Positive Vibes in Recording Arts Technology Co-op

March 18, 2014

Positive Vibes in Recording Arts Technology Co-op

The Recording Arts and Technology Co-op, also known as R.A.T, is where the beats are mixed and tracks are made. The students there create their own music—adding soundtracks, mixing vocals and sometimes just going a cappella. There are three studios in which they work, each blasting with their latest creation.
The positive vibe makes working with everyone easier and more fun. The Co-op also requires a lot of focus and dedication to your piece. It’s easy to get sidetracked, but a well worker knows that time is of the essence. Working on a song includes many parts—recording, adding music and professionalizing the sound, it’s hard to get everything done in a reasonable amount of time if you’re goofing off.
The R.A.T Co-op is unique just like all the others. They express themselves through music and collaborate with one another to constructively citizen each piece of work. Everyone works together to make sure another person’s art is done and done well. That is just one of the other things that make the R.A.T Co-op so special. Artwork’s Recording Arts and Technology Co-op is a job that mixes with pleasure.


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?

Behind the Lens: Spring ArtWorks Photography

March 11, 2014

Hello, Photo ArtWorkians and their families! We hope you kept safe and warm during the (many) winter storms that have kept us all in.

IMG_0367Things at ArtWorks are heating up, even if the weather’s not. Shutters are clicking away and beautiful portraits are being taken. We are helping to make the Theatre Co-op portfolios show-ready by providing professional pictures for them to use for their future auditions. We were also able to take three fantastic field trips to the ICA, the Cleveland Print Room and Transformer Station. The Cleveland Print Room featured an exhibit on Vivian Maier, “Marry Poppins with a Camera”, who took over 100,000 pictures during her life time. We were also able to view a documentary about her life and saw a few of her photos on display. They were all very personal, as they exposed the people behind the city of Chicago. On February 13th, we were able to also go to the ICA, an organization that is dedicated to restoring damaged art. We saw an artist working on a mural that had been damaged by the weather. IMG_0392It almost looked like new! After that, we saw another exhibit on Hank Willis Thomas. He is a photographer that loves to stretch the boundaries of what a picture should be. All of his subjects are regularly put into various odd positions that make a statement. The show was very provocative, as we got to really examine how pictures influence culture. We now click away even more enthusiastically, as we are inspired by great photographers. Keep clicking ArtWorkians!

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.

A Week in the Life: Recording Arts Co-Op

July 2, 2013

*Post written and photographs taken by Samantha Boggs, ArtWorks Summer 2013 apprentice

Last week in ArtWorks‘ Recording Arts Co-Op, we did a number of exciting things. All of the apprentices in the program got to attend the Cleveland Arts Prize! This was an honor for the apprentices because the Arts Prize is a very big event. “The Cleveland Arts Prize was awesome because it was such a unique experience,” says Paul Coulter. “We saw many different kinds of artists. It was really cool.”

Recording Arts apprentice at work!

Recording Arts apprentice at work!


The apprentices also got to take a tour of Playhouse Square! “We saw all of the theaters and stages. The building is really cool and it has a vintage style to it. I loved seeing all of the ceilings too, the art is amazing!” says Sarah Bailey. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the old theaters and the renovations that have been done.

After seeing Playhouse Square’s theaters, the apprentices got to sit in on a live radio recording where a Cleveland Indie band, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, performed. “Sitting in the live audience was really fun. Seeing the band perform was one of my favorite things we have done so far! They were really good live and the talk show was also entertaining. I hope to have more experiences like this! I loved it,” says Samantha Boggs.

Everyone is very excited for the experiences we have to look forward to during the rest of the summer, especially the Open House! See you on July 10 from 6-8 PM at Tri-C Metro Campus!


*Editor’s note: There are two Open Houses. CO-ops at the Halle Building have an Open House on July 2, from 6-8 PM. Co-ops at Tri-C have an Open House on July 10, from 6-8 PM. 

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: 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.