Picturing 2012

December 14, 2012

There’s nothing better than looking at year’s worth of work and feeling proud of what you, your colleagues, and your partners throughout Northeast Ohio have accomplished.

When creating Picturing 2012, a video to commemorate the year and thank supporters (that’s YOU!) who have made it all possible, there were hundreds upon hundreds of images from which to choose. Theater, Digital Game Design, college readiness, Visual Art, Early Childhood Literacy–these are just a few areas that Young Audiences was privileged enough to work in this year.

Using our amazing resident artists (120 of them!), Young Audiences was able to reach over 240,000 kids in 275 locations–in 18 counties across Northeast Ohio. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished this year, and can’t thank you enough for all that you do. We know that with your help, we can reach even more children next year. Thanks again for a wonderful year, arts supporters!

Picturing 2012


ArtWorks Sound Bites: Photography Co-Op

December 11, 2012

Apprenticeship for Fall ArtWorks AfterSchool work with Mark Yasenchak to learn all about photography. But perhaps most importantly, they also learn about collaboration. When speaking to both LiNa and Nathan (Photography Apprentices) about their experience thus far, both of them spoke about partnership…with other Apprentices or with the community at large.

Photography Apprentices LiNa captures Dance Apprentices in action.

As well as documenting Poetry Apprentices during ArtWorks’ Open House, LiNa also captured Dance Apprentices in action.

LiNa Grob, Photography Apprentice:

On the night of Thursday, November 8th, 2012, “Young Audiences’ Artworks” held an open house for it’s after school Fall program. It was there, where we visited the Poetry Co-op to capture pictures of the evening’s events. When we arrived, the poets were in an assigned reading where they presented aloud their pieces in front of visitors. A serene atmosphere could be felt within every inch of the room and I felt a sense of inspiration washing over me. The Poetry Co-op’s performance was extraordinary and I recommend anyone with an interest in creative writing to experience this event.

Photography Apprentice Nathan captures Issue 107 Advocates (to save Cleveland schools!)

Photography Apprentice Nathan captures Issue 107 Advocates (to save Cleveland schools!)

Nathan Mendel, Photography Apprentice:

A couple of weeks ago, I visited a campaign headquarters for the Cleveland School System levy issue 107. While families were making posters promoting Issue 107 and being interviewed by the apprentices in the Poetry Co-op, I took candid pictures of anything that seemed interesting to me. I got pictures in all kinds of angles and shots such as wide, close up, extreme close up of people and objects in the room that tell the story of the reason people were there. The building was able to give me a huge variety of options to choose from and since the building had two floors, I was able to get shots from above. This collection of photographs of the posters, people and apprentices begins to tell the story of the levy and my role as an apprentice with Young Audiences. After editing the best photos, I found out which of them really show off the design of the posters, and the people making the posters. I hope to go again and get some more photographs one day.

You can see these amazing teens in action on December 18th at 6 PM at the Halle Building. Photography Apprentices will exhibit their work, as well as capture the entire evening.

ArtWorks Sound Bites: Digital Game Design Co-Op

December 7, 2012

Check out the adventures from ArtWorks Digital Game Design Apprentices!

From left to right: Jordan Davis, Marcus Billingsley, Darius Daniels, Malik Long, Aliyah Beechuk, Aristide Smith, Yanna Morgan, Anthony Piazza, Kennyth Bolton. Missing: Shana Hurst

Amidst the chaos in the little white room and the ongoing hubbub of the latest anime episodes, the Artworks apprentices of Game Design settled into a meditative phase of work and random outbursts. Weeks ago, the apprentices were playing icebreaker games like Monopoly, Apples To Apples and Pictionary, while all the apprentices from the other co-ops were wistfully staring and pawing at the glass windows. After a few weeks into the production of their game boards, we were told we had to move into an even smaller room. Having to downsize the space did not particularly help the work environment; the apprentices needed their own “personal” space apparently. Soon the little paper cutouts scattered across the floor became a sea of white in the little room, and wading through the mess became an adventure. Now that all the apprentices were finished with their game boards, they looked at the sea of disorder and realized that something had to be done. Flexibility and responsibility, 21st century skills anyone? Bueller…Bueller?

Now that the Game Design MTA guided the apprentices through the first ordeal, it was their turn to motivate themselves to create something new as a team using GameMaker. It certainly was not easy at first; there were arguments about taking sides and teams. Seven apprentices wanted to work on the art side whereas there were only three on the programming side; some had to make sacrifices for the benefit of the team.

As for the apprentices, the daunting tasks that lie ahead falls upon Yanna and Marcus, who are the programming and art leads. It’s their job to assign roles to their teammates and work together in their harmonious love-hate relationship. The game they are currently working on features a futuristic time traveler in search of his stolen time belt. He must stop the evil mastermind and restore time to normal. Can they do it? Stay tuned!


ArtWorks Sound Bites: Poetry Co-Op

December 6, 2012

The Poetry ArtWorks Co-Op has certainly been busy. Hear from Yixuan, a Poetry Artworks Apprentice, about what they’ve been up to!

Cleveland WorkingThings have been going quite well in the land of the poetry co-op; our main project this session has been a compilation of poems based on interviews of ordinary working Clevelanders. This undertaking is, fittingly enough, called Cleveland Working, and so far we’ve interviewed quite a number of people already, comprising a full range of occupations from cupcake-bakery owner to security guard. We’ve based it all on the assumption that everyone has a story to tell, and so far they have yet to disappoint.

poetryco-op zane 029The poetry, in a variety of styles, will be featured in our co-op’s chapbook (along with photos helpfully provided by the photography co-op) as well as the culminating performance on December 18th.

Lately, though, we’ve taken a bit of a break from career interviews and writing new works in order to polish our existing poetry so that they’ll be ready for the publishing and performance. The one major exception to this is a new project, which is a collaboration with the dance co-op set for 14 December at the Cleveland Museum of Art. We’re hoping to successfully combine physical movement with the spoken word to create a sense of unity; the idea right now is to interview various members of the dance co-op, in a similar fashion to what we’ve been doing already, and telling their own stories while they dance. The poetry will also most likely feature a group component, where certain phrases or lines will be repeated to further emphasize the unity. The project is still in relatively early stages as of right now, but we’re very excited to see where it’ll go.

Poetry Apprentice

Yixuan, Poetry ArtWorks Apprentice, sharing her words

-Yixuan, Poetry ArtWorks Apprentice

ArtWorks Sound Bites: Dance Co-Op

December 5, 2012
The apprentices from the Dance Co-Op of Fall ArtWorks took class and rehearsal with the dancers of the Performance Ensemble from the School of Dancing Wheels. The two groups will be working together for the remainder of the semester and will culminate their relationship with a dual performance on December 14th at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 7pm. The dance company/ co op Unveil, as they named themselves, has shared some of their thoughts about working with Dancing Wheels:

My experience with Dancing Wheels was great. I learned that it’s people first. It was nice to meet and dance with students and people with disabilities. They weren’t as different as anyone else. It was fun to see and learn how it feels to be in a wheelchair and having to use all of your upper body strength. I can’t wait to go back and dance with Dancing Wheels again! – Najeder

I enjoyed moving with the dancers with disabilities,and I was inspired by how they and the whole company don’t let their disabilities hold them back! I really learned not to be discouraged or let something hold me back in


Olivia, Dance ArtWorks Apprentice (photo taken by Photography Apprentices)

dance or in life. I loved everybody’s positive attitudes and learning how to ride and move in the wheels chairs! -Olivia

As I walked into the Dancing Wheels studio, I was hesitant, nervous for new experience and excited for new friends. Once I saw Motion teaching hip-hop, I thought it was all over. I have no rhythm. Hip-hop is not my favorite style of dance, but Motion helped me understand how to move. Once we started to interact with the dancers with disabilities, I was amazed. They were keeping up with all standing dancers phenomenally. Some could retain better then I could. Then we tried getting in their shoes, or I should say chairs. The experience was eye opening and extremely fun. I am ecstatic I have that memory and anticipating the next visit to be just as great – Samantha

Sami, Dance ArtWorks Apprentice (photo taken by Photography Apprentices)

Samantha, Dance ArtWorks Apprentice (photo taken by Photography Apprentices)

So, please SAVE THE DATE! On December 14th at 7 PM, you can see the Dance Co-Op LIVE with Dancing Wheels at the Cleveland Museum of Art! It’s a performance that is not to be missed.