I’m pleased to be part of a feature article, entitled ‘Made of Cleveland’ in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of the CAN Journal. Here is a link to the complete article:
And here is a bit of information about the CAN Journal…one of the top publications in the city of Cleveland:
The Collective Arts Network was founded in 2011 by Zygote Press with support from the Ohio Arts Council and in cooperation with 27 other visual art organizations around Cuyahoga County.
Those pioneering organizations decided that by working together, they could create something new–something to fill a void in the Cleveland landscape–a reliable, print and online publication that gives voice to the multitude of art organizations that liven our neighborhoods and edify our lives.
They each agreed to contribute both effort and money to make that happen. The result was CAN Journal, which debuted in print in January, 2012.
Follow-up conversation with galleries and individual artists led to where we are today–a quarterly magazine that combines member organizations’ content with the reporting and commentary of independent writers on the arts in Northeast Ohio. Each issue offers organizations’ own in-depth previews of what’s coming in their venues, as well as reported news and opinion.
Stephen Yusko received a one-year, $20,000 fellowship for outstanding work as an artist in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Out of 310 applicants in craft, design, media and visual artists, Yusko was announced on as one of 20 artists to receive a Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), the organization that operates the program, convened a panel of seven experts from around the country to judge the applications. After six weeks of studying the entire applicant pool at home, followed by a four-day public adjudication session they unanimously approved the 20 finalists. Applications were anonymous to the panel, and were judged based on artistic merit and a written statement about how the artists would use the Fellowship.
“This Fellowship is a tribute to the benefits artists bring to Cuyahoga County,” said Tim Mueller, chair of CPAC’s Board of Trustees, “and our community’s investment in these artists shows our commitment to a strong and vibrant economic future.”
In addition to the financial award, Fellows receive a one-year membership to the COSE Arts Network, http://www.cosearts.org/ and a tuition waiver to CPAC’s Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute http://www.cpacbiz.org/business/ent.shtml. Fellows are also featured in a professionally-designed catalogue at the conclusion of the Fellowship year.
CPAC launched the Creative Workforce Fellowship program with a grant it received from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), a special unit of government established to receive and distribute local tobacco excise tax revenue dedicated to arts and culture support.
CPAC, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving greater Cleveland by ensuring the artistic and economic success of its arts and culture community.