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History on Tap:


Thursday, February 23, 2023

5:00PM - 8:00PM

Cleveland History Center

10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Join us for happy hour at the Cleveland History Center to celebrate Black History Month with our History on Tap event! Focusing on the life and works of Allen E. Cole and the ongoing perspective of black culture through art in Cleveland, we will host interdisciplinary artists from Cleveland’s ever-expanding visual arts community.


Special performance by DJ 8-bit Collaborative art stations

Unique photo opportunities

Meet and greet with local artists

Pop-up exhibit showcasing WRHS Collections Access to all museum galleries

Free with paid admission to the Cleveland History Center. Cocktails, beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase.



The Cleveland Photo Fest has been selected to participate in the Cleveland History Center’s History on Tap in celebration of Black History Month. The History Center’s theme focuses on the life and works of Allen E. Cole as well as the ongoing perspective of black culture through art in Cleveland. This year’s festival celebrates the work of Cleveland Photographer Alan E. Cole (1883 – 1970). Cole, as as archived by the Cleveland History Center, produced over 50,000 photographs of people and places in Cleveland’s African American community. In 1922 he opened his first studio at 9909 Cedar Avenue, supplementing his income with commercial work and commission work for eight white-owned studios. Cole earned numerous prizes and commendations at state and local exhibitions. His photographs were frequently published in The Call and Post. The collection consists of approximately 30,000 black and white and color negatives; 6,000 black and white and color photographs; and 1 oil painting.

The Cleveland Photo Fest is proud to sponsor educator and photographer Randy Norfus and his Cleveland students, and Jumar Newell, CEO of LaunchArts Media.  Jumar will introduce several local photographic artists.


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