Robin VanLear, the Director of Community Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the creator and Artistic Director of Parade the Circle will reflect on her nearly 30 years at the helm of Parade the Circle. Parade the Circle, annually employs over 50 artists from greater Cleveland and around the globe and draws a crowd of 80,000 spectators to the University Circle area. This year's event takes place on Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Public workshops where the staff helps with your parade entry begin in May and continue until the parade. Basic workshops are Fridays from 6:00–9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30–4:30 pm. CDPUG members Jamie Hills and Spike Radway enjoyed participating in these workshops in 2017.
In addition to sharing her reflections, Robin will describe her interpretation of Community Art and how it relates to the world of graphic design and to local members of the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group.
Robin VanLear is Director of Community Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is the creator and artistic director of Parade the Circle, the “I Madonnari” Chalk Festival and the “Winter Lights” Lantern Festival.
The recipient of multiple Ohio Arts Council grants and the Governor’s Award for Arts Outreach, Robin was also honored with the first Joseph Piggott Award, the Judson Smart Living Award and twice by Northern Ohio Live for Event of the Year. In 2001 she was the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Robert P. Bergman award.
Robin was artistic director for “Seeking Radiance” the collaborative performance/installation presented at Spaces Gallery in Fall 2010 as part of the “Cleveland Arts Prize Goes Live” project that celebrated 50 years of the Cleveland Arts Prize. She was a 2010 Creative Workforce fellow. Her FusionFest project, “Marigold Wars”, was made possible by this fellowship and a 2011 Launch Fellowship from Playhouse Square Foundation. Robin received a second Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2014.