Just about one year ago, in January 2014, the Cleveland International Piano Competition launched a new program called CIPC ArtsConnect. The program had its roots in Access to the Arts, an organization that was searching for new direction following the death of its founder, Graham Grund. At the time, the program provided concerts for nursing homes in Northeast Ohio using volunteer students from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Changes have abounded in the past year. While still providing concerts in nursing homes, hospice care facilities, hospitals, and senior communities, under the leadership of Director Sophié van der Westhuizen, the program has grown exponentially. CIPC ArtsConnect is now bringing music to a much larger and more diverse part of the community.