On Sunday, July 30th, the Cleveland Foundation sponsored an event called Common Ground that took place at about 40 different locations in the greater Cleveland area. The goal of this large-scale event was to encourage residents of Northeast Ohio communities to come together and discuss ideas on how to improve their communities and to create sustainable economic growth in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. At each location, a topic of discussion was proposed and participants could choose to attend the event held at a certain location based on of this information.
Mario and Eva attended one such location to discuss the use of arts and creativity to improve the community through education and collaboration. This particular discussion was held at Cosmic Bobbins in Shaker Square. About 17 community members attended, most from the Shaker Heights area. The discussion revolved around how art is defined, what sorts of groups and businesses support the arts, how to better support the arts, and how to incorporate it into everyday lives of the people of Cleveland in order for them to enjoy and learn more about it. Many good topics and ideas were brought up, ranging from how to encourage non-profits and for-profits to collaborate on such projects, to how to reach out to certain neighborhoods, to what sorts of events would capture the attention of the public. Another topic that was addressed was how to reach out to other groups and organizations to take part in community events, among those, Cleveland’s diverse international culture groups and organizations.
Cleveland is lucky to have such a diverse population from different backgrounds and cultures who bring different perspectives on art, even through language. Knowing multiple languages can give a person different ways of thinking about the same object, situation, or event. Mario mentioned that even translators are artists, since they are responsible for presenting the same meaning in a different language, think creatively in order to do so skillfully.
Localingua is proud to have provided the Spanish translations for the promotional flyers for Common Ground. If you have a community event that could benefit from having some materials translated, shoot us an email or give us a call today!