What's this Creative Fusion thing all about?

By the end of 2016, the Hingetown area in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood will be home to several public-scale visual art pieces, a legacy of a unique collaboration of international and local artists who are spending the next three months living and working together through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program.

Launched in 2008, Creative Fusion is an international artist residency program that has brought more than 70 artists from around the world to Cleveland. This year, the program is evolving to pair a local artist with a visiting international artist at each of the host arts and culture organizations.

The Fall 2016 cohort has been dubbed the Street Art Edition, and has been formed around the theme of public, street-scale art in a concentrated geographic area. The public artworks, which will include photographic and painted murals and structural sculptures, will be centered along the Detroit Avenue Corridor in Ohio City, along sites chosen to maximize the overall impact for the neighborhood.

Who are the hosts and the artists? 

Six organizations will host an international artist and at least one local artist:

·       Cleveland Print Room is hosting local artist Amber Ford and Chilean artist Loreto Greve

·       Cleveland Public Theatre is hosting local artists Gary Williams and Robin Robinson and Brazilian artist Ananda Nahu

·       Ingenuity Cleveland is hosting local artist Leila Khoury and Mexican artist Luis Ituarte

·       Ohio City Incorporated/Hingetown is hosting local artist Glen Infante and British artist David Shillinglaw

·       SPACES is hosting local artist Ryan Jaenke and Italian/German artist Michela Picchi

·       Transformer Station is hosting local artist Donald Black Jr. and Austrian artist Rainer Prohaska