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Empowering Youth through the Performing Arts

August 9, 2015 - August 13, 2015

Throughout the world, performing arts are used to showcase humanity and forge positive connections between people. Now more than ever, Cleveland is being recognized as an international hub of culture with the ability to use the arts as a platform for youth engagement and multi-cultural understanding. The city is home to some of the nation’s most acclaimed arts and music institutions, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Playhouse Square, the second-largest theater district in the country. As a reflection of this, performing arts are increasingly being used to confront social challenges faced by Cleveland’s younger generations. From spoken word groups and poetry slams promoting storytelling, to arts therapy programs helping youth heal from trauma, Cleveland supports a variety of initiatives that encourage its youth to take advantage of and benefit from its vast network of arts resources.

CCWA welcomes a group of international visitors from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Gambia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkey, who are coming to Cleveland for a multi-regional project devoted to empowering youth through performing arts. While in Cleveland, participants will examine art therapy programs for youth in crisis, learn about building life skills through arts programs, and explore arts as a tool for community activism and conflict resolution. CCWA will be working with local groups such as Urban Bright Arts-In-Education, Peace in the Hood, the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, and the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word to give our visitors a holistic and immersive community experience. Participants will also have the chance to perform themselves. This project is designed for artists, actors, arts directors, and community arts leaders throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


August 9, 2015
August 13, 2015
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