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If it had any physical manifestation beyond the medals hanging around the necks of its honorees, the Cleveland Arts Prize would serve as a searching record of local accomplishment in the arts. Inspired by a 1960 lecture to the Women's City Club of Cleveland by composer Klaus Roy, it's the longest-running regional arts award in the country. Prizes are awarded in literature, visual arts, music, dance and design, as well as special awards for emerging and mid-career artists, and a lifetime achievement award.

As the organization prepares for its 50th year, it will at long last have that missing physical manifestation: The Cleveland Arts Prize Winner's Collaborative is a show of work by winners in the visual-arts category, along with two weekend workshops that give an opportunity for CAP winners in the categories of design, literature, music and dance to discuss their work. It's presented at Convivium 33 gallery (1433 E. 33rd St.,, owned by CAP trustee Alenka Banko.

Visual artists showing work include Andrew Borowiec (2006), Linda Butler (1999), Amy Casey (2009), Shirley Aley Campbell (1986), Lawrence Channing (2000), Don Harvey (1991), Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson (2008), Craig Lucas (2008), Ed Mieczkowski (1966), Christoper Pekoc (2007), Judith Salomon (1990), Athena Tacha (1981), LA Wilson (1993) and Brent Kee Young (1987). The exhibit is curated by William Busta, 2007 CAP winner Susan Channing and Banko.

It opens with a reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday, September 25, and continues through October 25.

Weekend workshops will be offered by writer Sarah Willis (CAP 2000, Literature) and urban planner Terry Schwarz (CAP 2009, Design) from 1-3 p.m. October 4; and by Near West Theatre director Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek (CAP 2009 Martha Joseph Prize) and bandleader Ernie Krivda (CAP 2009, Music) from 1-3 p.m. October 18. Workshops cost $15. For information, call 216.881.7828.

The trustees of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture have scheduled a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, at CAC's offices (1375 Euclid Ave.) According to CAC Board President Steven Minter, trustees will immediately go into an executive session to consider the hiring of an executive director.  Minter does not anticipate that the meeting will result in the announcement of a new leader to take over from interim executive director Meg Harris, who is also the organization's director of administration.

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