Festival’s Special Focus on the Artists Series

Series’ Second Year – Freedom and Love: A Celebration of Visual and Performing Artists from Cleveland’s LGBT Community

The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival celebrates the artistic & cultural heritage shared by diverse populations & immigrants who settled here & built our community with their lives & cultural contributions. In 2018 we began a special four-year series – Focus on the Artists – designed to showcase minority and under-represented visual & performing artists integral to our neighborhoods’ diverse cultures & immigrant heritage. The Tremont Festival’s focus has always been on diversity; however, this series is about populations of artists. The artwork needs to meet standards of artistic excellence, but there is no specific topic or theme for the artwork. We are focusing on the people creating the art.

In the series’ inaugural year, 2018, our Focus on the Artists program – Sin Fronteras/Beyond Borders emphasized visual & performing artists from Cleveland’s Latino community.

The series brought the Festival into partnership with leading Latino organizations on Cleveland’s west side, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center & the Hispanic Business Center, representatives of which served on the program’s steering committee.

  • The program feature Artists’ Galleries recognizing the life & art of 4 Latino Established artists & 3 Latino Emerging artists
  • A La Placita marketplace
  • The Festival’s Main Stage pulsed with music & dance of 6 Latino performing arts groups

In 2019, we will welcome the return of Latino established and emerging artists and La Placita vendors.  In addition, we’ll spotlight LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender) visual & performing artists. A Gallup Poll in 2015 found that 3.7% of the population of Cleveland self-identified as LGBT – which means approximately 260 Tremont residents, 14,060 city of Cleveland residents, and 74,000 residents in NE Ohio may self-identify as LGBT. Patron surveys of our Festival-goers reflect somewhat over 11% of our patrons identify as LGBT – around 2,700 patrons in 2018.

Our LGBT visual and performing artists series, Freedom and Love, will feature:

  • galleries for LGBT Established and Emerging artists
  • booths for community groups with special outreach/programming to greater Cleveland’s LGBT community (including community partner/sponsor) The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
  • We anticipate featuring several LGBT performing artists among our Main Stage performers as well
  • Advising & implementing the Freedom & Love program is a 7-member Advisory Committee (please see Advisory Committee Bios attached) composed of members of diverse race, ethnicity, age, economic status, gender identity and sexual orientation

The same programming format will apply:

  • 2020 –  when African Diaspora – African-American/African/black Caribbean are spotlighted
  • 2021 – when Arab/Middle Eastern artists are spotlighted