Cleveland Arts Prize

On June 26, 2014 I was honored with the Robert P. Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize. I am very excited and deeply grateful to have been chosen, along with my stalwart colleague, from the George Gund Foundation, Deena Epstein, for this very prestigious award. Deena and I have worked – separately and together through our respective foundations – for more than two decades to strengthen Cleveland’s remarkable arts community and open the doors of the arts to everyone in our community. I was proud to share the stage with her that wonderful evening. Here is a link to a 12 minute interview of Deena and me on WCPN, ideastream Public Radio.

And some photos from the wonderful awards ceremony at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Me with venerable arts patron, advocate and leader, Barbara Robinson and Wayne Lawson, former renowned Director of the Ohio Arts Council.  (Other gentleman unidentified.)  Jill Snyder, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art introducing me and Deena Epstein with whom I shared the award.  Getting the medal from Jill, and all the 2014 Awardees.

For those who care about such things, the  dress is from Paris via a wonderful small boutique, You Two  a block from my house.  The shoes are Ivanka Trump – two words I never expected to be associated with my personal wardrobe.

Me with fellow honoree Barbara Robinson and Wayne Lawson, Former head of the Ohio Arts Council.  Don't know the gentleman on the left.Deena Epstein and me being introduced by Jill Snyder, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, ClevelandReceiving the Robert P. Bergman Award of the Cleveland Arts Prize2014 Cleveland Arts Prize winners

A Humbling Honor

I recently received word that I have been named the recipient of the Robert Bergman Prize by the Jury of the Cleveland Arts Prize. I share this honor with my long time colleague in arts philanthropy, Deena Epstein. The Bergman Prize is especially meaningful to me as I counted Bob Bergman as a friend, and as I was serving on the Arts Prize Board at the time of his death, had some influence in creating this prize. Bob was larger than life and in his brief time as Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, turned the institution inside out – opening doors, welcoming the community in and giving personal tours, in his sneakers, to members of the Rotary, the Elks, the Kiwanis – community folk that he invited to visit him in ‘his house.’ I’m not exactly sure how the Jury saw that I fit the criteria for this award but I must say I am humbled and more deeply honored than I can say.

Video: Heights Poetweet Launch

Thanks to Stephen Bellamy , videographer extraordinaire, for this video

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Video: Public Funding for Arts & Culture

This video is one of The Cleveland Foundation’s 100 Most Important Leadership Moments in our 100 years supporting Greater Cleveland

Lake Erie Ink / Heights Library Teen Poetry Slam

Come support these teens who’e worked so hard to hone their skills. I’ll get to be a judge. Hope to see you there!

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Engaging the Future

Engaging the Future is the Cleveland Foundation’s audience development initiative aimed at helping our vital arts institutions adapt to shifting demographics, technologies, and tastes, and attract the younger audiences they need to survive. The Cleveland Foundation has partnered with EmcArts to work with 11 Cleveland cultural institutions as they create innovative approaches for engaging younger and more diverse audiences.

  • Read this Plain Dealer story about Engaging the Future.
  • Watch this video from the first daylong seminar for the initiative.
  • Check out audio postcards from the participating organizations as they explain their starting conditions and current priorities.
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