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The COVID-19 pandemic has sent a shockwave through the region’s arts sector, closing museums, canceling concerts and delaying events. Front International Triennial, a huge regional art exhibition scheduled for next summer, announced it is postponing for an entire year due to coronavirus fallout.

Mark Arehart / WKSU

From Cleveland to Oberlin to Canton, the coronavirus is forcing arts and cultural institutions to close their doors. We have more on the far reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how those in the arts are adapting.

a photo of an outdoor sculpture at Cleveland Museum of Art

As Gov. Mike DeWine and health officials urge Ohioans to practice "social distancing" to lessen the spread of COVID-19, area museums are closing their doors to the public.

Carol Cartwright
The Knight Foundation

One of Kent State University’s past presidents is giving the school a million dollars to help students studying the arts. 

Carol Cartwright was president of the university from 1991 to 2006.  She and her husband, Phillip, committed the $1 million estate grant to create the Cartwright Family Fund for Opportunities in the Arts. 

Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield says the gift is special to everyone associated with the university.

Fred Bidwell

Cleveland’s arts community has unveiled an effort to make Northeast Ohio a national and international destination for contemporary art lovers.  Backers say the multi-faceted project will highlight what’s already here by surrounding existing institutions with unique works in conventional and unconventional venues. 


 Before David Bowie became an international rock star, he had to prove himself in Cleveland. The city is credited with launching him beyond his native England. Bowie died from cancer over the weekend at the age of 69.  WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier has this report on Bowie’s Cleveland connection.