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Art that gets to the point  •  July 12-14 @ 7:30p

Short Form is an anthology of live arts that get to the point. Artists from all over the creative spectrum showcase original performances that are funny, absurd, or experimental, but above all short. Each act is 10 minutes or less in this tapas-style celebration of multi-disciplinary local work.


  • Marcia Custer
  • Meredith L. King (with Courtney D Love)
  • DJ Red-I (of Fresh Produce)
  • Meg Matko
  • Samuel McIntosh
  • Ben Oblivion
  • Jeremy Paul
  • Max Well Shell.


Intro to Contact Improvisation


Movement Workshop  •  July 28-29  •  3pm-6pm

In this 2-day workshop, explore the principles of Contact Improvisation including full body listening/tuning with Josh Hines and Kelly Hurlburt of Seabus Dance (Columbus). No experience needed; all are welcome.

Fee for the workshop is $50 for the weekend. If you are able to donate to help cover the cost for someone who may need it, see the "Standard *PLUS* option". For information about workshops subsidy/scholarship, please email 

Drop-In Jams •  July 28-29  •  7:30pm each night

The workshop will culminate each day with an improvisational jam session facilitated by Josh and Kelly, and open for the broader community to attend.

Donations will be accepted at the jam to help support the cost of the workshop.


Making Your Life As An Artist

Free Workshop  •  The First Monday of the month  •  August-November 2018

If you are a Cleveland artist or maker within any form or discipline, we invite you to join Maelstrom Collaborative Arts in forming a microcosmic artist community that addresses the major questions laid out in Artists U's nationally acclaimed "Making Your Life as an Artist" book and workbook. Each session is FREE and will include group, partner or individual check-ins, writing and thought exercises, discussion, and direction for out-of-session extension activities centered around ideas like:

  • Why artists are poor and why we shouldn’t be.
  • The crucial role artists play in culture, and why it’s often under-valued.
  • Tools and principles artists have used to thrive.
  • Why artists already have the skills needed to make balanced, sustainable lives.

Books and Workbooks are FREE by PDF download at

Sessions will be facilitated by Marcia Custer, with the support of Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, Arts Hatchery! and the leaders of Artists U. Marcia is a performance artist who can be found in Cleveland making one-woman noise-musicals, singing in freak-pop band Half an Animal, acting in the online series 2 Divorced Moms, or sharing her work outside of Cleveland in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., and other cities nationally.



Orchard STEAM Club


Education Program  •  Spring 2018

Entering its third year, the Maelstrom STEAM Club is a creative space for girls to explore the intersection of the arts and STEM subjects. In the midst of the ongoing contemporary educational movement to put the "A(rts)" into "S(cience) T(echnology) E(ngineering) M(ath)," our club at Orchard School champions artistic and scientific work at the borders of previously defined disciplines in the same manner of our professional performances. In 2018, program lead Lauren Joy Fraley is joined by guest artists Brittany Benton, Sequoia Bostick, Annie Clark, and Marcia Custer, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School district and with generous support from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation