Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

What We Do - Special Projects - ArtWorks

ArtWorks - Hired to Create, Inspired to Succeed

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's ArtWorks program is an arts-based job training program for high school students designed to develop 21st Century skills for the workplace through apprenticeships in the arts. Students are hired to work in small groups called co-ops, under the guidance of a professional master teaching artist.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is proud to offer two different ArtWorks experiences to provide more opportunities for students to earn a wage, gain valuable workforce skills, prepare for higher education, and have fun working in an art form of their choice!

To learn more about each of these opportunities or to apply for either one, choose a program below:

ArtWorks Summer

ArtWorks Afterschool

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's ArtWorks is an award-winning program. Founding patron Deborah Ratner and Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski were the recipient's of University Circle Inc.'s 2008 Joseph D. Pigott Leadership Award for bringing ArtWorks to University Circle, involving several other cultural organizations, and making "an especially noteworthy contribution" to the area. The 2008 program also received a best practice honor from national Young Audiences at an all-chapter conference and Ms. Ratner was honored for her vision and annual commitment to realize the program.

In November 2010, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Ms. Ratner with the Philanthropist Leadership award.

In spring 2011, Marsha Dobrzynski was bestowed the Cleveland Arts Prize's Martha Joseph Prize for her commitment to arts education in Northeast Ohio, and Center for Arts-Inspired Learning received the Ohio Association of NonProfit Organizations' Excellence Award for ArtWorks programming. In early December, the organization received the Ohio Department of Youth Services' Director's Community Recognition Award in partnership with the Governor's Council on Juvenile Justice and the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges and Ms. Ratner was honored with MyCom's 2011 Youth Voice Award for Civic Leadership from The Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County's Family and Children's First Council.

In January 2012, ArtWorks was named a finalist for "the coolest internship" award from the Northeast Ohio Council of Higher Education.

2013-14 Sponsors

Cleveland Foundation - Forest City Enterprises - City of Cleveland Ohio - KeyBank Foundation - PNC - Third Federal Foundation

$10,000 +

Abington Foundation
Deaconess Foundation
Eaton Corporation
The George Gund Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Kulas Foundation
Maltz Family Foundation
Meisel Family Foundation
John P. Murphy Foundation

Albert and Audrey Ratner
Charles and Ilana Horowitz Ratner
James and Susan Ratner
Mark and Nancy Ratner
Deborah and Ronald Ratner
The Reinberger Foundation
Thomas H. White Foundation, a Keybank Trust

$2,500 - $9,999

American Greetings
Huntington National Bank
Stewart and Donna Kohl

Abe and Barb Miller
Martin J. Sweeney*
US Bank

* Member, Cleveland City Council

$1,000 – $4,999

Ferro Corporation Foundation
Randall and Barbara Gordon
David and Dozie Herbruck
Faye Kaplan Foundation
Doug and Karen Katz
Sally Menges

Terrell H. Pruitt*
Linda Rae and Dr. Andrew Hertz
Jonathan and Meg Ratner
Barbara Robinson
Katie Solender and Dr. William Katzin
Timothy and Sandy Wuliger
* Member, Cleveland City Council

$100 to $999

Franz and Annie Dienes
Patti and Steve Keener
Arne Klein
Carmel Lapa and Tom Laird

Skip and Marion Murfey
Marty Resnik and Sherri Appleton
Michael and Peggy Wager
Suzanne and Paul Westlake

Additional thanks to the many other individual donors of gifts less than $100 who helped make ArtWorks possible.

Program Partners

Baldwin Wallace University
Cleveland Arts Prize
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland Public Theatre
CSU Foundation
College Now Greater Cleveland
Compass Consulting

Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Halle Building
IdeaStream at Playhouse Square
The Music Settlement
Tailspinner Children's Theater
Tri C Metro Campus

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture - The Halle Building - Cuyahoga Community College - Ohio Arts Council