Please join us at the Centennial Civic Forum next week!

Jun. 02, 2023

Thursday June 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower
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🌎 Why does global connectivity matter?
🌎 How does it benefit Cleveland’s arts & culture sector?
🌎 How can we strengthen international engagement?

Please join us for a free, public conversation about Cleveland’s role as a globally connected city presented by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. The forum will include welcome remarks by Mayor Justin Bibb, closing remarks by County Executive Chris Ronayne, an address by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, and an Arts & Culture Breakout Session moderated by Jill Paulsen, Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and featuring:

  • Jeremy Johnson, President and CEO, Assembly for the Arts
  • Marcie Goodman, Executive Director, Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Sarah Spinner Liska, Managing Director, FRONT International
  • Tony F. Sias, President and CEO, Karamu House
  • William Griswold, Director and President, Cleveland Museum of Art
View of the Detroit-Superior Bridge. Photography by Field Studio.
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Sarah Spinner Liska (she/her) is a lawyer and non-profit leader, who believes deeply in the importance of local and global engagement. Sarah holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, where she received the Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in European History, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Sarah was awarded a Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at NYU Law School and holds a B.A. in the History of Art and French and an M.A. in Humanistic Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

As FRONT's Managing Director, Sarah leads exhibition planning and development, working closely on museum, partner, and philanthropic relationships across the region. Sarah has led important initiatives for FRONT, including securing W.A.G.E. certification and leading FRONT's accessibility campaign to open access to contemporary art to people of all abilities.

Sarah also leads the North American Arts 'Ennials Alliance, chairs the Special Exhibitions Committee at the Maltz Museum, leads the Community Conversations series as a trustee of the Yale Alumni Association of Cleveland, serves on the Johns Hopkins University Second Decade Society, serves as a Governing Member of Cleveland Institute of Music, and as a trustee of The Sculpture Center. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Program Schedule:
12:30 Registration Opens
1:00 Welcome by Mayor Justin Bibb
1:20 Why This Forum Now?
1:45 Sector Breakout Sessions
3:45 Forum Plenary
4:45 Conclusion by County Executive Chris Ronayne
5:00 Address by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley
5:30 Reception