Join Us at the Intersection of Arts and Water
A wide variety of Cuyahoga50 arts events, exhibits, and performances are taking place throughout 2019. Events will continue to be added in the coming months. Please fill out this form if you’d like your arts event or exhibit included.
The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways Edition is bringing together a group of six international and six local artists to focus on projects that connect the Cuyahoga’s regeneration to global waterways. This initiative incorporates works that artists are doing around the world that will inspire continued progress in Cleveland, and vice versa.
Airport Youth Art Contest
CLE is partnering with Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and Cuyahoga50 on a Youth Art Contest called Celebrating Clean Water, Igniting the Future. Ages 6-18 are eligible, with entry forms due by Feb. 22, 2019.
October 19, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Alexis Rockman, an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, celebrates the natural majesty and global importance of the Great Lakes while exploring how they are threatened by climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl.
February 2, 2019
Calling all soul sisters and brothers, soldiers and squares! Pull on those funky threads and tear it up at the year’s most out-of-sight gig. Explore protest, revolution, and change through the sounds, grooves, duds, suds, and moves of this pivotal year in which the river burned and the eagle landed.
February 9, 2019 at 8pm
The Akron Symphony presents Debussy's La Mer in concert, in partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center. Echoing the mysteries of the sea, Debussy summons the emotional power and psychological depths of wind and waves. Composer Stella Sung’s seascape introduces a watery dialogue between marine and human life. And Moby Dick rises again in the haunting music of Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite composer.
February 14 – March 2, 2019
Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event, returns to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River in an all-new version. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland's history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways.
February 27, 2019
Join the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Public Theatre at Happy Days Lodge to witness selections from Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland’s history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland’s waterways.
March – April 2019
Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival will explore the theme of "Nature" from a variety of humanistic perspectives
March 16-17, 2019
More than 15 local poets have written about the Cuyahoga River Fire from different perspectives: personal, environmental, and political. Their amazing words will be performed by three professional actors under the direction of Chennelle Bryant-Harris. The event is free, with a reception afterwards with the poets, performers and director.