Center for Arts-Inspired Learning


Three individuals have been selected by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning to be honored with the first Arts, Education, and Entrepreneurship Awards: Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek, Anna Arnold, and Jeff Lachina. The awards were created in celebration of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's 60th anniversary and will be presented at Icons of Art Party: Decades at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Friday, September 27, 2013.

In addition, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning will present a special leadership award to Mayor Frank Jackson recognizing his commitment to improving opportunities for Cleveland's children by leading the transformation of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and integration of the arts into the school curriculum.

Award winners will receive a framed photograph created by 2013 Apprentices participating in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's arts-based job and college readiness program, ArtWorks, as well as a contribution made in their honor to Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's board-designated endowment fund. Additional donations in honor of the award winners may be made by calling 216-561-5005 or visiting


Mayor Frank JacksonLeadership Award
Mayor Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland

Mayor Jackson is a tireless supporter of quality education and the driving force and primary architect of Cleveland's Plan for Transforming Schools. He is deeply committed to the successful implementation of the Transformation Plan and making Cleveland's schools a recognized model for education, a model where every child has the opportunity to excel, where the classroom experience has the power to transform lives, and where education beyond high-school is attainable for all. He calls for everyone to become ardent supporters of and advocates for a quality education for each child and firmly believes in the vital role the arts play in education.

Stephanie Morrison-HrbekARTS Award
Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek
Founder and Director of Near West Theatre

Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek is the driving force behind Cleveland's Near West Theatre, which is founded on the principle of providing access to all who are interested in experiencing professionally directed theater, regardless of economic status. She assumes a variety of roles to assure the success of the theatre, including actress, director, choreographer, playwright, and producer. Morrison-Hrbek has also been part of the leadership team responsible for the development of Gordon Square Arts District, which will result in a new home for Near West Theatre accessible to all members of the community. Near West Theatre has become an integral component of the neighborhood—many children who are struggling with their identities find themselves, and their voices, through their participation.

Anna ArnoldEDUCATION Award
Anna Arnold
Visual Artist & Director of
Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery

Anna Arnold is a recognized artist and educator who has worked in Northeast Ohio for nearly 30 years. She holds a master's degree in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has exhibited in more than 200 gallery and museum shows and events across the United States. Ms. Arnold is also an innovative and engaging educator who has been invited into schools throughout Ohio, teaching hundreds of children and adults though residences, visiting artist programs, and workshops. Works of art created by Anna and her students grace many public venues and private collections in Northeast Ohio. She has worked with some of Cleveland's most at-risk children, encouraging them to formulate and positively express their thoughts through visual art.

Jeff Lachina
CEO Lachina

Jeff Lachina’s creative achievement is evidenced through the many successes of his company, Lachina. Founded in 1989, Lachina applies the creative use of technology to develop and produce education media for publishing clients, biotechnology companies, hospitals, and related healthcare enterprises. Mr. Lachina embodies the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship, as demonstrated by his willingness to constantly modernize his business model to remain at the forefront of the creative use of technology in educational products. In 2006, Lachina formed a biomedical illustration department to blend the worlds of illustration and science, essentially foreseeing the coming digital explosion of science education and communication. Lachina offers an internship program to high-school and college students allowing them to actively participate in the creative development of Lachina's educational products. He actively recruits from the Cleveland Institute of Art and other area universities to keep his technology young and fresh, while demonstrating to students that an active career in the arts is possible--and can happen right here in Cleveland.


Nominees: Nominations are open to all, and we encourage creativity in indentifying individuals who exemplify leadership and example in the three award categories. We encourage nominations from professional colleagues, business and community leaders, school administrators, and parents.

Narrative: Please provide a one-page narrative describing how your nominee exemplifies the spirit of these awards. Use the attached criteria to frame your thoughts. Provide specific examples that best illustrate your nominee's qualifications.

Evaluation: The volunteer awards committee consists of community leaders, selected by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, who collectively represent expertise and experience as educators, artists, and entrepreneurs. The committee will review all nominations. Every nominee will be notified of their nomination.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning reserves the right to not present the award in any category for which nominations are deemed insufficient. Award winners will be announced in June.

Award: One winner in each of the award categories (Arts, Education, and Entrepreneurship) will be chosen. The award winners will be recognized as follows: