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Art as a viable profession

Presented by iN Education, Inc. and Cleveland Institute of Art and SPACES at Online/Virtual Space

Jun 18 2020
Art as a viable profession

An open panel discussion with Northeast Ohio creatives

There are many misconceptions surrounding art as a profession. The fear of becoming a “starving artist” discourages many from exploring how to earn a living with their creative passions. We wish to change this.

Please join us for a conversation with Augusto Bordelois, Jessica Howard, Megan Young, and Jordan Wong, as they share their insights, experiences, and expertise in pursuing art as a viable profession.

This online event is a part of T.E.A.L. forum series, an iN Education’s Battle of the

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Augusto C. Bordelois (Havana, Cuba, 1969) graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English Language and Literature. He has also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design for theatre and cinema, classical drawing and painting.

His visual artwork has been awarded much recognition in Cuba as well as competitions in the United States. He has participated in more than 130 national and international group shows and 34 solo exhibitions. Some of his works are in private collections in Cuba, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Germany, Chile, Switzerland, England and Norway. His work is also part of the permanent collection of Cleveland Marshall College of Law / Cleveland State University and The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR).

Augusto’s literary works have been published in magazines such as Kastello, and Hojas Literarias (Spain). He has also written and illustrated short stories for children and teacher activities’ guides. He was the founder and main teacher of “Taller de Niños” (Children’s Studio) at 23 & 12 Art Center in Havana, and also the co-founder of the multimedia marketing company “2 Pasos.” He co-founded and co-directed “Proyecto Horizontal”, a partnership of 65 Cuban artists, in which capacity he was invited to curate and present a group show at Cleveland State University 1999.  Between 2002 and 2005, he was the founder and editor of The Art Fix – an electronic weekly newsletter that showcased and promoted local, national and international artists.Augusto has participated as a costume and float designer at different carnivals in Cuba and also at Parade the Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. He has assisted in landscape designs of public spaces, coordinated community art programs and created many public art pieces across Ohio.

Augusto is a teaching artist at the Center for Arts-inspired Learning (previously known as Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio), The Art House and the Ohio Arts Council. He has served as a board member at Near West Theater, and the Center for Arts-inspired Learning. He is a member of CSU’s Cleveland Arts Education Consortium Diversity Committee. He has been featured as a guest lecturer at Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University.

Currently, he owns and directs Augusto Fine Art Studio and Art Center in Berea, Ohio. Visit

Jessica Howard is an artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Through a combination of digital and traditional media, her work illustrates a deep spiritual connection to the natural world. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art (Painting, ’14), and has worked there for three years as the coordinator for the Continuing Education department. Her work can be viewed online at

Megan Young directs immersive performances, interactive installations, and community engaged projects. Notable credits include: City University of Hong Kong, Open Engagement, Ammerman Center for Art & Technology, Art Souterrain, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Arts Center, MCA Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, Ohio University Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, SPACES, Transformer Station, and Zygote Gallery. Performance and embodied installation credits include: Chicago Home Theater Festival, Links Hall, SpinOff Festival, Salonathon, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Cleveland Playhouse Fusion Fest. Her work is featured in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR). Young is recipient of two residencies with the City of Chicago (DCASE). She has been awarded residencies at Ammerman Center for Art & Technology, Site:Lab Rumsey Street Project, CounterPulse, National Center for Choreography in Akron, Playhouse Square’s Idea Center, and Prairie Center of the Arts. Additional awards include two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants and a Creative Workforce Fellowship (CAC/CPAC). Young is the Interim Executive Director of SPACES in Cleveland and previously managed their international residency program. She has taught for Akron University, Kent State University, and Baldwin Wallace University. She holds a BFA in dance from Ohio University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art & media from Columbia College Chicago.

Jordan Wong (WONGFACE) loves to delight, inspire, and share his quirky sense of humor through illustration and graphic design. He draws inspiration from his experiences as an Asian American, tongue-in-cheek humor, and imaginative quirkiness.Since relocating to Cleveland in 2015, Jordan has started his own business, showcased artwork throughout the city, became AIGA Cleveland’s Community Outreach Director as well as the chapter’s president in 2020, worked on the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Support for Artists Planning Team, and assumed the role of design partner at the art organization SPACES.

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