Cleveland as a Comedy Hub

Ramon Rivas, II has visions of Cleveland as a national comedy hub. He pitched his idea to bring nationally-known talent to Cleveland for his annual Accidental Comedy Fest. The festival that enriches Cleveland’s performing arts scene and raises Cleveland’s profile in the national conversation while providing a platform for local talent to work with emerging…

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If These Walls Could Talk

“If These Walls Could Talk” was Chris Webb’s idea for an urban arts project that engages youth to research and creatively present the history of abandoned properties, as a way of honoring Cleveland’s history, strengthening community identity, and igniting a conversation about the future of the community. Chris pitched the idea at Accelerate 2015, and…

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Bring Crime 2 Cleaveland

Alex P. Michaels and Peter Lawson Jones wanted to shoot a crime web/TV series in Cleveland, Ohio. While real crime hurts a region and leaves marks that takes years to heal, the fictional crime series was intended to create jobs, strengthen the economy, and give an outlet to tell stories that can bring the community…

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The Turkish Art of Marbling

Murat Gurer wanted to promote the Turkish art of marbling (EBRU) in Greater Cleveland. EBRU is a form of historical art technique, which is still a custom throughout the world. He pitched his idea to introduce this art and hold workshops to educate the community and eventually host a museum exhibition at Accelerate 2015. As…

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A Celebration of Words: A Literary Unconference in the City

On February 25, 2015, Lee Chilcote pitched his ideas for a literary “unconference” in the heart of the city that would offer writing workshops, classes, talks, readings and performances. Its purpose, to foster and nourish the city’s literary community, expose youth and adults to writing and reading, and use the literary arts as a tool…

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