How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes
a Sojourn Theater production
at Cleveland Public Theater
By Scott Myers
Alejandro Tey in the Regional Premiere. Photo Brud Giles
Field Trip Report
So many cool things happen in Cleveland that we in Akron could tap into to our benefit, but somehow that 40 minute drive up 77 seems overwhelming. Gina Burk instigated an Akron contingent – Stephenie Leonardi (aka Leo) with Summit Lake Build Corp, Beth Vild with Big Love, and myself – to visit a performance at Cleveland Public Theater Saturday evening, January 27th. Here’s what we found:
Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) is like the older sibling to the Balch Street Theater in Akron. Both produce and stage theater events that speak to our times and places.
Posted in Charity, Community, Poverty
Tagged Akron, Balch Street Theater, Cleveland, Cleveland Public Theater, Daily Needs, Direct Aid, Education, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, Making Opportunities, Poverty, Sojourn Theater, The History of Poverty America, United Way of Greater Cleveland
The long and arduous process includes Akron
as a key resettlement sanctuary
Story by Tom Crain
Walk any neighborhood in North Hill these days and you’re bound to take note of a distinctive culture of new immigrants frequenting the residential sidewalks, business districts, school playgrounds and city parks. They wear colorful shawls, saris and robes of homespun wool accessorized with decorative gold and coral headpieces, bangles, rounded wool caps and turbans. Most talk in a funny dialect called Nepali (similar to Hindi or Punjabi) accompanied with a written alphabet resembling “chicken scratch.”
These distinctive and striking people have also created a new crop of Asian markets piled floor to ceiling with rice-filled burlap sacks, shelves of dried mango powder, cardamom pods, fermented millet wine and in back, goat meat and pig’s feet. New cafes feature the popular cuisine of momo (dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup). The many who are non-Christian, congregate in temples practicing Hindu and Buddhism. The youth form their own soccer clubs and also play cricket. These tight-knit families can also be seen on warm, sunny days fishing, frogging, berrying and ‘shrooming all along the city’s nature trails.
Posted in Community, Neighborhoods
Tagged Akron, Asian, Bhutanese, Burma, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Akron, International Institute of Akron, Myanmar, nepali, North Hill, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, United Nations
Written by Gina Burk
Local collaborations focus on building a system with a “triple-bottom line” measure of social, economic and environmental impact in an industry affecting approximately 16 percent of the national and regional economy, according to government statistics.