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Arts & Culture

The American Dream: A Symposium at the Intersection of Art and Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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"I think that art can help us ask difficult questions and maybe even provide some answers." – Marshall Reese

When the delegates, conventioneers and media arrive in Cleveland for 2016 Republican National Convention, the conversation won't just be about politics. Local and visiting artists will be arriving, too, lending their perspectives on patriotism, free speech, equality, and freedom.

Cleveland - long known for its vibrant arts and culture scene - will be presenting an array of thought-provoking and relevant exhibits meant to stimulate the mind and encourage conversation on the topics and issues in this election year.

Join us at the Transformer Station in Hingetown for a series of free panel discussions on access and opportunity, inequality/(in)equity, and political identity and protest - and learn what these works tell us about ourselves, our community, and our connection and response to the political environment and the political discourse that shapes our nation.

Artists and Panelists include:

Fred Bidwell, Principal, Bidwell Projects
Evelyn Burnett, Vice President of Economic Opportunity, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Gregory L. Brown, Executive Director, PolicyBridge
Jennifer Coleman, Senior Program Officer for the Arts, The George Gund Foundation
Daniel Gray-Kontar, Executive Artistic Director, Twelve Literary
Amy Hanauer, Founding Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio
Jason Hanley, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Nora Ligorano, The American Dream, LigoranoReese
Cathleen O'Malley, Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations, Cleveland Public Theatre
Marshall Reese, The American Dream, LigoranoReese
Victor Ruiz, Executive Director, Esperanza, Inc.
Connie Schultz, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist
Kate Sopko, The Fixers
Spencer Tunick, Photographer, Everything She Says Means Everything
Shawn Van Sluys, Executive Director, Musagetes
Roopa Vasudevan, #Bellwether
R.A. Washington, Poet and Co-Founder of A Guide to Kulchur
Mary E. Weems, Winner, 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award for Literature
Gary Williams, Interim Executive Director, Sankofa Fine Arts

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