Art Celebrating Books Celebrating Diversity Coming To Cleveland

This article in Crains has everything: Cleveland, public art, nondescript pictures taken from a train, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the Republican National Convention.

Per the report, a $150,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation will support the City’s plan to install public art along one of its mass transit lines. The money supplements $357,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, and represents a first step in an effort to put art along the whole transit system.

The Foundation said that the resulting artwork will be inspired by its Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Crains writes. This annual literary prize “recognizes books that confront racism and celebrate diversity,” and installations will honor past winners, such as Toni Morrison and Martin Luther King Jr.

And it’s all slated to be installed before the Republican National Convention descends in July 2016.

Over at, Book Awards manager Karen Long came as close as anybody to describing the significance of linking public art to this particular literary event.

“This is a thrill – on about 14 levels — and one of the best developments in the 80-year history of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards,” [Long] said in an email.

She said the public art program “will put our titles and authors along the arteries of the city, and into the daily lives of our citizens.”