Ignite: A Celebration of the Burning River

Ignite: A Celebration of the Burning River Jim Ridge 2017 Presenter Transformative Arts & Culture category June 2018 On June 22 (the same day the river caught fire), the 2nd Annual Share the River Ramble took place in expanded format and included a music and beer event at the Ramble’s start/end point – Rivergate Park….

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If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk Chris Webb 2015 Finalist Transformative Arts & Culture category February 16, 2018 In 2015, Chris Webb, became one of the five Accelerate finalists for his idea,”If These Walls Could Talk” – a film that animates abandoned buildings to tell 100 years of history from their neighborhood. The production is complete…

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I Am Hollywood

I Am Hollywood Alex P. Michaels 2015 Presenter Transformative Arts & Culture category October 5, 2017 Alex P. Michaels has a dream to create a local movie industry in Cleveland. He pitched projects to help bring that vision to reality at the inaugural Accelerate event in 2015 and again in 2016. He continues his quest and…

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Imagination for our Imagined Nation

Imagination for our Imagined Nation Daniel Gray-Kontar 2017 Finalist Transformative Arts & Culture category Daniel Gray-Kontar pitched his idea at Accelerate 2017 to send five young Cleveland artists to the Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in San Francisco in Summer 2017 through his Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator. In addition to the $2,000 Daniel won at…

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The Midnight Society

The Midnight Society Adam Kern 2016 Presenter Transformative Arts & Culture category Adam Kern pitched his idea (co-created by Beth McGee) for an immersive, site-specific theatrical event using storytelling through dance and music, based on the Cleveland torso murders at Accelerate 2016. Kern is currently directing “Shadow of the Run,” an immersive theater production set…

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