Art Ball

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

AT THE MADISON

Assembly for the Arts is excited to announce our inaugural Art Ball to celebrate those who support the arts and to showcase the wealth of arts and culture that makes Cleveland a leading arts city! The Art Ball is going to be a signature arts event for our community and a key fundraiser for Assembly. Together we sparkle!

$150 Art Ball Ticket gives you access to the cocktail reception, dinner, main program, and after party

$50 After Party Ticket includes dessert, full bar, and dance party

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Can’t attend? Consider a donation to help us reach the goal!

ABOUT THE ART BALL

Assembly works to expand the pie of resources and increase racial equity for greater Cleveland’s $9.1B creative sector. In the last year, Assembly has successfully secured more than $6.3M in public ARPA funds to support cultural nonprofits, individual artists, and cultural businesses in our communities.  We’ve also engaged BIPOC creatives in fellowship opportunities, entrepreneurial, career-advancement, and networking opportunities. The Art Ball is a fundraiser to help us keep that momentum going!

About the Artists

We’ve got a great lineup of local artists and performances in the works. More soon!

Recognition

A special award will be presented to Tony Panzica, CEO/President, Panzica Construction Company, for his longstanding and committed support and leadership to the arts community.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

PLATINUM

Huntington Logo

GOLD

CHANN FOWLER-SPELLMAN

JEREMY V. JOHNSON

RICHARD W. POGUE

SILVER

Beck Center for the Arts
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Medical Mutual
The NRP Group
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Vocon
Drs Nancy Wolf and Aric Greenfield
Adrian and Margaret Krudy
J. Shorey

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Download Sponsorship Packet

LEVELS

DIAMOND: $25,000 Presenting Sponsor includes 2 tables to invite 16 of your VIPs to the Art Ball. The sponsor also receives a 1/2 page Ad in the print program and logo on event signage. Your logo will appear prominently in the special e-newsletter to over 6,700 people. You’ll be mentioned in social media posts a minimum of 6x times promoting the event. You have the option to select 1 activation, and will make brief welcome remarks for up to 2 minutes from the stage.

PLATINUM: $10,000 Sponsor includes 1 table to invite 8 of your VIPs to the Art Ball. The sponsor also receives a 1/4 page ad in the print program and logo on event signage. Your logo will appear in the special e-newsletter to over 6,700 people. You’ll be mentioned in social media posts a minimum of 4x times promoting the event. You have the option to select 1 activation.

GOLD: $5,000 Sponsor includes 1 table to invite 8 of your VIPs to the Art Ball. Your name will be listed in the Art Ball print program. Your logo will appear in the special e-newsletter to over 6,700 people. You’ll be mentioned in social media posts a minimum of 2x times promoting the event.

SILVER: $2,500 Sponsor includes 4 admissions to the Art Ball, your name listed in the Art Ball print program, and your name listed in special e-newsletter to over 6,700 people.

BRONZE: $1,000 Sponsor includes 2 admissions to the Art Ball and your name listed in the Art Ball print program

ACTIVATIONS

Activations are available to Diamond and Platinum sponsors on a first come, first served basis.

  • valet
  • cocktail hour
  • bar
  • signature cocktail
  • merch in gift bag
  • signature entertainment
  • photo opportunity
  • after party

Don’t see something listed? Let’s connect!


WAGE Session for Artists and Groups that Hire Them

Assembly for the Arts Workbench Session: A Conversation with W.A.G.E.

Virtual Event: November 3, 2022, 4:30 – 6 p.m. ET

Assembly for the Arts is bringing artist and organizer, Lise Soskolne, to the Workbench Session on November 3, 2022.

During this virtual session, Lise, a co-founder and core organizer of Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) will introduce its primary programs, W.A.G.E. Certification and WAGENCY, and discuss W.A.G.E.’s broader effort to organize artists, institutions, and soon art workers, around a shared politics of labor. A group discussion will follow.

Since its founding in 2008, W.A.G.E.’s work has developed in service of a single achievable goal — regulating the payment of artist fees in the nonprofit sector. In the context of contemporary art, in which the unpaid labor of artists supports a multi billion-dollar industry, W.A.G.E.’s mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract artists’ labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.

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About Lise Soskolne

Lise Soskolne is an artist with over 15 years of work experience in arts presenting, administration and development at downtown New York City nonprofits. Since the late 1990s these have included Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Diapason Gallery for Sound, Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts, Participant Inc, and Roulette Intermedium. Along with many others, she is a co-founder of W.A.G.E. and has been its core organizer since 2012.

W.A.G.E. Certified institutions in OH

  • Wave Pool, Cincinnati, OH
  • FRONT International, Cleveland, OH
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH


Assemblies - December 2021

Assemble for a Unified Voice - December 2021

  • WHAT/WHEN:
    • Non-profits: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    • Artists: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
    • Businesses: Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
  • WHERE: Virtual conference, details can be viewed by clicking the button below
  • COST: Free
  • HOST: Assembly for the Arts
  • REGISTRATION: Required, please click one of the buttons below to register


Register for One of the Virtual Sessions

NON-PROFITS

Wednesday,
December 15, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

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ARTISTS

Wednesday,
December 15, 2021

 6:00 – 7:00 PM

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BUSINESSES

Thursday,
December 16, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

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Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


Assemblies - November 2021

Assemble for a Unified Voice - November 2021

  • WHAT/WHEN:
    • Non-profits: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    • Artists: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
    • Businesses: Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
  • WHERE: Virtual conference, details can be viewed by clicking the button below
  • HOST: Assembly for the Arts
  • COST: Free
  • REGISTRATION: Required, please click one of the buttons below to register


Register for One of the Virtual Sessions

NON-PROFITS

Wednesday,
November 17, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

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ARTISTS

Wednesday,
November 17, 2021

 6:00 – 7:00 PM

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BUSINESSES

Thursday,
November 18, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Register

Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


Cleveland Mayoral Debate - October 11, 2021

Assemble for a Unified Voice: Who Has Your Vote?

After months of campaigning, the results of the September primary elections have narrowed seven candidates down to two. On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Clevelanders will have a chance to cast their votes for their city’s next mayor.

The City Club of Cleveland, in partnership with Ideastream Public Media, will host the general election debate on Monday, October 11th with Cleveland mayoral candidates: Justin M. Bibb, nonprofit executive, and Kevin J. Kelley, President of Cleveland City Council. The debate will feature the voices of Clevelanders on the issues that matter in their neighborhoods and communities.

Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer at Ideastream Public Media will host the debate. Joining alongside him are a panel of journalists: Nick Castele, Reporter at Ideastream Public Media; Lawrence Caswell, Field Coordinator at Cleveland Documenters; and Elizabeth McIntyre, Executive Editor at Crain’s Cleveland Business.

This 90-minute debate will be broadcast at 7:30pm EST on WVIZ PBS, 90.3 Ideastream Public Media, and at cityclub.org.

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Assembly for the Arts is a proud sponsor of this event hosted by The City Club of Cleveland.


The Arts Vote - October 18, 2021

The Arts Vote

The arts sector is a powerful voting force and change-making partner in Cleveland.  How will the arts be integrated and considered in Cleveland’s future Mayoral administration? Be a part of this historic discussion and collective voice in support of arts and culture. Jeremy Johnson, President & CEO, Assembly for the Arts will facilitate this 90-minute forum.

Assembly for the Arts and CAN Journal, will host The Arts Vote, a public forum with Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin M. Bibb, nonprofit executive, and Kevin J. Kelley, President of Cleveland City Council. The two organizations are showcasing the power of The Arts Vote by bringing together a multitude of arts perspectives as they present the forum in partnership with Artist Bridge Coalition, Black Local Artists of Cleveland Kuumba, Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, National Independent Venue Associate, and Third Space Action Lab.

Community questions to candidates will be curated in advance. Submit YOUR question for consideration by October 12.

Read more on the candidates views of arts and culture: Justin Bibb | Kevin Kelley.

  • WHAT: The Arts Vote
  • WHEN: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Streamed live via Zoom
  • HOST: Assembly for the Arts and CAN Journal
  • REGISTRATION: Register for email reminders and updates.

Presented in partnership with:

  • Artist Bridge Coalition
  • Black Local Artists of Cleveland Kuumba
  • Cleveland Arts Education Consortium
  • National Independent Venue Associate
  • Third Space Action Lab


Assemblies - September 2021

Assemble for a Unified Voice: Who Has Your Vote?

Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley have won the primary election for Cleveland Mayor.  Assembly invites you to join us as we examine these candidates’ responses to an earlier survey we conducted with our partners at CAN Journal. Let’s discuss what else we want to know and how we can amplify their arts and culture responses more widely. Join us for a report out from Assembly, key themes from last month’s sessions, and a robust discussion about the next mayor of Cleveland and how we can push for new arts and culture-supportive outcomes in city government.

“With a promise of creating a more inclusive and equitable arts and culture community, members will gather from all artistic disciplines, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and abilities to build a better Greater Cleveland.”

We will unite virtually to continue our collective work. At each gathering, receive updates on Assembly for the Arts. Ask questions, share thoughts and share space with your colleagues to advance our collective efforts as creative industries. Together, we will build a unified voice for our creative community.

  • WHAT/WHEN:
    • Non-profits: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    • Artists: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
    • Businesses: Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
  • WHERE: Virtual conference, details can be viewed by clicking the button below
  • HOST: Assembly for the Arts
  • REGISTRATION: Required, please click one of the buttons below to register


Register for One of the Virtual Sessions

NON-PROFITS

Wednesday,
September 22, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Register

ARTISTS

Wednesday,
September 22, 2021

 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Register

BUSINESSES

Thursday,
September 23, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Register

Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


The Inaugural Assembly: August 18-19, 2021

Assemble for a Unified Voice

Attend our inaugural assembly as President & CEO Jeremy Johnson unveils the organization and presents its bold vision and action plan for the future of arts and culture in Greater Cleveland.

  • WHAT: The Inaugural Assembly
  • WHEN:
    • Session 1: Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 10-11 AM
    • Session 2: Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6-7 PM
    • Session 3: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 10-11 AM
  • WHERE: Virtual conference, details can be viewed by clicking the button below
  • HOST: Assembly for the Arts
  • REGISTRATION: Required, please click one of the buttons below to register


Register for One of the Virtual Sessions

SESSION 1

Wednesday,
August 18, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

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SESSION 2

Wednesday,
August 18, 2021

 6:00 – 7:00 PM

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SESSION 3

Thursday,
August 19, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Register

Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


Cleveland Music Industry Conversations: August 4, 2021

Assemble for Music

Join us on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 as our President and CEO Jeremy Johnson sits down with Sean Watterson, owner of Happy Dog, for an informal conversation. The event, meant to encourage opportunities for networking, will introduce Assembly for the Arts to Cleveland’s music community. Jeremy will discuss organizational priorities and how Cleveland’s music industry will benefit from Assembly’s efforts in the arts and culture space.
We hope you can attend! Get tickets today, you won’t want to miss out.

  • WHAT: Cleveland Music Industry Conversations
  • WHEN: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM, doors at 5:30 PM
  • WHERE: Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
  • HOST: Grog Shop
  • REGISTRATION: Required, please click the button below to register

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