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The American Library: Highlighting the Immigrant Experience through Art

The British Library, 2014 Hardback books, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, gold foiled names, five wooden chairs, five iPads, iPad stands, headphones, interactive Application and antique wind-up clock   At first glance, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tennis pro Anna Kournikova, guitarist Carlos Santana, and First Lady Melania Trump couldn’t be more different. Even so, they are connected by a single shared…

Library Art Exhibits Spark Thought and Conversation about Our City, Democracy, the People among Us and Food Insecurity

Cleveland Public Library is more than just books. It is a place for visitors to discover and explore art.  Five exhibits currently on display throughout the Library system will entertain, inspire, teach, challenge, and celebrate the beauty and greatness of our city. “Cleveland Public Library’s art installations reflect democracy, the history of protest, Black culture, life in Cleveland, and power…

Baggage Claim: Reading Garden Installation Celebrates New Beginnings

I often think of my kids when I think of progress. The idea of the future, of the possibility of something new happening, is what fascinates me about youth. I can see myself in them—I can see whole alternative ways of living. Artist Darius Steward Darius Steward’s Baggage Claim, in Search of New Beginnings, an installation embracing themes of identity,…

Rose DeSiano’s public monument, “Reflect & Refract Democracy,” engages the Eastman Garden

Public education is democracy playing out. It’s the democracy of knowledge, how people should have access to information across all levels, classes, and educations. So it’s perfect to have that work in a public space like a library. Rose DeSiano, Reflect & Refract Democracy Even in these times of social distancing, visitors to Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden can…

Ruddy Roye

Radcliffe Roye (born 1969, Montego Bay, Jamaica), known professionally as Ruddy Roye, is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, specializing in editorial and environmental portraits, and photojournalism. In high school, he was immersed in music and the performing arts. He immigrated to the United States in 1990, and in 1998 graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in English…