The Fixers


While hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention this July, Cleveland expects 50,000+ visitors and 10 billion media hits. Convention-goers will spend the majority of their time in a small section of Cleveland's compact downtown. 

The Fixers is a collaborative artwork asking what the rest of Cleveland-- recently found to be the most economically distressed large city in America-- could tell RNC delegates about how public policy impacts the lives of urban Americans. 

In journalism, a fixer is a well-networked local who helps a foreign journalist find quick entry into a story, by introducing them to people who are in the know. The Fixers asks Clevelanders, who act as cultural fixers, to tell us their stories on what it's like to ride public transit, on young people addressing violence in their neighborhoods, on efforts to increase healthy food access in Cleveland's food deserts, and much more.

Cleveland artist Kate Sopko, with filmmakers Robert Banks, Angela Beallor, Elizabeth Press, Chelsie Corso, Tom Laffay and Paul Sobota, are shooting a series of short films that follow Clevelanders invested in urban vitality and social equity on tours they would give RNC delegates, if given the chance.

This project was on display at SPACES from May 20 - July 21, 2016, along with public dialogues hosted at venues around Cleveland. 
The Fixers was also on display at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY from June 18 - July 31, 2016.
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