William Cleveland is the founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community.
Established in 1991, CSA&C works to build new working relationships between the arts and the broader community. Mr. Cleveland's 25 year history, producing arts programs in cultural, educational and community also includes his leadership of the Walker Art Center's Education and Community Programs Department, California's Arts-In-Corrections Program and the California State Summer School for the Arts. His book Art in Other Places chronicles 22 model programs developed by artists and community development service providers in 17 American communities.
In 1991 Mr. Cleveland joined with a group of creative leaders from business, government and the arts to establish the Center for the Study of Art and Community. The organization specializes in the development and assessment of arts-based community partnerships, and management support and training for artists, and their community and institutional partners. CSA&C works with artists and arts organizations, schools, human service and criminal justice agencies, local and state government and the business and philanthropic organizations. Recent clients include: Maine Community Foundation, McKnight Foundation, New Music-Theater Ensemble, Arts Council of New Orleans, Indiana Department of Commerce, FamiliesFirst Inc, American Music Center, San Francisco Art Institute, American Composers Forum, Opera America and numerous local and state arts councils.
Mr. Cleveland serves on the boards of Partners for Arts Schools and Students, Sarah Elgart Dance Company, Geese Theater Company, Art In the Public Interest, and as a panelist and consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Cleveland is an advisor for Partners for Livable Communities' the British American Art Association's International Arts and Education Initiative and the Urban Arts Institute. He is also a member of the UCLA Artsreach Advisory Committee, and works as an associate of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mr. Cleveland attended the University of Maryland where he studied Psychology. In 1972 he helped to found the Buckhorn Center, a therapeutic community based in Ontario, Canada. Artistically, he has a 30-year history as a professional musician and songwriter. As a member of various performing groups, he has toured the United States and Canada, and performed on both radio and television. Mr. Cleveland was also a contributing editor of High Performance magazine.
Art and Upheaval|
Artists on the World's Frontlines
Author William Cleveland tells remarkable stories from Northern Ireland, Cambodia, South Africa, United States (Watts, Los Angeles), aboriginal Australia, and Serbia, about artists who resolve conflict and heal unspeakable trauma.
A lyrical journey of alternative eclectic songs ranging from afro-celtic, alt-country, and rock to R&B with many surprising stops along the way.