by Mike Telin
At 7:30 pm it’s the Vanessa Rubin Quintet. Presented in partnership with Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Rubin will sing classics, ballads and blues on the Maiden Lane Stage, 51 E. Market St. in downtown Akron. In case of rain, the concert moves next door into the Musica Club. The event is free.
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture reports that while the wider economy is reopening, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to be devastating for local nonprofit arts organizations and creative workers.
According to a survey of 65 of General Operating Support grant recipients, steady job loss and revenue loss has continued in 2021. The organizations reported 1,636 total people laid off, furloughed or with reduced hours between January and June 2021.
And that after more than 15 months, 65 Cuyahoga County-based arts and culture nonprofits funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture continue to report layoffs as organizations operate with less capacity.
The survey finds that Federal funding is helping to make up some lost revenues and helping groups to adapt programming and connect with residents. But overall, the pandemic continues to negatively impact the creative economy and community quality of life.
From March 2020, when the 65 CAC-funded organizations began tracking, through June 30, 2021, the organizations reported:
- Total people laid off, furloughed, or hours reduced: 4,793
- Total revenue loss: $146,025,012
- Total federal funds (CARES Act, Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, etc.) received: $81,294,617
- Total revenue loss not recouped: $64,730,395
“The hard truth is that the creative economy will be one of the last to recover from the pandemic,” executive director of CAC, Jill M. Paulsen said. “Ohio’s creative industry continues to suffer from the highest unemployment rate among all sectors. CAC has accelerated payment of our grants and worked with Cuyahoga County to secure CARES Act funding, but it may not be enough for some organizations.”
Read the full report here.
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The latest issue of Pure Jazz Magazine is now available online and features a conversation with Tri-C JazzFest favorite Regina Carter as well as a look into the career of clarinetist Ms. Doreen Kitchen.
Since my colleague Jarrett Hoffman did such a great job with last year’s Almanac, I think it’s worth having another look.
Several big names share anniversaries on September 23. Those who died on this date include Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35) and English composer Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006). On the less grim end of the spectrum, pioneering jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-67) shares a birthday with a giant of the flute, Julius Baker (1915-2003), who was born in Cleveland (pictured).
Soon after completing his studies at Eastman and then at Curtis, Baker took up a post as second flute in The Cleveland Orchestra from 1937-41. Short stints as principal flute with the Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphonies followed before he found a home for eighteen years in that position with the New York Philharmonic.
His powerful legacy extends from the orchestral side of the field to chamber music — he was a founding member of the Bach Aria Group — and pedagogy. He taught at Curtis, Juilliard, and Carnegie Mellon, and his many famous students include The Cleveland Orchestra’s own Joshua Smith and Mary Kay Fink. Baker’s dedication to teaching continued until the week he died at age 87 in 2003.
Among his many recordings, here’s a video of Baker playing the first movement of Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto with David Nadien on violin, Leonard Bernstein on piano, and the New York Philharmonic.
On a different note, on September 23, 1938, a time capsule was buried in Queens, New York City. The 7.5-foot-long, bullet-shaped container made of copper alloy is not to be opened until 6939, or five thousand years after the 1939 World’s Fair.
Sealed inside are over 100 objects that, it was decided, captured the spirit of the time — “including a pack of cigarettes, a 35mm camera, a safety razor, children’s toys, money, millions of pages of text on a microfilm, seed samples from common crops such as wheat, corn and cotton, and even handwritten messages from figures such as Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann,” according to the Bureau International des Expositions.
That raises a question that’s maybe a little fun, maybe a little sad: what objects would you bury to represent these times?