Cleveland Arts Prize honors 2021 winners at ceremony

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The most recent batch of Cleveland Arts Prize (CAP) winners had been celebrated on the Cleveland Museum of Artwork Wednesday night time.

This yr’s honorees — a mix of CAP and particular prize winners — stepped as much as the Gartner Auditorium stage to formally settle for their medals.

Metropolis Membership CEO Dan Moulthrop served because the host of the night. Moulthrop set the temper early, strolling onstage wanting skilled from the waist up in a tuxedo jacket and button-up shirt. The remainder of his outfit was decidedly Zoom informal — a pair of boxers, socks and clogs.

“So, we’re not digital this yr… famous,” Moulthrop mentioned to a laughing viewers, earlier than main right into a sequence of jokes in regards to the Browns, Guardians, Cleveland mayoral race and the artists in attendance.

On a extra critical word, Moulthrop famous the significance of the CAP winners and Cleveland’s arts scene.

“We’d like all of those voices,” Moulthrop mentioned. “They’re our truth-tellers, they’re our light-bearers and we want them now greater than ever.”

These winners included Afrofuturist collective Mourning A [BLK]star and sculptor Lauren Yeager within the rising artists group, and actor Alice Ripley and artist Corrie Slawson within the mid-career group. Poet and musician Raymond McNiece received the “lifetime achievement” prize.

S even out of eight members of Mourning [A] BLKstar convened onstage to obtain their prize from presenter Kisha Nicole Foster. Vocalist Kyle Kidd addressed the viewers: “This night we stand earlier than you as a real manifestation of our ancestors’ desires.”

Together with the honour and medals that include an arts prize, CAP winners additionally obtain $10,000.

After all, the night time wouldn’t have been full with out some performing arts. The Kaboom Collective supplied music from a string part in between speeches. There have been additionally few breaks for particular person performances throughout the night.

A delicate, intricate guitar efficiency by Grammy winner Jason Vieaux captivated the viewers, whereas the dynamic duo of dancer Dominic Moore-Dunson and trumpet participant Tommy Lehman placed on a novel, highly effective present. Da Land Brass Band carried out a boisterous tune throughout the night’s In Memoriam phase.

Past the performers and CAP winners, different distinguished Clevelanders received particular prizes in honor of their work within the arts and humanities advocacy.

Theater director Joseph J. Garry Jr. earned the Robert P. Bergman Prize and devoted the prize to his late accomplice David O. Frazier. Frazier, who died in 2016, acted in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Nicely and Dwelling in Paris,” a long-running play directed by Garry which led to Playhouse Sq.’s Seventies revitalization.

Comfortable Canine proprietor Sean Watterson received the Martha Joseph Prize. Watterson famous that he’d be internet hosting an afterparty at his music venue and restaurant on Wednesday night time.

Cleveland Museum of Artwork board member and nonprofit founder Clara Rankin earned the Barbara S. Robinson Prize, and longtime Cleveland Orchestra conductor Franz Welser-Most earned a particular quotation from the CAP board of trustees.

Welser-Most was the final winner introduced on Wednesday night time, and he shared tales of his love of Cleveland, experiences conducting for native excessive faculties, friendships, and his 20-year historical past in Northeast Ohio. The CAP ceremony came about the night earlier than Welser-Most formally kicked off his twentieth yr conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

Whether or not established artists or newer to the scene, this yr’s CAP recipients represented the variety of Cleveland’s arts scene and showcased among the most fun art-makers within the metropolis at present.

Learn extra in regards to the 2021 Cleveland Arts Prize winners at clevelandartsprize.org.

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