State of the Arts

Credit Mark Arehart & Andrew Meyer / WKSU

Theater and dance, museums and music, film and food: From fine art to pop culture, from the mainstream to the cutting edge, Northeast Ohio is full of experiences to tantalize the senses.  Friday’s on Morning Edition, WKSU’s Mark Arehart explores all that Northeast Ohio has to offer on State of the Arts.

Ways to Connect


RNC delegates riding in and out of downtown Cleveland on the RTA Red Line will be treated to an art display. It will be only a fleeting glimpse, but it’s part of a public art project designed to last.

In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes a peek at wall murals along the rail line.

For weeks, Amber Esner has been gathering brushes and spray cans, strapping on a safety harness and riding a bucket truck up, down, and along a 40-foot retaining wall.

title page of First Folio
The Folger Shakespeare Library / The Folger Shakespeare Library

One of the world’s oldest and rarest books is on display in downtown Cleveland. Shakespeare’s First Folio is on a nationwide tour and one of the stops is the Cleveland Public Library. 

A uniformed guard is stationed outside a small, locked room on the third floor of the main library. This is a secure and hallowed space.

“Very much so. This is the room we call the treasure room,” says Pam Eyerdam, fine arts and special collections manager at Cleveland Public Library.  


The massacre in Orlando has many people thinking about the power of hate, and the weaknesses in our defense against it.

An exhibition at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage provides lessons and insights from another dark chapter in world history. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman tours “Operation Finale: The capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann.”

creative playdate
Dominic Caruso / Akron Art Museum

Very young painters and sculptors recently filled the lobby of the Akron Art Museum with their fanciful creations.

In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the little artists had help and encouragement from their biggest fans.

“Creative Playdates” are among the Akron Art Museum’s many programs for children and their families. These get-togethers are for babies and toddlers, and they’re free for museum members the first Thursday of every month.

Once a year they make it a tea party. “It is not just an ordinary tea party. It is a wild tea party.”

Three thousand years of Egyptian history are on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  A special exhibition, “Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt,” is part of the museum’s centennial celebration. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that it combines works on loan from the British Museum with treasures of Cleveland’s permanent collection.