In The News
May 2020 — Cleveland Institute of Art
It's time to celebrate at Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA).
"You are the glue and the vision that is going to bring us all together... I cannot wait to see what you bring to this world." —Charna Sherman
Alumni and friends from around the world recorded messages of congratulations to share with CIA students, faculty, and staff—and especially the Class of 2020. Watch the video messages along with Charna's complete message starting at 01:45.
April 27, 2020 — groundworksdance.org
"I did this as head of Cuyahoga Arts Culture because having a vibrant arts and culture community is just so critical to our entire ecosystem... Thanks to all of you." —Charna Sherman
April 24, 2020 — groundworksdance.org
The Groundworks "dance" debut went live as the contest shifted to an online competition—It Takes Two, GroundWorks DanceTheater's annual fundraising gala.
The inspiration for Rosie v. Rona came from one of Charna's favorite local dress designers — Project Runway contestant and founder of Yellowcake, Valerie Mayen — who just like ROSIE the Riveter, swiftly drafted her small army of sewers to fight this deadly co-RONA-virus, by making thousands of masks for our local hospitals. That's right, we can beat this mortal enemy by hanging tough and together! See the competition and vote.
February 12, 2020
Sherman, president of CAC’s Board of Trustees, explained that the search process has been transformational in “helping us clarify the critical strategic work this County needs for arts and culture.” Paulsen’s long tenure and demonstrable success as interim executive director led Sherman to recommend Paulsen’s promotion to Executive Director. Read the news release.
FEBRUARY 2020 — ideastream.org
“What became clear is what we needed was stability. We needed the expertise of the person in our own house,” Sherman said after CAC’s February trustee meeting. Read the article.
FEBRUARY 2020 — cleveland.com
“She stepped up to the plate and kept CAC, our board, our team and all of our partners not just running meanwhile, but thriving,” the board’s president, Charna Sherman, said before a unanimous vote to disband a search committee and promote Paulsen. Read the article.
Charna Sherman joins the 2020 class of Celebrity Dancers at It Takes Two, GroundWorks DanceTheater's annual fundraising gala, the highly-anticipated Dancing with the Stars-style competition featuring local celebrity dancers paired alongside GWDT dancers. Support GroundWorks DanceTheater's.
FRONT re-appoints Charna Sherman to serve on the Board of Directors. FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art—A regionwide art program that brings together international, national, and regional artists, curators, and scholars to propose a new format for biennials and triennials.
December 11, 2019 — The Plain Dealer
“You don’t achieve ends of equity smoothly, but the results now are proof positive that we can move toward real change,” says Charna Sherman, CAC board president. Read the full story.
November 13, 2019 — The Plain Dealer
“I can’t get over the dynamism of our entire arts community and the increase in positivity and working together,” states board president Charna Sherman. Read the full story.
August 2019 — Cleveland Public Theatre
Charna reflects on the "electricity of the uber-creative" found at Pandemonium, the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) annual fundraising extravaganza. PANDEMONIUM 2019: ALCHEMY takes place September 7, 2019, where the CPT campus will transform into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual, and performance art. Read more about the event and the complete interview.
"There is a sense that we really need to move quickly," Sherman said. "We are now operating on almost half of what we had originally, and what we want to find is: what's the stream that's going to bring us back to where we started?" Article by David C. Barnett, ideastream.com
November 2018 — The Plain Dealer
The trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) approves the distribution of over $12 million in grants to a record 282 Greater Cleveland arts organizations in 2019, 25 more than in 2018. Read the full story.
Newest board member Gary Hanson serves as CAC’s liaison in the effort to search and present a candidate for the executive director position. Estimated board approval, Spring 2019. Read the full story.
Charna Sherman transitions from Vice President to President of the Board of Trustees, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Charna Sherman, who serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, has been re-appointed for the term April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2021. Article by Peter Krouse, cleveland.com; Article by Scott Suttell, Crain's Cleveland Business; Article at Cleveland Jewish News
Ruby Shoes sponsored an extensively reviewed installation at FRONT International of a sculpture by acclaimed artist A. K. Burns titled The Dispossessed, after feminist Ursula K. LeGuin's 1974 novel of the same name, which in her words explores "the lines of gender." Article by Alex Greenberger, ARTnews; Article by Zack Hatfield, Artforum
February 2018 — The Plain Dealer
"At some point, we have to move from process to actually helping artists in our community," states Sherman. Read the full story.
December 2017 — The Plain Dealer
The Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture met to approve its $14 million operating budget for 2018 and deal with other administrative matters. Read the full story.
Charna Sherman appointed to the position of Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for the term April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018.
November 2016 — The Plain Dealer
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approves $14.5M in grants, and fields questions about proposed shift in individual artist grant program. Read the full story.
Over the 2016 RNC, Sherman served as the Executive Producer of an art installation by two Brooklyn artists, Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, at The Transformer Station, whereby a 3,000-pound ice sculpture of The American Dream was melted down.
FRONT International appoints Charna Sherman to serve on the Board of Directors. FRONT International: Cleveland Exhibition for Contemporary Art is a new large-scale, multi-venue, citywide contemporary art program that will take place in Cleveland every three years. FRONT is set to launch its first edition, An American City, in 2018.
Cuyahoga County Council confirmed County Executive Armond Budish’s nomination of Charna Sherman to serve on the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees for a three-year term.
April 2016 — The Plain Dealer
The board of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture voted to spend $175,000 to fund a free public concert by the Cleveland Orchestra in Public Square. Read the full story.
Charna E. Sherman recently secured the acquittal of Moses in The People vs. Moses, A Mock Trial at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Moot Court room. The People were represented by the former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, who charged Moses with aiding and abetting the murder of the first born of Egypt. Read the reviews. Follow on Facebook.
The Ruby Shoes Fund supported CIA’s Community Works series, shining a spotlight on Women to Watch - Ohio. The Women to Watch Exhibition was on display at The Reinberger Galleries April 2 - May 2, 2015, and received rave reviews. The Cleveland Institute of Art, in collaboration with the NMWA, hosted this first-ever Ohio exhibition. The NMWA is the only museum in the country dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women artists through exhibitions, acquisitions, educational initiatives and archival research. Charna E. Sherman was a board member of the Cleveland Institute of Art.
In celebration of a milestone, Sherman arranged in April for a small troupe of talented “Broadway wannabes” to put on a reading of a new original play for Cleveland investors. In a dream come true, the show's opening in December met with rave reviews from the New York Times. Read reviews.
November 14, 2013
Charna E. Sherman Law Offices Co., LPA sponsored the LC12—Raising the Bar (Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2012) quarterly meeting, an evening featuring the Cleveland Institute of Art's Reinberger Galleries CIA alumnus Richard Anuszkiewicz, one of the giants of 20th-century American art.
October 10, 2013
Charna Sherman and Char Fowler invited over 75 women leaders from across the community to join them as “Charleaders” for the incredible work underway at the Cleveland Public Theater and the Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) on the advancement of women and girls in the theatre. Click here to see photos from the event or connect on the GSAD Facebook Page.
July 2011 — Published by American Bar Association
In this first-ever publication, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firm, the ABA turned to 101 women among the nation’s most successful lawyers to recount their experiences and insights in creating law firms of their own, either as a solo practitioner or with others, over multiple decades. The book was published in July 2011 by the ABA's select Commission on Women in the Profession, and has received much acclaim.