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.

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blue collar crucifix
VIVIAN GOODMAN / WKSU

A ceramic art show at the Canton Museum of Art evokes bitter memories of shuttered plants and lost jobs.

It also celebrates the courage of those who lived through the decline of manufacturing throughout the Midwest.

“Blue Collar” is the work of two sculptors who grew up in a small Indiana factory town.  

Kelly Phelps chairs the art department at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Kyle Phelps is on the arts faculty at the University of Dayton.

They are identical twins.

Jessica Pinsky
VIVIAN GOODMAN / WKSU

When the Cleveland Institute of Art moved last summer to the $75 million complex on Euclid Avenue it had been building for six  years, it had to make hard choices, like downsizing its fiber program.

There was no place to put the equipment, including 17 floor looms.

But adjunct professor Jessica Pinsky had an idea that jived with the institute’s philosophy of field-based  experiential learning.

“I proposed that we keep this incredible equipment together and we open a non-profit arts association 

somewhere else in Cleveland.” 

Jack Schantz
SUSAN BESTUL / CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The drum roll leading up to Christmas will have a jazzy beat this weekend. Traditional Christmas classics will get a hip twist from the region’s jazz musicians and visitors, too. 

As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports, those well-known tunes provide an easy introduction to what some consider a difficult art form.

  The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s Jack Schantz is glad Christmas time is here, for musical reasons. The trumpeter and flugelhornist looks forward to performances at this time of year with band leader, Paul Ferguson.

Theater-goers in Cleveland have an opportunity this weekend to see a familiar story presented in a different way. 

The production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Masonic Auditorium is an opera.

It’s rarely been heard anywhere, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports this will be the first time ever in Cleveland.

It’s a fully-staged opera in 3 acts with full orchestra. As rehearsal begins the stage crew works on a multi-level set crammed with furniture. There’s scaffolding, backdrops, giant video projections, multiple costume changes.

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