ArtWorks Spring Theater

March 12, 2014

photo So! The Artworks openhouse was last week. I WAS SUPER DUPER EXCITED to show people what we do here! In case you couldn’t make it, I’m excited to give you a small taste of the things we have done in the theatre co-op thus far! We’ve been doing a lot of improv, and acting skills. Through this the people in my co-op have really gotten to be really close as friends, coworkers, and fellow artists and actors.


Artworks Theatre

A really cool place

to work, learn,

and participate

in acting, improv

working with tim

has been a great experience

I always love coming in

to work

with inspirational people

in a beautiful building too

I love artworks

how bout you?


OhSnap Theater Group: ArtWorks Theater Co-op 2013

July 5, 2013

* Post written and photographs taken by the 2013 ArtWorks Theatre Co-op:  Aaron, Andre, Bryan, Ian, Jazmin, Naija, Rosalyn, Sharia, Sydney and Toi.

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio’s ArtWorks Theatre Co-Op, AKA OhSnap Theatre Group, shares about some of their recent professional enrichment activities…on and off-campus.

Theater Apprentices_1Tri-C Light Tour

In the initial week of our program we had the privilege to have a very inclusive tour of the Tri-C theaters. Josh, a theater technician at Tri-C, graciously took time out of his day to give our co-op a very informative tour, which included visits to the control room, the ropes, the black box and thrust theater, prop workshop, and dressing rooms. The tour taught us as a co-op some of the other aspects of theatre… other than being on stage and taking on the part of an actor.

Theater ApprenticesTalespinner & CPT

Our co-op was clearly in full swing in the first week because on the third day we went on our first excursion and went out into the field, traveling to the Talespinner Children’s Theatre. Before walking over to Talespinner, we were given a tour of Cleveland Public Theater and learned much of the history behind it. After leaving the Cleveland Public Theater we walked to Talespinner where we were given jobs “in front of house” which are the duties of the people outside of the auditorium: box office, greeters, ushers, etc.  After completing our duties in front of house we were then allowed to watch the current play, The Emperor’s Ears, which was a very interactive adaptation of a Serbian folktale. This was a learning experience because we were able to see yet another perspective of theatre and because of our talk with the actors in a more intimate environment.

IMG_0225Playhouse Square and Ideastream

In our second week of operations we were once again geared up for another excursion. We, along with the recording arts co-op, were given a tour of all of the theaters in Playhouse Square: State, Ohio, Allen, and Palace theatre. We were given great historical context about the theaters. After the tour of the theaters we returned to the Idea Center where we began and had the privilege of watching a live broadcast of a news show. We heard from a great band, heard about the food scene in cleveland, and saw some new technological advances, including a 3D printer and a small Quad copter. This was a very interesting and unique experience that was rich in information.

Week 1 ArtWorks Recap :: Halle Building

June 24, 2013

*Post written and photographs taken by the ArtWorks Summer 2013 Photography Co-op

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio’s ArtWorks Apprentices at the Halle Site started a week before their counterparts on the Tri-C campus. Only a week out of school and these apprentices are already back to work. The work force is on full power and everything is going according to plan.

Poetry Co-op

Poetry ArtWorks apprentices

Poetry ArtWorks apprentices

 Day two of work, and these apprentices and their Master Teaching Artist (MTA) are already working diligently on their individual poems at the poetry co-op. Ray, the poetry MTA, conducts group bonding exercises such as playing his guitar, which entertains and unites the apprentices to his melodious tunes. Their first project was to use three things: a color, a thing, and a prepositional phrase, and use them to create a poem. Ray has been a spectacular MTA; being as magnificent as he can be, the apprentices will have no problem working with him.

Sneaker Design Co-op 

Sneaker Design ArtWorks apprentices

Sneaker Design ArtWorks apprentices

As we take our time observing the sneaker design, co-op, we interviewed a gentleman by the name of Aaron and he shared his experiences to us. The sneaker design co-op works together to design one sneaker. The sneakers were meant to portray a mission statement. Beside the work, the group has also bonded especially well. Van, the MTA, starts every day off with a quote to inspire the apprentices. Focused and relaxed, everyone is looking forward to the next six weeks.

Photography ArtWorks apprentices

Photography ArtWorks apprentices


Today the Photography co-op interviewed and took pictures of the other co-ops for the blog. Laura, the MTA, and Sydney, the Assistant Teaching Artist (ATA), have conducted multiple group bonding exercises and we have gotten to know each other. The apprentices are eager to go out and take pictures, and they know the opportunity is just around the corner.

Architecture ArtWorks apprentices

Architecture ArtWorks apprentices

Architect Co-op 

The architect co-op has been working on creative designs for their storyboard projects. Within these designs, they have to create a world from their imagination using two words given to them by their MTA. Such as “Tropical fish and the Moon.” This teaches the apprentices about exploring their imaginations and how two brains are better than one.

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.