Creative Fusion is an urban-based, community-engaged residency program for international artists created by the Cleveland Foundation.The program consists of two, three-month residencies in Cleveland in the spring and fall each year. Each residency period hosts up to six artists from cultures not well represented currently in Cleveland’s professional arts sector.

The program is primarily interested in artists from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, New Zealand and Australia. Invited artists get the opportunity to develop new work and share a contemporary view of their culture with our community.

Artists are nominated for the program by a panel of international nominators. Cleveland cultural organizations are able to select an artist from this pool of vetted nominees and serve as the artist’s host and creative home. The host organization is fully responsible for the artist, providing housing, transportation, orientation to Cleveland and other assistance as needed. The host also provides the conditions to support new creative work, creative exchange with local artists, and engagement with the Cleveland community – particularly with young people. Host organizations receive a grant from the foundation that covers all major costs of the residency.

Information taken from:

Art House Creative Fusion Artists:

Alka Mathur

Cheikhou Ba

Huda Lutfi

Schools that were reached through creative fusion:

Luther Memorial School

Lake Erie College

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Cleveland Public Theater Station Hope

Intergenerational School

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Cleveland Heights Senior Association