Personal Prequel: 2022 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
See the "March 25, 2019 - An Evening with FRONT . . . Artistic Directors, Prem Krishnamurthy and Tina Kukielski" section of the blog post.
Thank you @fredbidwell and Laura Bidwell for opening your home for today’s #FrontArt2022 Director’s Open House Brunch presented by @jpmorgan— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
I remember enjoying visiting your home in March 2019 for a @FrontTriennial Artistic Director reception https://t.co/ZiaH5DtzEZ#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/2TA2cDA4tg
.@fredbidwell, I appreciate you opening your home for the #FrontArt2022 Director’s Open House Brunch presented by @jpmorgan.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
I enjoy seeing your collection of #artwork.
Excited by @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 international art starting this weekend.https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO pic.twitter.com/q823iDJgXP
.@fredbidwell, it was good talking to you about @FrontTriennial.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
I did also have the opportunity to thank Laura Bidwell & tell her I enjoyed visiting your home.
I hope to talk more today at preview activities & when #FrontArt2022 venues open 7/16 - 10/2https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO pic.twitter.com/WLSjHuNtxp
Always a pleasure!— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) July 18, 2022
Remembering Tamir Rice
In addition to seeing a box painted in remembrance of Tamir Rice in front of Spaces Gallery in the morning, when I ended my day in UpTown Cleveland at moCa Cleveland, I saw another one honoring him there as well.
Remembering #TamirRice in front of #Cleveland’s @SpacesCLE #Art Gallery!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
I didn’t confirm, but believe this box was set up by Tamir Rice Foundation to donate art supplies for #CuyahogaCounty Detention Center youth & Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center.https://t.co/vZHY1kdI7f https://t.co/17E8acVzHD pic.twitter.com/ya10Mx15IT
Friday, July 15, 2022 - Picnic Lunch - University Circle
My wife and co-blogger, Julie, volunteers at the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel at the Cleveland History Center, so I joined her at the museum during her break for a picnic lunch in the beautiful park setting of University Circle. (Click here to read my many blog posts about University Circle.)
Between @FrontTriennial preview events happening today, I enjoyed the beautiful #Cleveland weather in a #CLE park— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
Relaxing day reading tweets & eating @InTheCircle street vendor hot dogs
Check out my photo of a squirrel laying on top of a bench behind @CleStartsHere pic.twitter.com/njYcUAY5rx
Friday, July 15, 2022 - CIA Sparkling Toast Exhibition Preview - Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery
CIA SPARKLING TOAST EXHIBITION PREVIEW
July 15, 2022 | 4 pm — 5 pm
Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery
11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Please join us to be among the first to preview the Cleveland Institute of Art’s four unique solo exhibitions by noteworthy artists — Jacolby Satterwhite, Dexter Davis, Loraine Lynn and Alexandra Noël — as a part of Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the 2022 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.
Attendees can celebrate the start of the FRONT Triennial by sipping on sparkling wine and enjoying exhibitions in Reinberger Gallery, the Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Student Lounge and the Donna and Stewart Kohl Corridor. . . .
CIA visitors are then encouraged to attend the exhibition preview party at moCa Cleveland, where Renée Green’s Contact will debut from 5:30 to 8pm.
Time for “CIA Sparkling Toast FRONT Exhibition Preview!”@CleInstituteArt 4 solo exhibitions by #artists: Jacolby Satterwhite, Dexter Davis, Loraine Lynn and Alexandra Noël, as a part of “Oh, Gods of Dust & Rainbows” the @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022. https://t.co/tiyo30IrGM pic.twitter.com/tROoWhW4oX— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
“CIA Sparkling Toast FRONT Exhibition Preview!”@CleInstituteArt 4 solo exhibitions by #artists: Jacolby Satterwhite, Dexter Davis, Loraine Lynn and Alexandra Noël, as a part of “Oh, Gods of Dust & Rainbows” @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022. https://t.co/tiyo30IrGM#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/eGisYx43Aq— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
Thank you, @CleInstituteArt, for the tasty treats at your “Sparkling Toast FRONT Exhibition Preview!”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
Fun time in @UptownCle for preview day for @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022. https://t.co/tiyo30IrGMhttps://t.co/gViuIDjQxO #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/Q4CW0MUtmY
Thank you to Cleveland Institute of Art President and CEO Kathryn Heidemann for hosting this FRONT International kickoff preview, and taking time to tell me about the exhibition.
It was great to meet @CleInstituteArt President + CEO Kathryn Heidemann at the “Sparkling Toast FRONT Exhibition Preview”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
We talk about @CleInstituteArt involvement with @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022. https://t.co/tiyo30IrGMhttps://t.co/gViuIDjQxO #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/OUlZlaWQVj
Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows
FRONT International 2022: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
In partnership with FRONT International, the Cleveland Institute of Art will mount four unique solo exhibition projects by noteworthy artists—Jacolby Satterwhite, Dexter Davis, Loraine Lynn and Alexandra Noel—as a part of Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the 2022 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. . . . Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows will be on view from July 16 to October 2 at venues across Northeast Ohio.
As I entered the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) building, I heard someone call out "Stuart, is that you?" The voice I heard was that of CIA Director of College Communications and External Relations Mike Butz, who I follow on Twitter. It was great to talk to him in person about a tour I took of the CIA video lab many years ago with members of the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group, and about the current FRONT International exhibition.
In addition to FRONT International, Mike Butz told me about the current CAN Triennial: You Are Here (https://CANtriennial.org/) exhibition, which is happening at several Cleveland area venues, including the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). Be sure to follow @CleInstituteArt on Twitter to watch for details about a special CIA reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 29, 2022. This reception will precede the PechaKucha Night Cleveland at moCa Cleveland. Since I greatly enjoy both Cleveland and Akron PechaKucha Nights, I have written 14 blog posts about them (click here to view), and in 2016, I was asked to do a special PechaKucha talk to past PechaKucha Night Cleveland presenters.
Here are the details about the reception, followed by tweets about both the CIA reception and PechaKucha Night Cleveland that I would encourage you to share with others by retweeting:
You Are Here: The Way We Transcend
CAN Triennial 2022: You Are Here
CAN Triennial 2022: You Are Here is a multi-venue exhibition organized in collaboration with an intergenerational, diverse team of curators from a range of institutional affiliations.
The University Circle portion of the CAN Triennial explores You Are Here as seen through the lens of identity, environment and journey. In other words, it is about who we are, how place impacts our sense of self, and how where we are is a function of how we got here.
You Are Here: The Way We Transcend will be on view from July 8 through August 31 in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery. A reception will be held from 6 to 8pm Friday, July 29, and the exhibition will feature work by Cathie Bleck, Melissa English Campbell, Jill Yanik Eisert, Robin Haller and Seneca Kuchar. Eisert and Kuchar are 2008 and 2021 CIA alumni, respectively. . . . Also on view in University Circle will be You Are Here: Understanding the Space We Fill at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and You Are Here: Look How Far We’ve Come at The Sculpture Center.
Great to talk to @CleInstituteArt Dir College Communications @MikeButz.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
He told me that in addition to @FrontTriennial https://t.co/n4vAEMraRR that students + alumni are involved with @CAN_journal CAN Triennial 2022: You Are Here?? https://t.co/NiDesWiu8R
He gave me CAN book pic.twitter.com/fUZlDlaTFY
Stuart, it was great chatting with you! Glad you enjoyed your visit to @CleInstituteArt for our outstanding @FrontTriennial exhibitions and look forward to seeing you again soon for @CAN_journal’s triennial reception at CIA on July 29!— Mike Butz (@mikebutz) July 16, 2022
Thanks @MikeButz for telling me last night at the @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 Preview at @CleInstituteArt about the @CAN_journal Triennial Reception at @InTheCircle #art venues July 29th https://t.co/pUMiW0uipk@mchristoff told me July 29th is also @PKNCLE at @moCaCleveland! https://t.co/WYx8BniHO0 pic.twitter.com/VlNz5431dP— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
.@MikeButz, my wife & I always enjoy #Cleveland @PKNCLE & #Akron @PKAkron! https://t.co/1sPWiSAc7G— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
In 2016, @mchristoff knew of my love of #PechaKucha & asked me to present at a special Past PKN #CLE Presenters gathering. https://t.co/FPq202RHJr@AmyViny took this photo of me. pic.twitter.com/yvuuSqTene
As I was looking for some information for this blog post about CIA Director of College Communications and External Relations Mike Butz, I found an article that he wrote about the recent passing of Toby Devan Lewis. Since she was a well known supporter of contemporary art in Northeast Ohio, I thought it was appropriate to include tributes to her work. Whenever I walk through Toby's Plaza on my way to moCa Cleveland, I remember how she helped me many years ago with a fundraising event featuring artwork from Progressive Corporation. I had not heard about her April 29, 2022, passing, since I was on a backpacking trip on the Continental Divide Trail when @CleInstituteArt shared on Twitter about her lifelong contribution to our local art community.
My wife and I wrote about Toby Devan Lewis's support of both moCa Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art in our University Tour blog post:
- Blog Date: November 9, 2016 - CircleTrek Walking Tour of Cleveland's University Circle
.@MikeButz, interested to read @CleInstituteArt 5/03/22 announcement you wrote about the passing of Toby Lewishttps://t.co/uy8uc3GpSd— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 23, 2022
A very long time ago, she helped me with a fundraising dinner where we featured display of @Progressive's art collection regarding drunk driving pic.twitter.com/UHsbBVLwCW
@MikeButz @CleInstituteArt, I used to go to NE #Ohio Chapter #Usability Professionals @UXPACLE meetings at @Progressive (I also toured their impressive usability lab) & while there I would enjoy their contemporary art collectionhttps://t.co/qoQ2y7isSi— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 23, 2022
My dad knew Peter Lewis pic.twitter.com/IaBmGoAdXk
Toby Devan Lewis Obituary,— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 23, 2022
1934-2022, Cleveland Heights, OHhttps://t.co/pRyBWd828y
She was such an important figure in the community, dedicated and passionate in her advocacy. Her loss will reverberate for years to come, but so too will all the wonderful things she contributed.— Mike Butz (@mikebutz) July 23, 2022
ICYMI: CIA President + CEO Grafton Nunes reflected on Toby Lewis’ tremendous impact on artists, the arts community and CIA during an interview with ideastream Arts.— Cleveland Institute of Art (@CleInstituteArt) May 7, 2022
Read the full story below! https://t.co/28gZh0xRrC#ClevelandInstituteofArt #TobyDevanLewis
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Toby Devan Lewis, an international patron to the arts and a wonderful friend to the Cleveland Institute of Art.— Cleveland Institute of Art (@CleInstituteArt) May 3, 2022
Read the full letter from President + CEO, Grafton Nunes: https://t.co/92uxPv9fzR pic.twitter.com/CkYfjoYV9w
Friday, July 15, 2022 - FRONT VIP Preview Party - moCa Cleveland (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland)
FRONT VIP Preview Party
by Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Celebrate the opening of FRONT International 2022 and experience the full museum exhibition by Renée Green at moCa.
About this event
Join artists, art lovers, and international guests for an evening of connection and celebration at moCa Cleveland for the preview party kicking off Cleveland’s Triennial for Contemporary Art.
Drinks & Light Appetizers
Valet Parking Available
For questions about the event, please contact moCa's Development Director Xinxin Guo at 216.658.6918 . . .
. . . Renée Green’s exhibition Contact is presented in partnership with FRONT International 2022’s second iteration, Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. . . .
FREE daily admission supported in part by the Connor Foundation and the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation.
I’m attending FRONT #VIP Preview Party by #Museum of Contemporary #Art #Cleveland@moCaCleveland is hosting @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 through support of @GundFoundation, @OhioArtsCouncil, @PNCBank, and #CuyahogaCounty public grant from @CuyahogaArtshttps://t.co/qNzXozdRxx pic.twitter.com/t55mYqd5vo— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
. . . designed to inspire dialog centered on creativity. It does so while reflecting a cosmopolitan area of Cleveland and those who bring it to life.
moCa's physical structure is nearly 34,000-square-foot . . .
The four-story building, which anchors the Uptown district, rises 60 feet from a hexagonal base to a square top, where the primary exhibition space is situated. All four floors contain areas for either exhibitions or public programs.
. . . On the top floor, the 6,000-square-foot gallery space has no fixed dividing walls, allowing for various configurations. This floor also contains a gallery designed for new media work and the Dick and Doreen Cahoon Lounge, which overlooks Toby's Plaza and Uptown.
After a quick walk through all the exhibitions in this unique four-story building, I joined others for appetizers and drinks outside in Toby's Plaza. I plan to come back with Julie and take the time to truly look at all the exhibitions. Tonight, I just wanted to get a sample taste -- meeting people was the priority of the evening.
I joined others in conversation at a stand-up table, and somehow found myself joining with family members and friends of Renée Green, who were celebrating her success this evening. It was fun hearing how proud they were of her creative work that encompasses the entire gallery space at moCa Cleveland!
Renée Green soon joined us at the table, and later, after her presentation to the attendees, I talked to her and took her photo.
Renée Green: Contact
. . . For FRONT 2022, Cleveland-born artist Renée Green has conceived Contact, her first major exhibition in the city, which occupies all of moCa Cleveland’s public spaces and radiates out into the city with workshops and film screenings.
A contrapuntal exhibition, Contact weaves together Green’s own works–some newly commissioned by FRONT 2022–with a vast array of invited participants with whom she’s been in conversation through the years. . . . In addition to Green, Contact features the art, thinking, and voices of a diverse ensemble of artists and practitioners, including John Akomfrah, Marcel Broodthaers, Cinematic Migrations Workshop, Free Agent Media, Laura Serejo Genes, Lina Gopaul, Derrick Green, Index Literacy Program, Gabriel Kahan, David Lawson, New Humans, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Suneil Sanzgiri, Sense LA, Smoking Dogs Films, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Ian Soroka, Mika Tajima, and Pedro Zylbersztajn.
While at the reception, I also met Dennis Barrie, PhD, who is the Vice President of Experience Design at the Western Reserve Historical Society. I told him how my wife, Julie, and son, Kevin, were on the board of Euclid Beach Now, and thus were very active with the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel at his museum. Kevin is displaying his huge, vintage, amusement park memorabilia collection at the museum's Euclid Beach Days on July 23 and 24, 2022. (Click here to read my many blog posts about Euclid Beach Park.)
At the FRONT #VIP Preview Party by #Museum of Contemporary #Art #Cleveland we hear from @moCaCleveland Exec Dir Megan Lykins Reich.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
I met Renée Green and some of her family tonight.https://t.co/qNzXozdRxx@FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022. https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/5cXv36Mlqk
I was approached by moCa Development Director Xinxin Guo near the end of the evening, and enjoyed a long talk about her work at the museum. We talked about how we have both used Raiser’s Edge fundraising software, and I told her about Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend 2022. (Click here to see my Cleveland GiveCamp blog posts and visit https://ClevelandGiveCamp.org/ to learn more about this opportunity for local nonprofits to receive FREE tech solutions.)
Xinxin offered to get me a copy of the still-in-development FRONT International booklet for the moCa Cleveland venue. The booklet will provide more details about the work of artist Renée Green, which now fills the museum.
At @FrontTriennial preview, @moCaCleveland dir of development introduced herself & offered to get me new FRONT booklet for MOCA. It is great when #museum staff are so helpful— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Enjoyed talking with her about @Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge & @CleGiveCamp providing FREE tech to nonprofits https://t.co/oixVLxnIFh pic.twitter.com/AOF1l0nO5D
I ended the my evening at the FRONT VIP Preview Party by meeting moCa Cleveland Executive Director Megan Lykins Reich, and thanking her for the enjoyable event.
Thank you, @moCaCleveland, for the food & fun at your “FRONT #VIP Preview Party” for #Cleveland’s @FrontTriennial.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 15, 2022
I look forward to returning to your #museum to take more time to explore the #FrontArt2022 exhibitions.https://t.co/qNzXozdRxxhttps://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/En1kcZ0d9u
In addition to thanking Megan Lykins Reich, I also thanked the moCa Cleveland staff who were running the greeting and registration table as I left the building, and asked them about returning with my dad. I have been thinking for a while about bringing my dad to moCa Cleveland, but I was concerned that he would not be able to walk the distance from the parking area. The moCa Cleveland staff I talked to were extremely helpful in offering suggestions on how they would be willing to work with me. While writing this blog post, I called and confirmed that they do provide wheelchairs that visitors can use at no charge.
On June 7th, I gave a shout-out to @ClevelandArt for how their staff deserve extra praise— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 23, 2022
Today, I want to give a shout-out to @moCaCleveland staff I met at @FrontTriennial Preview Party: https://t.co/bytwzI8SLb
Very proactive & eager to help regarding my accessibility question https://t.co/GTpeUMBRlU pic.twitter.com/imdOrXNmhv
I also called @moCaCleveland today & confirmed that they do provide FREE use of wheelchairs for visitors to their art museum.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 23, 2022
A very helpful person is available by phone at 216.421.8671 Thur-Sun 11AM-5PM, if you have questions about visiting the museum.https://t.co/lvxTdismM9 pic.twitter.com/Jfc6hzngMs
That's good to know.— Deborah Edwards-Oñoro (@redcrew) July 23, 2022
Yes, @redcrew, it is good to know now that I have my dad in Cleveland.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 23, 2022
In addition to @InTheCircle's @ClevelandArt & @moCaCleveland, I have be fortunate to be able to use free wheelchairs at @goCMNH and @CVNPNPS Visitor Center https://t.co/I3IFjXLzvFhttps://t.co/XhX8wTPvjF
Making the Museum accessible to all helps us live out our mission to inspire a passion for nature and promote a better tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!— Cleveland Museum of Natural History (@goCMNH) July 25, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022 - Walking by CWRU Mandel School & Western Reserve Historical Society Grand Carousel
‘The Homeless’ sculpture finds a home at Mandel School
OCTOBER 16, 2018 FEATURED UNIVERSITY NEWS
Late contemporary artist George Segal’s piece to serve as reminder of social work school’s commitment to build a more just world
. . . The bronze statue was erected and unveiled at the entrance of the university’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences . . .
Driving or walking by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences building many times, I have seen "The Homeless" sculpture, but I have never stopped to look at it closely. After a day of FRONT International art, it seemed appropriate this evening to stop, look closer, and read the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) article about the sculpture: https://thedaily.case.edu/homeless-sculpture-finds-home-mandel-school/
When visiting the Case Western Reserve University campus, you can see the 'The Homeless' #sculpture in front of the @MandelSchool building.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
You can learn more about 'The Homeless' sculpture on the @CWRU website here: https://t.co/i1B1vaatLv pic.twitter.com/cF30uRac8l
The CWRU Mandel School is known for their top master's degree in social work program, but did you know that in 2019 they celebrated 30 years of offering a masters degree in nonprofit management? Learn more from my blog post from when I attended the September 27, 2019, CWRU Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) Accreditation Celebration and Scholarship Launch:
- Blog Date: October 18, 2019 - A Celebration! Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) Accreditation!
The last photo I took on the evening of July 15, 2022, was when I passed by Cleveland's Grand Carousel from Euclid Beach Park, which closed in 1969.
Of all my many blog posts about Euclid Beach Park, I recommend reading the following since it gives an overview of the park's history, my wife's and son's involvement with preserving its memory, and the current use of the park:
- Blog Date: October 21, 2019 - Celebrating 50 Years of Fond Memories of Euclid Beach Park
While walking in @InTheCircle, be sure to see #EuclidBeachPark Grand #Carousel at Western Reserve #Historical Society @CleStartsHere??https://t.co/QsnF0Qb2nY— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
The original site of this famous #Cleveland amusement park is now @CleveMetroparks #EuclidBeach.https://t.co/ka4aAoljpo pic.twitter.com/fta1PbCi22
#EuclidBeachPark Days at @CleStartsHere.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 10, 2022
July 23 & 24https://t.co/oLwGQ4bXp8
Unlimited Grand Carousel rides, entertainment, “midway” games
Euclid Beach Park nostalgia along with other #AmusementParks: #PuritasPark, #MemphisKiddiePark, #GeaugaLake#NEOHistory#CleStartsHere pic.twitter.com/af0eJnTjW9
I will be displaying my collection of Northeast Ohio vintage amusement park memorabilia at this event at @CleStartsHere! Stop by and see all of the event’s exhibits, which of course includes the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel! https://t.co/CqmA1LdSaq— Kevin F. Smith (@kefrith) July 10, 2022
A week ago, after @FrontTriennial Preview Day, I recommended riding #Cleveland’s Grand #Carousel!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 24, 2022
Today, I am at @InTheCircle to #volunteer with @kefrith at @CleStartsHere’s #EuclidBeachPark Days.
I see @WEWS’s @JonRudder riding carousel with @EuclidBeachBoys John Frato. https://t.co/Gdfj0g3LoM pic.twitter.com/kJNiJfSqx6
Saturday, July 16, 2022 - FRONT Block Party - Cleveland Public Square, Gund Foundation Green
The FRONT Block Party on Cleveland Public Square will officially kick-off FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, a free summer-long, region wide festival of contemporary art from Northeast Ohio and around the world.
Hosted by DJ Red-I and featuring performances by Free Black, Sadhu Sounds, Hello!3D, Da Land Brass Band, Blakk Jakk Dance Collective, Mellow Man Funk, The Katy Band, and a very special finale performance led by FRONT artist Asad Raza at nearby Old Stone Church. Vendors and partners on site to include Sankofa Fine Art Plus, Lake Erie Ink, Art Therapy Studio, Bike Cleveland, CAN Triennial, Splice Cream Truck, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art's Studio Go mobile art studio, FRONT, and a variety of food trucks.
Free and Open to All – No Registration needed
Schedule of Performance
2:00 PM The Katy Band
2:30 PM Free Black!
3:10 PM Blakk Jakk Dance Collective
3:20 PM DJ Red-I + Mellowman Funk
4:00 PM Sadhu Sounds
4:40 PM Hello!3D
5:20 PM Da Land Brass Band Procession to Old Stone Church
6:00 PM Asad Raza: Delegation Performance at Old Stone Church (across the street)
Tweets from before the FRONT International Block Party and about the Cleveland Public Square summer installations:
Add the FRONT Block Party to your calendar: Saturday, July 16 from 2–6pm! Hosted by DJ Red-I and featuring performances by Free Black, Sadhu Sounds, Hello!3D, Da Land Brass Band, Blakk Jakk Dance Collective, Mellow Man Funk, The Katy Band,. Free and Open to All @FrontTriennial pic.twitter.com/9PqUAAg0ZL— Jakk Jakk (@jakkz89) July 8, 2022
@jakkz89, I remember meeting you at the @FrontTriennial booth at @Cleveland_PL’s #CLEMakerFaire in @GLScienceCtrhttps://t.co/g6TWLcGziRhttps://t.co/P1GintIk4j— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2022
Good to see that your Blakk Jakk Dance Collective will be at #FrontArt2022 FREE block party on @CLEPublicSquare https://t.co/nEvWWMptLi
@CLEPublicSquare, I am looking forward to today’s @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block Party at the @GundFoundation Green in @CityofCleveland Public Square.https://t.co/C6JT1gdMje@jakkz89 told me that Blakk Jakk Dance Collective is performing.https://t.co/9BzpiR6LhJ pic.twitter.com/fAUa6rquil— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
It’s done! Our new #Cleveland Flower Wall is here.— CLE Public Square (@CLEPublicSquare) July 13, 2022
Come take a summer selfie.
We used 5000+ flowers.
It reads “Cleveland” in front & “Summer In The Land” on back.
Tag us @clepublicsquare pic.twitter.com/zD5o2IikLB
Saturday, join us for the Front Art Kick-Off Party! This celebration of modern art happens once every 3 years. Enjoy art, dance, food trucks & more. 2-6pm on the Gund Foundation Green in Public Square.— CLE Public Square (@CLEPublicSquare) July 13, 2022
Details: @fronttriennial #frontart2022 pic.twitter.com/wwrC7wLbVH
Just in time for the @fronttriennial kick-off party in Public Square, our CLE sculpture is back!— CLE Public Square (@CLEPublicSquare) July 15, 2022
Make sure to stop by this Saturday and take a selfie to show your CLE pride!
@davecriderdesigns you rock! pic.twitter.com/5aJXFppzvd
Itinerary:— Joyce 潘敏 (@jopanese) July 16, 2022
12-1pm @FrontTriennial carillon
12-6pm @TowerCityCLE @CVNPNPS park opening
2-6pm @FrontTriennial @CLEPublicSquare Block Party w @djredibeats - don’t miss
5-9pm Leo’s Casino E.75th
6-7pm @FrontTriennial Asad Raza “Delegation” https://t.co/3nZNcha1yx
You may have noticed something on the Oval recently...— University Circle (@inthecircle) July 16, 2022
FRONT 2022: "Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows" opens today, with numerous exhibitions taking place here in University Circle. @FrontTriennial
Learn more: https://t.co/bkBY0wnIpS pic.twitter.com/9AccJkdEKk
Seeing Steven Litt's tweet about the FRONT International Isamu Noguchi, “Portal,” at The Justice Center venue, I was wishing I could be in two places at once, so I could see Djapo Cultural Arts traditional African dance and music! So much is always happening in Cleveland!
I have enjoyed Djapo Cultural Arts dance show several times -- their performances are excellent! If you search for their "@djapoarts" Twitter name, you will see them mentioned in four of my blog posts. Djapo Cultural Arts is featured in:
Blog Date: June 10, 2018 - From African Dance to Bluegrass Music
MIX at CMA - So joyful and exuberant!!!
Hey Cleveland: C’mon down to the Noguchi Portal to see the @FrontTriennial performance with Joe Namy and @djapoarts @fredbidwell @wechselmann @DowntownCLE @dtCLEresidents pic.twitter.com/4Xa07TFB6T— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 16, 2022
As I arrived at the FRONT International Block Party, I loved the special installations that the Cleveland Public Square has created for the summer, and the splash fountain in the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza.
“This is @TheCLE!!”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Lots of fun watching kids play in the splash fountain in the @CleveFoundation Centennial Plaza in #Cleveland’s @CLEPublicSquare.?? ??https://t.co/SBRFyOF5hW
I am here for @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party!??https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE https://t.co/jIoT52HAOF pic.twitter.com/SOZKskT0Ye
Blakk Jakk Dance Collective, Founded by RonDale Simpson, was formed in the summer of 2020 as a community project-based dance company. The styles include Hip-Hop fusion, Modern, Afro Beats, HBCU dance style, and stepping. BJDC was created to allow dancers of color opportunities to improve their skills, perform and build a network of emerging and professional dancers. To create works of Artistic excellence and broaden the appreciation of dance in our community.
I first met RonDale Simpson, the founder of Blakk Jakk Dance Collective, at this event:
- Blog Date: November 29, 2021 - Saturday Night Fun With Creatives -- Maker Faire Cleveland Showcase 2021!
We communicated a few times before the Block Party via Twitter, but it was really great to have some time to really listen to him at the Block Party. He told me about Blakk Jakk Dance Collective, and how it is funded by its project work. Be sure to visit the Blakk Jakk Dance Collective website to learn more at: https://www.BlakkJakkDanceCo.org
“This is @TheCLE!!” — #dancing in #Cleveland!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Good to talk to @jakkz89 and see his Blakk Jakk Dance Collective at the @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @CityofCleveland’s @CLEPublicSquare. https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE
Fun time in @DowntownCLE! https://t.co/nEvWWMH4CQ pic.twitter.com/B1qNFs9q6q
@jakkz89, thanks for telling me more about Blakk Jakk #Dance Collective.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
I recommend people visit your website to learn more: https://t.co/v5ub5oDToP@FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare.https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/uPSDiQhqIz
Thank you so much and it was good seeing you.— Jakk Jakk (@jakkz89) July 17, 2022
Fun times at @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare. @jakkz89 Blakk Jakk #Dance Collective. https://t.co/v5ub5oDToP https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/kkvqPEe8lO— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
.@jakkz89, I just saw @MannyWallace photos from @FrontTriennial Block Party at #Cleveland's @CLEPublicSquare.@MannyWallace captured Blakk Jakk #Dance Collective in one of his photos shared on Twitter. https://t.co/cwfrjC7ols— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 21, 2022
See more on @ClevelandScene: https://t.co/ygZe5bNBHg https://t.co/ZTHHApcvDP
I have followed Gennifer Harding-Gosnell @GenniferwithaG_ on Twitter for a long time, and have always been impressed with what she shares on Twitter. We finally met in person on August 25, 2021, at the MidTown Community BBQ at the Dunham Tavern Museum. Read about our meeting, and about the work she does, in my blog post:
- Blog Date: September 8, 2021 - My Cleveland Week: Cleveland Foundation > MidTown Murals > USS Cod Party > Irishtown Bend Hike > One World Day
August 25, 2021, MidTown Mixtape Presents: Community BBQ Dunham Tavern Museum
If you know of non-voters in our community, please help Gennifer out by sending them to the The Cleveland Observer Non-Voters Survey:
This survey is meant for disenfranchised and non-voters only, people who are eligible to vote, but choose not to. You are either not registered at all, or you are registered but do not ever participate in elections.
Your responses will be used to determine the topics The Cleveland Observer will be writing about for our “None Of The Above” series on non-voters. We will write about the issues you provide to us.
I understand not voting is un-popular right now, but this survey was written by a non-voter, and I encourage you to be as open and honest as you wish.
Maybe it’s as simple as not voting because you have no transportation to get there. Maybe it’s more complicated than that, and you think the whole political system is broken. There are no rules regarding use of language or what you can say, I only ask that you be truthful and fact-based.
@GenniferwithaG_, good talking to you at #FrontArt2022 about #Cleveland area non-#voters survey for @CleveObserver article.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Please share her survey by retweeting https://t.co/pHKWJNXMuY
See my blog about meeting her at @DunhamTavernMus @MidTownCleInc https://t.co/mgyWniJ1HV https://t.co/YXDuGopzWR pic.twitter.com/7z7nthGWmC
Thank you @sos_jr was awesome to see you and to meet the family!— Gennifer Harding-Gosnell (@GenniferwithaG_) July 16, 2022
Whenever I run into @sos_jr at an event, that's how I know I'm in the right place. He shared my survey, introduced me to his lovely family & snapped a photo to help me show off how hard I'm workin'. pic.twitter.com/5xYOk8oLVB— Gennifer Harding-Gosnell (@GenniferwithaG_) July 16, 2022
@GenniferwithaG_, it was good to talk to you at the @FrontTriennial Block Party at @CLEPublicSquare.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 17, 2022
Good luck with your work to listen to the concerns of those who don’t vote through your survey. Let me know when you publish your article based on the results. Thanks.
The Cleveland Observer Non-Voters Survey https://t.co/oQZ7a5b8zR— The Cleveland Observer (@CleveObserver) July 9, 2022
Komotus’ mission is to curate experiences that initiate and enrich deeper connection to oneself and community through heart opening ceremonies, breath workshops, and body movement.
After enjoying the acrobatic performance by Komotus, I talked to one of their members. She let me know that they soon will have a new website, but in the meantime, you can find them on Sundays at 6:00 pm at the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park. I also found them on Facebook, and was able to message them for more details. See:
I’m enjoying #acrobatics by Komotus at @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Future website coming at https://t.co/BYMQBenYdg. You can learn more on Sundays 6pm at @CleveMetroparks #EdgeWaterPark https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/HtGywwF4io
#Acrobatics by Komotus at @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Future website coming at https://t.co/BYMQBenYdg. You can learn more on Sundays 6pm at @CleveMetroparks #EdgeWaterPark https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/iqStinWfez
Fun times at @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
- @TowerLightsCLE - @CLEPublicSquare - @jakkz89 Blakk Jakk #Dance Collective https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE https://t.co/zlrniGqcF5 pic.twitter.com/DxIEkKyhYF
A little rain doesn’t stop the #dancing in #Cleveland!! 🌧— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Currently the rain has stopped at @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare. https://t.co/gViuIDjQxO#ThisIsCLE
cc: @jakkz89 pic.twitter.com/3IjcMPYcnD
@recesscle is here at @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
I attended a talk by @recesscle at a @FrontTriennial 2018 event: https://t.co/mWJJG5fpBp pic.twitter.com/RRHrrcgEbr
It is always good to talk to Emily Bacha, who is one of a great team of community leaders who organize PechaKucha Cleveland. (Click here to see read my many PechaKucha blog posts.) Seeing her, and meeting her husband, Dirk Bird, for the first time, reminded me of how much I missed meeting with people in person during these past recent years of isolation due to COVID-19.
When I think of Emily Bacha, I think of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, whose good work I often see in my travels around northeast Ohio. Emily used to be the Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Director of Communications and Marketing. I was surprised to discover that she has already been the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Ohio Environmental Council for over three years.
.@EmilyBacha, it was so good to talk to you & meet your husband at @FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 Block #Party in @DowntownCLE’s @CLEPublicSquare— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 16, 2022
Thanks for exciting info about @PKNCLE with @CAN_journal on 7/29/22 at @moCaCleveland
I appreciate your work making @PKNCLE a success https://t.co/6wvmug9fSb pic.twitter.com/Oql0OG3cJJ
.@PKNCLE is BACK this week, after its 2-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic— The City Club of CLE (@TheCityClub) July 24, 2022
On July 29th, the PechaKucha Night Cle team is relaunching in partnership with @moCaCleveland and @CAN_journal. Presenters: TBD
Learn more + buy tickets today! https://t.co/61PoLVpbP3
It will be great to go to PechaKucha after such a long time in isolation.
As I work on a blog post about some public events I attended a week ago, I am reminded again how much COVID-19 created isolation in my life https://t.co/SvWdopavyt— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 25, 2022
I've started going to events & live theatre venues, but feel that I have a lot of catching up to do with people pic.twitter.com/FuQDKB41aj
Fountain of Eternal Life
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Fountain of Eternal Life, also known as the War Memorial Fountain and Peace Arising from the Flames of War, is a statue and fountain in downtown Cleveland, Ohio designed by Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Marshall Fredericks and dedicated on May 30, 1964. The sculpture, which honors Greater Clevelanders who served, died, or were declared missing in military service, is situated on Veterans' Memorial Plaza (formerly Mall A) as part of the Cleveland Mall.[
Photos From the FRONT Block Party and Exhibition Hub
By Emanuel Wallace
The FRONT triennial is now in full swing with events and exhibitions in and around the area. Here's what we saw at the Block Party on Public Square and the Exhibition Hub at Transformer Station.
I am sorry I missed talking to Emanuel Wallace at the FRONT International Block Party, but glad I did not miss his photos! I look forward to going to Transformer Station after seeing his photos. Be sure to follow @MannyWallace on Twitter for the latest on what is happening in Cleveland.
.@jakkz89, I just saw @MannyWallace photos from @FrontTriennial Block Party at #Cleveland's @CLEPublicSquare.@MannyWallace captured Blakk Jakk #Dance Collective in one of his photos shared on Twitter. https://t.co/cwfrjC7ols— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 21, 2022
See more on @ClevelandScene: https://t.co/ygZe5bNBHg https://t.co/ZTHHApcvDP
Some more photos. pic.twitter.com/UMEd1M8xFX— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) July 17, 2022
A few more photos. pic.twitter.com/pJ3Adzk74G— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) July 17, 2022
Photos from the FRONT Triennial block party and exhibition hub https://t.co/DrowEFXknB— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) July 17, 2022
PHOTOSTREAM: FRONT Triennial Block Party by Anastasia Pantsios
The FRONT International Triennial, which is bringing work by nationally and internationally celebrated artists to venues in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin for the next three months, kicked off its first weekend with a family-oriented “block party” on Public Square.
Hey, @FrontTriennial & @CLEPublicSquare, look at @anastasjoy's photos I found via @CoolCleveland of the #FrontArt2020 Block Party!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 20, 2022
"PHOTOSTREAM: FRONT Triennial Block Party by Anastasia Pantsios" https://t.co/CoHOU5C05d@Flickr Album: https://t.co/4hCX0MW7Cf
cc: @FredBidwell pic.twitter.com/3T5wE9HohQ
Mystery solved! I am glad I was able to find out for @gregfphotos1 the name of the band that he photographed at the FRONT Block Party.
@gregfphotos1, I asked for some help from @CLEPublicSquare regarding the bands that played at the fun #FrontArt2020 Block Party.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 20, 2022
Take a look at the image they sent me of the performers at the @FrontTriennial Block Party. pic.twitter.com/9GS3lNMHBT
@gregfphotos1, since @FrontTriennial Block Party web page does a MOST EXCELLENT job of providing links to #FrontArt2022 performers https://t.co/C6JT1gvnHO I found that the guitar in your photo https://t.co/92Hv4TanKK looks similar to The Katy Band— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 20, 2022
See https://t.co/p6zPaXNCFs pic.twitter.com/EoOCXJxMiG
Excellent! Thank you!— greg.f_photos (@gregfphotos1) July 20, 2022
@FreshWaterCLE Features FRONT
"People are amazed by the size and breadth of the triennial, and that all of the Cleveland exhibits are free," says Janet Renner, director of marketing for FRONT.
FreshWater Cleveland does an excellent job of featuring FRONT International in these two articles:
The FRONT Triennial returns to NEO for a summer-long artistic experience
KARIN CONNELLY RICE | WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2022
Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows: A week into the FRONT Triennial, a photo essay
BOB PERKOSKI | THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022
The first pre-opening article provides a good overview of the venue locations, and the second is a photo essay created by photographer Bob Perkoski. The photos of the artwork at venues I have not yet seen intrigue me. I often read very interesting articles about Cleveland by following @FreshWaterCLE on Twitter, and know that they will be writing more about FRONT International in the coming months.
@FreshWaterCLE, I love how your @FrontTriennial pre-opening article by @KarinRice2 provides a great overview of the #FrontArt2020 venues: https://t.co/uwJW4ecXpK— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 25, 2022
and @perkoski's post-opening photo essay intrigues me to see @FrontTriennial #artwork! https://t.co/JH035AqSqz pic.twitter.com/c3VRbgK3xX
The 2022 FRONT Triennial, opens this Saturday with the themes of healing and transformation. Here is your guide to navigating the works of 100 world renowned artists working in a variety of media at 30 sites in three Northeast Ohio cities.https://t.co/yRffVZP3MA— FreshWaterCLE (@FreshWaterCLE) July 13, 2022
FreshWater managing photographer @perkoski has been out at all 2022 FRONT Triennial Cleveland sites this week, capturing the art and the awe of the massive show. Check out what you're in store for! https://t.co/j9pgYOLYn5— FreshWaterCLE (@FreshWaterCLE) July 21, 2022
Interesting ideastream Arts Tweets & Videos
Learn more about the above video in this article:
- Cleveland’s FRONT Triennial aims to help people heal through contemporary art
PUBLISHED: July 15, 2022
AUTHOR: Carrie Wise
This art installation is hands on! In fact, how people interact with it is the point. Here's a preview of “SM-2N: sldrty?” by artists Sarah Oppenheimer and Tony Cokes at Transformer Station in Cleveland for @FrontTriennial. pic.twitter.com/KCYXF2BUT2— ideastream Arts (@ideastreamArts) July 18, 2022
Cleveland artist Dexter Davis describes the circumstances behind his mixed media work "Nose Bleed" on view now at the @CleInstituteArt for the 2022 @FrontTriennial Triennial. pic.twitter.com/UdHUPpXgLW— ideastream Arts (@ideastreamArts) July 19, 2022
Inspired by poems from Langston Hughes' "The Dream Keeper," Brooklyn-based artist Abigail DeVille created 13 sculptures in Quincy Garden for @FrontTriennial, just blocks away from where Hughes spent his high school years in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/SayAR9XwI9— ideastream Arts (@ideastreamArts) July 20, 2022
Akron's @CuratedStoreFRT has been activating neglected urban spaces with art since 2016. In partnership with @FrontTriennial, the empty Quaker Square has transformed into a dynamic arts venue, featuring works from various local and national artists. pic.twitter.com/tw2PwGM46v— ideastream Arts (@ideastreamArts) July 21, 2022
Great project! https://t.co/XWEGkiVNG5— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) July 22, 2022
Excited about the FRONT projects in Akron and especially the partnership with Cultural Counsel at Quaker Square. https://t.co/66UFlQ4ycU— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) July 21, 2022
Related Blog Posts
In addition to the blog posts I mentioned above, I always like to end with a list of related blog posts. Since my wife and co-blogger, Julie, and I have written over 12 past blog posts about FRONT International, rather than listing them all here, it is best that you just see them all by pulling up the posts tagged with:
The one FRONT International blog post that directly relates to 2022 is the FRONT 2022 Preview post:
- Blog Date: October 14, 2021 - FRONT 2022 Preview Exhibition: Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, my "Personal Prequel" blog post covers what I observed between the 2018 FRONT International events and the start of their events in 2022:
Blog Date: July 13, 2022 - Personal Prequel: 2022 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
If interested in viewing past blog posts by venue, please see:
Library - Cleveland Public Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library
- University Circle
If you are interested in throwing the widest net to view all my art-related blog posts, please see:
Please share with others my tweets as I attend FRONT International venues, and watch for future blog posts. Also, feel free to tag me on Twitter as you explore FRONT International venues and activities, so I can share in your enjoyment.
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Thu, 08/04/2022 - 15:31