Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is excited to partner with five local leaders and innovators in the arts and cultural community to reach out and connect with more artists and organizations in the County.
CAC’s “Artist Network Leaders” were selected through an application process. CAC considered those who identified as artists or creative persons and who were interested in working as ambassadors for the agency.
Artist Network Leaders will help CAC:
- Broaden its reach to all people, especially local artists not currently connected to CAC.
- Obtain residents’ feedback to be incorporated into CAC decisions regarding support for artists.
- Obtain information that allows CAC to continuously evaluate the various ways of supporting artists to ensure these new approaches meet the needs of the community.
- Live its value of equity, including supporting artists who foster artistic expression deeply rooted in and reflective of historically marginalized or underrepresented communities.
Learn more about the Artist Network Leaders below.
Sandra Albro, research associate at Holden Forests & Gardens
Sandra Albro investigates how improving soil and plants can boost the ecological and social value of vacant lots in Great Lakes cities. She is project manager for Vacant to Vibrant, a project to develop low-cost, low-maintenance urban greening practices for vacant lots to manage stormwater and help revitalize communities in Gary, IN, Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo, NY. Sandra also serves as co-chair for the Cleveland Tree Coalition, a group of more than 40 businesses, organizations, and branches of local government that are working together to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan.
Jason Estremera, associate director, Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development
Jason Estremera manages Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development’s education and outreach programs, assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business development. Jason’s favorite part about his work is the diversity of entrepreneurs that walk in the doors, each one seeking “creative, diverse opportunities and challenges that strengthen character and create economic impact.” Prior to his experience at NEOHCED, Jason worked in retail banking. Jason is a member of Teatro Publico de Cleveland and most recently joined Cleveland’s LatinUS Theatre group. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Public Theater, the Young Professional Advisory Council at JumpStart, the Gordon Square Economic Development Committee and on the Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee.
Vince Robinson, pianist, photographer, and poet
Vince Robinson is a multi-discipline artist. In 1997, he formed his group Vince Robinson & The Jazz Poets. The group has performed on various stages, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Nighttown and WVIZ-TV’s television show Applause. He also serves as the Musical Director for Mwatabu Okantah’s Muntu Kuntu Energy and is a member of the Latin-fusion group Timbara. Over a period of 40 years, his photographs have appeared in publications, libraries and galleries. Robinson is the owner of Larchmere Arts, a photography studio, art gallery and performance venue. Additionally, Robinson is an accomplished poet, with this poetry appearing in publications and on stages as he reads his works around Cleveland.
Kate Snow, printmaker, painter, and co-director, Zygote Press
Kate Snow is a printmaker and painter with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector through both employment and executive board leadership. Previous work with organizations such as Heights Arts has included gallery and board management, development, and program coordination. In 2017 she joined the Collective Arts Network to lead development and outreach efforts for CAN Triennial. She has been a teaching artist for organizations throughout the city including Art House, Boys & Girls Club, Lake Erie Ink, CHUH public schools, Heights Arts, and Zygote Press, among others. She has been awarded residencies in the U.S. and in Germany and continues to show work across the country.