Channeling Venice in Cleveland

Plans to rejuvenate the Rust Belt with international art biennale - Latitude News podcast #4

Jack Rodolico By Jack Rodolico

Giancarlo Calicchia’s “Genesis,” a 28-foot long, 2,000+ pound wooden sculpture. (Credit: Dan Moulthrop)

Could Cleveland, Ohio become the American Venice, a global art hub on the shores of Lake Erie? That’s the Big Idea of Italian-born artist and businessman Giancarlo Calicchia. He admits that his home town, like many in the Rust Belt, has a “serious lack of self-esteem” but argues an art Biennale could revitalize the city. So what do people in Italy make of this plan? And what do they know about Cleveland itself? Prepare for a thought provoking and sometimes hilarious international mash up in our latest podcast. Listen to it below, or click here to sign up for an automatic download.