As a former US diplomat, I can tell you that there is not a country in the world, rich or poor, that you can’t learn something from.”

That’s Ronn Richard, president of the Cleveland Foundation, speaking of the Foundation’s Creative Fusion international artist residency program, and specifically its focus on Cuba this Spring. This week, a delegation of Cleveland nonprofit arts organizations will travel to the Caribbean island nation, marking the official start of Creative Fusion 2017. Later in the Spring, each organization will host an artist (or in one case an entire company of dancers) for residencies in Cleveland.  See more at … Cuba, Cleveland and the Arts: An Import-Export Relationship