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

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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