Cuyahoga Arts Funding Update; Penicillin Allergy Label; Hingetown Murals

There's been a buzz in arts and culture social media circles for the past few weeks, all about proposed changes to a program that funds individual artists in Cuyahoga County. More than 160 Northeast Ohio artists have received creative workforce fellowship grants since 2009, thanks to a tax on cigarette sales. But that program expires December 31st, and a proposed plan for a new fellowship program was scrapped yesterday -- the result of some concerns around the community. David C. Barnett joins the program to break it all down.

And roughly 10% of Americans have a pencillin allergy, meaning they're unable to take that specific antibiotic to fight bacterial infections. But it turns out as many as 90% of people with this allergy label are actually able to tolerate the drug... and most doctors don't refer them to allergists to get tested.

Plus -- located just west of downdown Cleveland, the area known as Hingetown acts as a hinge connecting Ohio City's West 25th Street -- and the Gordan Square Arts District along Detroit Avenue. Along with new businesses and residential buildings, the area has added some colorful artwork in recent weeks... and not the kind you hang on walls. Artists from Cleveland and all over the globe have used the sides of old buildings as giant canvases to bring vibrancy and new life to the streets there. Steve Litt walks us through the artwork and its intended impact to the area.

Additional Links & Information Mentioned in the Show:

Ideastream senior arts report David C. Barnett sat down with CAC's Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills to discuss the end of Creative Workforce Fellowships and where things go now. Listen here.

WCPN Sound of Ideas -- "They Can't Kill Us All," Cleveland Community Police Commission and 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion murals brighten Ohio City's Hingetown -- by Steve Litt, The Plain Dealer

Hingetown Creative Fusion Public Art

 

Guests: 

David C. Barnett, Senior Arts Reporter, ideastream

Lecia Bushak, Health Reporter, ideastream

Steve Litt, Arts & Architecture Critic, The Plain Dealer

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