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July 23, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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Program Location: Lakeland Community College Performing Arts Center. 7700 Clocktower Dr, Kirtland, OH 44094. Artists Reception to follow. To attend, please register on Eventbrite


About the Program:

Northeast Ohio is home to a wealth of small arts organizations which mightily support their communities and advance our region’s creative culture. This July, join us as we celebrate their vision, impact, and passionate leadership with an event as BIG as their missions.


As part of the community-wide BIG @SS @RT SHOW, the Artists Archives and The Gallery at Lakeland will host THE BIG @SS @RT TALK featuring the BIG HEADS of the little arts organization. Presented in an exciting rapid-fire format, each organization will have 20 slides at 20 seconds a piece to tell the audience who they are, what they’re up to, and share their dynamic plans for the future.


Held in Lakeland’s Performing Arts Center, the event will spotlight ten leaders from creative non-profits which serve a diverse array of audiences and geographic locations. Speakers include Pat Carroll Bonander (Willoughby Arts Collaborative), Monica Glasscock (Geauga Arts Council), Rebecca Gruss & Julie Polsinelli (Valley Art Center), Nancy Heaton (BAYarts), Letitia Lopez (The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center), Robin Robinson (Sankofa Fine Art Plus), Mary K. Thomas (The U & I of Euclid Avenue), Mindy Tousley (Artists Archives of the Western Reserve), Mary Urbas (The Gallery at Lakeland), and Antwoine Washington (Museum of Creative Human Art).


The fun, fast-paced program is the perfect way to learn about new organizations as well as to hear the latest news on their inspiring projects. Each presentation will also include ways to support their current endeavors and the leaders will be available for questions after the event.


THE BIG @SS @RT TALK will take place on Sunday, July 23rd 2:00 – 3:30pm. An Artists Reception for THE BIG @SS @RT SHOW will directly follow the event.


>>To attend the free event, RSVP on Eventbrite<<


The Lakeland Community College Performing Arts Center and The Gallery at Lakeland are ADA compliant and fully wheelchair accessible. Need special accommodations?We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!


Featured Non-Profit Leaders:


Pat Carroll Bonander, President – Willoughby Arts Collaborative

Mission: The Willoughby Arts Collaborative (WAC) is a charitable non-profit corporation whose mission is to create and support a community rich in the arts, improving the lives and livelihood of residents, visitors and businesses in and around Lake County through a robust connection to the arts.


Monica Glasscock, Vice President – Geauga Arts Council

Mission: Since 2001, the Geauga Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of our community through the promotion of education, access and participation in the arts.


Rebecca Gruss & Julie Polsinelli, Executive Director/Assistant Director & Gallery Manager – Valley Art Center

Mission: Valley Art Center enriches and inspires the community through meaningful visual art education, exhibitions, events, and partnerships.


Nancy Heaton, Executive Director – BAYarts

Mission: BAYarts’ mission is to provide a welcoming lakeside environment to stimulate, encourage and support professional and aspiring artists of all ages through education, exhibition, and collaboration.


Letitia Lopez, Executive Director – The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Mission: The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center transforms lives by preserving, educating, and promoting Latino heritage through the teaching and practice of history, culture, the visual, performing, and literary arts.


Robin Robinson, Co-Director – Sankofa Fine Art Plus

Mission: Sankofa showcases and celebrates African American artists and enriches communities through artistic unification across generations.



Mary K. Thomas, Director – The U & I of Euclid Avenue

Mission: The U and I of Euclid Avenue – A Gateway to East Cleveland  project will brighten and empower the people who live, work, and play in the community. This organization is about place making, and place keeping, installing one mural at a time to the Euclid Avenue streetscape-building momentum and excitement on the street and within the city of East Cleveland.


Mindy Tousley, Executive Director – Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Mission: The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility and regional museum that preserves representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists and, through ongoing research, exhibition and educational programs, actively documents and promotes this heritage.


Mary Urbas, Gallery Director – The Gallery at Lakeland

Mission: The Gallery at Lakeland’s mission is to provide a learning environment that fosters aesthetic literacy and expressive capability through the cultivation of artistic techniques and skills and the exploration of creative traditions and possibilities.


Antwoine Washington, Co-Director – Museum of Creative Human Art

Mission: The Museum of Creative Human Art’s mission is to inspire the creation of art in underserved communities. At the heart of our work is a focus on cultivating conscientiousness, moral agency, core values, and the social attitudes necessary for individuals to make meaningful contributions to society.


July 23, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Dr
Kirtland, Ohio 44094
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