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The Cleveland Orchestra announces
Hough as 2016 “At Home” Neighborhood Residency Community

The Cleveland Orchestra and The Cleveland Museum of Art partner to celebrate Hough through Music & Visual Art

Residency Activities and Arts Education Programs run throughout the summer, June to August

Focal point of Residency takes place August 6 – 11, 2016 with a variety of musical performances, and art-making activities

August 6 “A New Day in Hough Community Festival” at League Park

August 11 Free Cleveland Orchestra Concert at East Professional Center Auditorium (formerly East High School) with a Pre-concert Showcase of Community Music and Art

Release Date:  May 1, 2016

CLEVELANDThe Cleveland Orchestra is proud to announce that its next “At Home” neighborhood residency will take place in Hough, from June to August 2016. For this residency, The Cleveland Orchestra will join with the Cleveland Museum of Art to celebrate music and art in this historic neighborhood east of downtown Cleveland. This new partnership between two of Ohio’s premier cultural organizations is designed to engage communities in new and meaningful ways. Hough residency activities will take place at locations throughout the neighborhood, including Fatima Family Center, Rainey Institute, Langston Hughes Library, Eliza Bryant Village, League Park, Château Hough Vineyards, and East Professional Center Auditorium. Activities will include solo and chamber music performances in unique locations, music and art education programs at recreational centers, art-making opportunities, and a series of new artistic collaborations with churches, civic groups, and other community organizations.

Hough was chosen for the Orchestra’s “At Home” residency because of its historic significance and its proximity to University Circle, home of The Cleveland Orchestra and The Cleveland Museum of Art.  Developed together with Hough community leaders, the collective goals of this year’s residency are to create collaborative arts programs that engage residents of all ages and can be sustained in the Hough community, and to use music and art to highlight for the broader Cleveland community all of the good things happening in Hough. 

A focal point of the residency is a week of concentrated activity in August beginning on Saturday, August 6, when the Orchestra and Art Museum participate in the annual “A New Day in Hough Community Festival” at League Park (sponsored by Councilman TJ Dow) with the CMA’s centennial art truck, Studio Go, and Cleveland Orchestra Instrument Discovery. The activities culminate on Thursday, August 11 with a free community concert by The Cleveland Orchestra at East Professional Center Auditorium (formerly East High School) and a pre-concert showcase of community art and music, featuring a special display of the CMA’s “Clevelanders’ Portraits from Hough.” The August 11 concert will be broadcast live on-air and online by WCLV 104.9 ideastream®. 

“We at The Cleveland Orchestra are passionate about our commitment to community engagement, and our unique ‘At Home’ neighborhood residency initiative is one of multiple programs that enable us to provide more great music to as many people as possible,” said Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director André Gremillet. “We look forward to working closely with the Hough community and to creating a deep and meaningful connection with this historic part of Cleveland. We are excited to collaborate again with The Cleveland Museum of Art, another world-class institution, to build upon the success of our past partnerships.”

“The Cleveland Museum of Art belongs to and, for one hundred years, has played a huge role in this community. Our neighbors’ voices inform the programs we offer both at the museum and throughout our city, helping us to make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audience. The museum has been present and on-site in the Hough community for several years, reaching out with a wide variety of offerings designed to engage and excite children and adults of all ages. We are thrilled to collaborate with The Cleveland Orchestra, another world-class cultural organization, as we combine our resources to delight and inspire Hough residents,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

LaJean Ray, director of the Fatima Family Center, said, “I am excited that so many great organizations in our community will benefit from the partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra and The Cleveland Museum of Art. This will ensure that toddlers, youth, seniors, adults, and families will enjoy the education, the music, the art, and the opportunity to create their own masterpieces over the next few months and beyond.”

To date, the following community partners are involved in the 2016 residency: City of Cleveland, Cleveland UMADAOP, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Churches of Hough, Eliza Bryant Village, Fatima Family Center, Langston Hughes Library, League Park, Lexington Bell Recreation Center, Rainey Institute, Château Hough, and Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, as well as WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, and WCLV 104.9 ideastream®.

Additional details of the Hough residencywill be announced in May and June, including a schedule of neighborhood events presented by each cultural institution and the process for acquiring tickets for the free, public Cleveland Orchestra concert on August 11, 2016.

The Cleveland Orchestra launched its “At Home” neighborhood residency initiative in May 2013 in the Gordon Square/Detroit-Shoreway community of Cleveland, followed by The Cleveland Orchestra At Home in Lakewood in 2014, and The Cleveland Orchestra At Home in Broadway-Slavic Village in 2015. During each intensive residency, Cleveland Orchestra musicians work in tandem with local partners — schools, churches, libraries, restaurants, bars, nursing homes, community centers, local artists, and more to engage with residents through arts and cultural activities, to bring increased visibility and vibrancy to Greater Cleveland’s neighborhoods, and to share with more people the opportunity to experience performances by the Orchestra and its musicians.

From its beginnings at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square, to making music on Lakewood’s front porches during PORCHestra, to a free Family Concert at the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland (Broadway Club) in Slavic Village, as well as free Cleveland Orchestra concerts in iconic venues in each residency location, and a wide variety of educational programs, The Cleveland Orchestra is ‘building community,’ one neighborhood at a time. “At Home Neighborhood Residencies” in Gordon Square, Lakewood, and Broadway-Slavic Village have served thousands of citizens in and around Cleveland.

Cleveland Museum of Art: Commitment to Community
The Cleveland Museum of Art belongs to the community — to people of all ages, all backgrounds, and all walks of life.

More than one hundred years ago, the founders of the Cleveland Museum of Art envisioned it as an essential community resource. They assembled a world-class collection and established a wide variety of programs designed to engage children and adults of all ages, bringing to life the founding mission statement “for the benefit of all the people forever.” Listening to community needs and engaging in meaningful programming continue to be implicit in the museum’s work and allows the museum and its
offerings to be accessible to the broadest possible audience.

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