Notre Dame College Awarded Grant for “Second Act: A Revitalization of Arts and Culture in the Community”

Senior and student artists and performers from the community collaborate to create inter-generational dialogue, creativity and life-long learning

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC)

Notre Dame College (NDC) has been awarded a $26,000 grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) for “Second Act: A Revitalization of Arts and Culture in the Community.” Second Act will employ arts and culture in unique ways to further engage the College and the community through three theatrical performances, two art shows and a literature-based seminar.

The theatrical performances will consist of three events.


  • The College’s spring musical, All Shook Up, directed by Brian Marshall, on April 4, 5 and 6. ADDITIONAL DETAILS BELOW.

  • On Golden Pond, by Ernest Thompson and directed by Jacqi Loewy,will use both community and student actors and will be presented free of charge for groups of local senior adults and student groups on October 3, 4 and 5. Post-show discussions will offer inter-generational dialogue with students and older adults.

  • Inventions!,also directed by Jacqi Loewy,will be a unique collaboration between Notre Dame College science majors, playwrights and actors who will conduct an outreach tour to local elementary and middle schools on three Fridays in November.Inventions!will serve as an educational tool for both the college students involved in the research and writing of an historical biographical play about inventors and their inventions and the elementary and middle school students who will learn about them in a novel and creative manner.

Through the visual arts, two art shows will engage senior artists from the community and NDC students.

  • A spring All Student Art Show will begin on April 3 in the College’s Performing Arts Center.The show will be juried by senior artists from the community. After the selection of students’ works, the jurors will engage the students in a discussion about their selections.

  • A fall show, Second Act: Senior Citizens Who Reinvent Themselves will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, October 2. Senior artists who did not begin their careers as artists have been selected for the show.  The artists will participate in gallery talks about their reinvention as visual artists.

Both exhibits will be free and open to the public. Tours of the fall show by senior citizen organizations will be encouraged and docents will be provided.

The literature seminar, Books That Changed the World, is an annual seminar series which brings together the academic and greater communities to discuss works of literature that have had a significant impact upon humanity. Facilitated by College academicians, seminar participants meet in nine sessions over a year and use books to delve deeper into larger themes that continue to have relevance in society today.

“Second Act: A Revitalization of Arts and Culture in the Community” recognizes the importance of strengthening community partnerships through engagement in the arts and promoting lifelong learning. Combined with a growing number of other arts and cultural events at the College each year – including Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and Mercury Summer Stock productions, vibrant student productions and art shows and community concerts on campus – Notre Dame College is a strong proponent of community involvement for people of all ages.



Notre Dame College performances of All Shook Up will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 6. All performances will be in the College’s Regina Auditorium.

All Shook Up is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley, book by Joe DiPietro.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for seniors and students. They are available at the door on a cash-only basis. For additional information, contact Jacqi Loewy at 216.373.5189

Following Sunday’s performance from 5-8 p.m. will be a Sock Hop; admission will be free with a ticket stub from All Shook Up or $10 without. Featuring a live band and light refreshments ala a 60s diner, you can join in the fun, meet cast members, and dance like it was 1960!



“Second Act: A Revitalization of Arts and Culture in the Community” is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


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