Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival September 20th & 21st

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival September 20th & 21st

Lincoln Park – 1208 Starkweather Avenue, in Cleveland’s historic Tremont neighborhood, (216) 575-0920. Multiracial and multicultural Festival features fine art, sculpture, and original jewelry, children’s activities and programs, food booths, musicians and performers. Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Free admission.

The Tenth Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival returns to Lincoln Park-Starkweather and West 14th Street- on Saturday, September 20th-11 am-6 pm and Sunday, September 21st-Noon-5 pm. The mission of the Festival is to celebrate the
cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and Greater Cleveland by encouraging the artistic and cultural endeavors of its visual and performing artists.

The weekend Festival is comprised of four categories or program areas which include: Children's-hands-on arts and educational projects; Community-area non-profit organizations presenting material about their mission and services; Cultural-food sales by Tremont churches and other non-profit organizations reflecting the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood; and Artist-sales of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and photographs by Tremont and Northeast Ohio artists. Sixty-five juried artists are eligible for consideration by the jurors for the Festival's top three prizes. The Jurors (all Tremont-based artists) include:
Christina Cassara (Professor and Co-Head of the Dept. of Fiber & Material
Studies, Cleveland Institute of Art - her work has shown all over Ohio as well as in Michigan and Poland), Dana Depew (owner of Tremont's Asterisk Gallery, painter, sculptor, jewelry/metalsmith, and curator of a variety of art exhibits in many northeast Ohio galleries), and Chris Pekoc (Professor of creative drawing at Case Western Reserve University since 1988, participant in more than 110 solo and group exhibitions around the world, known for his experimental mixed-media work, and recent Mid-Career Artist Winner in Visual Arts selected by the Board of Cleveland Arts Prize along with jury chairs).

The Festival will also have music and dance performances both Saturday and Sunday on one main stage located near Kenilworth Avenue between West 14th Street and West 11th Street.

Admission to the Festival is free. The Festival's title sponsor is Target - and support is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional co-sponsors include Councilman Joe Cimperman, Merrick House, Tremont West, Neighborhood Connections - a small grant program of the Cleveland Foundation, WKSU - 89.7, Tremont ArtWalk, Cleveland Scene, The John P. Murphy Foundation, McCormack, Baron, Salazar (the nation's largest for-profit developer of mixed income urban neighborhoods, including Tremont Pointe), MetroHealth Medical Center, and Tremont Scoops Ice Cream and Treats. Graphic design of ads is by Tremont resident and illustrator, Sue Scialabba. Our thanks to Sue, our jurors, and all our sponsors! For questions and information contact Festival Manager, Scott Rosenstein, at (216) 575-0920 or

A trolley stop on the Sparx Gallery Hop on Saturday & Sunday, September 20th & 21st.

Community & Cultural Group Application

Artist booths are full for the 2008 festival, please call Scott to receive a 2009 application in early 2009, 216-575-0920.


70 Artists (including several emerging artists debuting at this Festival)


30-35 community-based non-profits, issue committees, and political campaigns

Children's Programming:

Cleveland Museum of Art including 2 bilingual chalk artists/storytellers
Merrick House
Western Reserve Historical Society
Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library (Jefferson Branch)
Cleveland Police and Fire Dept representatives
And more….

Food provided by:

Chance 4 U - Cyber (Puerto Rican - Yellow Rice, Pork, Chicken, Half Moon Sandwiches including Veggie, Chicken, Pork, Beef, steak Sandwich, Rice & Beans)
Crepes De Luxe - (Crepes, Waffles, Coffee)
Dish Deli - (Beef Brisket Sandwich, Chicken Skewers, Greek Cucumber Salad, Slaw, Corn on the Cob)
Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation - Philoptohos - 2 booths: Gyros, Lemonade & Greek Pastry
Immanuel Lutheran Church/Hooper Farm - Bratwurst, Veggie Stir Fry, Corn, Ribs, Salads, Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Fries, Lemonade, Water, Coffee)
Knights of Columbus Trinity Council, St, John Cantius (Kanty) Roman Catholic Church (Stuffed Cabbage, Cabbage & Noodles, Pop, Water)
Lago Restaurant - (Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup with Gorgonzola & Prosciuto)
Lions Club of Tremont - (Soda, Bottled Water, Candy Bars, Chips)
Merrick House/CPAAHC - (kids meals: hot dogs, chips, pop)
Quest Ministries (Vegetarian, Packaged Health Drinks & Snacks)
St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church - tentative
St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church - (2 booths - BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pulled Pork, Italian Sausages, Hamburgers, Pierogies, Potato Pancakes, Chili, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad)
The South Side - (Steak and Chorizo Kabobs)
Zion United Church of Christ of Tremont (German - Bratwurst, Cabbage & Noodles, Cookies, Popcorn)

Schedule of Performers:

Time Sat. Sept.20th

11:00 am Orion Express (Greek)
11:45 am Poetry Steven Goldberg
12:05 pm Ethnic Jazz (Chicago Style Polka Band)
1:05 pm Poetry Rachelle Gallant
1:25 pm 7 Mile Isle (Caribbean/Steel Drum)
1:55 pm Barnez Nu-bossa nova (Brazilan influence)
2:15 pm Troupe Shabaana Cabaret Bellydancing
3:15 pm The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project (a musical mixture of salsa, funk, fusion, mambo and rhythm & blues)
4:35 pm Hiram Rapids Stumblers (a mixture of bluegrass, old time music, jug band and classic country)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Antaeus Dance (Tremont-based contemporary dance troupe)

Time Sunday, Sept. 21st.

12:00 pm St. Augustine' s Signing Choir
12:50 pm Corisa Bragg (Tremont folk singer and flute)
1:40 pm Cleveland Irish Session (traditional Irish session - fiddle, tin, whistle, bodhran, flute, concertina, bagpipe)
2:40 pm The Ancestors (Ukrainian folk musicians)
4:00 pm Jah Messengers (Reggae)

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Morrison Dance (Ohio City/Tremont-based contemporary dance troupe)

The Festival is co-sponsored by Merrick House, Tremont West, and Councilman Joe Cimperman, Cleveland Ward 13.