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    Join in the fun ! AHA! Cleveland, winner of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's 2013 Creative Culture Grants, is a multi-day festival of lights celebrating Cleveland's recent downtown development boom and will "illuminate" changes to our urban landscape. AHA! will bring people together from across the region to demonstrate what is possible in our beloved downtown public spaces through artist installations using light and video projections. Featured artists include Yvette Mattern, Obscura Digital, Jen Lewin, and Iván Juárez. In addition to these installations, each night will include public...

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    WatsonOne does not need to be a Chess Champion, a Chess Researcher or a Chess Historian to be touched by the greatness of the John G. White Chess Collection, at the Cleveland Public Library.  The enchanting displays of chess, checkers and chess boards can literally transport one through time. 

     John G. White was a prominent Cleveland attorney who donated an impressive collection of Chess, Checkers, Folklores, and Orientalia to the Cleveland Public Library at the...

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    Unequaled in his artistic and technical execution of woodcuts and engravings, 16th-century German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) revolutionized the art of printmaking. The exhibition Dürer’s Women: Images of Devotion & Desire features over fifty of his impressions from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s distinguished collection of Dürer’s prints and considers the artist’s multivalent depictions of women over the course of his career. Exhibit is on display Sunday, June 22, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014. The Cleveland Public Library collection...

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    Mopope 1 The Kiowa Six (more commonly known as the Kiowa Five) were artists from the Kiowa Tribe, who were Plains Indians located in western Oklahoma. The artists in the group are Jack Hokeah (1900–1969), Monroe Tsatoke (1904–37), Spencer Asah (1906– 54), James Auchiah (1906–74), and Stephen Mopope (1900–1974). The sixth member was a woman, Lois Smoky (1907–81). All the artists, except Tsatoke, were educated at the St. Patrick's Mission School near Anadarko, Oklahoma....

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    This Roll of Honor contains many Greater Cleveland men and women who served in World War II. Their names were added to the large four volume set by mothers, wives, sisters, fathers, and brothers of the men and women who were serving in all branches of the U.S. military. The book was dedicated on May 6, 1942 by  Louis B. Seltzer, editor of the Cleveland Press and Mayor Frank Lausche and given to the Cleveland Public Library to be permanently housed once the war ended.

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     Albert Ayler – Jazz Artist by Bill Anderson, 2008)

    Albert Ayler expanded the expressive possibilities of jazz saxophone and helped to develop the free jazz of the 1960s. Born in Cleveland, he carried his music first to Europe and then to New York City bringing the ecstasy of gospel music into jazz. He worked with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, and Sonny Rollins; his own groups included his brother Donald, Gary Peacock, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, and Ronald Shannon Jackson. He influenced his contemporaries like Rollins, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders, and is an influence today on younger...

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    Founded in 1987 by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, seeks to highlight the work of women artists in all media and to educate the public about their achievements. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the museum is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing...

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     The Drawing Center is the only fine arts institution in the U.S. to focus solely on the exhibition of drawings, both historical andcontemporary. It was established in 1977 by curator Martha Beck (1938-2014) to provide opportunities for emerging artists, to demonstrate the diversity of drawings throughout history; and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture. Watch for a special event this year in the Fine Arts Department exhibiting Cleveland artist Corrie Slawson....

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     12 Years A Slave        

    12 Years a Slave is known as the best historical documentation of slavery in the deep south of Louisianna on the Red River. It was written by Solomon Northup, a man who was born free and taken from his wife and three children to be sold into slavery. This story tells of the hardships he endured during his time as a slave until his rescue in 1853. The book was published the same year he was freed, and was recently made into a movie by Steve McQueen in 2013. A first edition copy of the book will be available for viewing at the Cleveland Public Main Library in Spring 2014.

    Porgy and Bess

    Set in the poor fishing...

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         As a devoted surgeon, professor, inventor and medical researcher, George W. Crile (1864-1943), one of four founding members of the Cleveland Clinic, is a local hero whose accomplishments are known and recognized throughout the world. Crile’s research and achievements helped many people throughout his life, and even after his death.





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