Every year since 2008, the Cleveland Foundation’s international arts residency program, called Cleveland Fusion, has brought in “accomplished or rapidly rising” artists from around the world to be hosted by local cultural institutions and collaborate with area artists on a commissioned project during their three-month stay.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga and the river’s restoration, this year’s Cleveland Fusion program is called Waterways to Waterways and its projects aim to encourage ongoing progress here and around the world, while sharing Cleveland’s lessons in how to reimagine a river.
“When we were considering how our artist residency program could have an impact in 2019, we thought the Cuyahoga River and environmental justice would be a perfect fit,” said Lillian Kuri, Cleveland Foundation vice president for strategic grantmaking, arts and urban design initiatives, in a news release. “The Cuyahoga River Valley, clean water and Cleveland’s role in environmental protection are important focal points for the local and international artists to share ideas, reflect and innovate together.”
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