About the Glenville Artist-in-Residence Program

Twelve Literary Arts seeks to develop what it calls “an ecosystem for literary artists of color in Northeast Ohio and beyond”. In doing so, TLA works to ensure that the artists residing in the apartments of the Robert P. Madison Building at GAC will contribute to the GAC ecosystem as artists-in-residence; making it a true “arts campus” in every sense of the term.

Twelve Literary Arts has chosen three artist/activists who have been provided with apartments at the newly-renovated Madison Building in Cleveland’s historic Glenville neighborhood. The apartments are offered at a reduced rental rate of $700 per month.

Residents selected for the program by the TLA Board of Directors will explore ways in which their work can impact campus, community, and city alike.

In selecting the residents, preference is given to artistic practices that:

  • Examine themes relevant to the Glenville community
  • Encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation in culture-based collective transformation and change
  • Engage issues of race and ethnicity, including, but not limited to: questions of discrimination, anti-racism, and institutional manifestations
  • Privilege teaching methodologies as an integral part of the creative process
  • Deepen understandings of race, class, gender, and sexualities, as well as their interconnections and implications

Twelve Literary Arts Announces 2019-20 Glenville Artists-in-Residence

Photo of Architect Robert Madison

About Robert P. Madison

Architect of the historic Madison Building

Robert P. Madison is the first African American architect in the state of Ohio. In 1954, Madison founded the architecture firm that still stands today, Robert P Madison International, Inc.

In 1962, Madison designed the first office in Ohio for Black medical professionals and has since been remodeled and renamed The Madison in his honor.