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Foluke Cultural Arts needs $20,000 by December 31, 2018 to help underwrite the production expenses of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf"  Directed by Professor Dale Shields, this production was conceived as a vehicle to raise funds for the continuation of arts ... Read More

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Foluke Cultural Arts needs $20,000 by December 31, 2018 to help underwrite the production expenses of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf"  Directed by Professor Dale Shields, this production was conceived as a vehicle to raise funds for the continuation of arts education programming initiated by Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Central's ONLY Arts center some fifteen years ago.   

Professor Shields, Associate Professor of Theater at the University of Akron,  is a director, stage manager, and actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional). His credits include various projects and assignments at Lincoln Center (State Theatre), The Henry Street Settlement House (New Federal Theatre), The Cleveland Playhouse, The Negro Ensemble Company, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival), St. Clements, Project1Voice, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Penumbra Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Beck Center for the Arts, The Weathervane Playhouse, The Center for Families and Children, The Weathervane Theatre, Mindbuilders, Upward Bound, Youngstown Early Intervention Program, The American Folk Theatre and Karamu House.  

The communities to be served thru this project are the  Cleveland Ohio local artist community, and the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood.  Four Equity Actors, and Two Equity Directors that have shared their gifts within the Greater Cleveland area for decades, and plan to continue to contribute to connect arts learning and social activism, will present in the production.   Foluke Cultural Arts anticipates raising  over $50,000 to contribute to its $107,000 Arts Education programming budget.  The proceeds will facilitate the organizations quest to continue to provide quality instruction while keeping client costs affordable. 

Foluké Cultural Arts Center, Centrals ONLY arts center, is committed to making performing arts and arts education available to all, particularly those who live in “underserved” areas.  The programming of Foluké is family oriented with focus on at-risk children and youth.  The goal is to provide positive alternatives to negative behaviors by instilling discipline, self-pride and boosting self-confidence through self-expression and self-discovery.  Foluké Cultural Arts offers instruction and exposure to the performing and visual arts, and arts education for all ages, regardless of race, religious affiliation or economic background.  The vision of Foluké Cultural Arts is to provide arts services to the greater Cleveland area with a special commitment to the Central ‘Promise’ Neighborhood, and a goal to utilize the arts to serve as a catalyst for academic achievement, socio-economic development and community pride.

Arts Education is central to a youth's individual and social development.  Research shows it raises overall academic performance and builds skills necessary for workplace successes. Foluke Cultural Arts Education programs provide a safe haven for youth during Out of School Time Hours, and during the summer.  Too many children are in crisis.  Academic achievement of inner city children is on the decline.  Impoverished children disconnected from a nurturing home often learn about life from the street, and drugs, gangs, and violence are pervasive forces that still the innocence of childhood.  It is the goal of Foluke Cultural Arts Center to provide 'safe' places to dream, create, build self-esteem and do things that feed the soul.

The targeted population, the Central Promise Neighborhood is primarily, young, black and poor.  Families are dominated by 1,672 singles mothers.   Centrals oldest and youngest residents are much poorer than those of their counterparts in the Greater Cleveland area.  In addition, Central is also has the largest concentration of public/subsidized housing, consisting of 5 complexes in an eight mile radius.  The Promise Neighborhood, according the the 2012 census, have 2,042 of its residents with annual incomes below $12,000, and no disposable income for arts classes. 

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Foluke Theater Production Fundraiser

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Foluke Theater Production Fundraiser

Dava Cansler, on behalf of

Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Foluke Cultural Arts Center is seeking $20,000 in donations to present "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf"to raise funds to keep arts education programming affordable in Cleveland's Central Promise Neighborhood. Donations will help underwrite production costs.

Dava Cansler

Dava Cansler is the Founder and Executive Director of Foluke Cultural Arts Center She has worked diligently over the past 15 years to meet the challenges of securing funding and donations to keep Foluke Cultural Arts operational and in the Cleveland Central Promise Community

Cleveland, Ohio

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    Dava Cansler

    8 days ago