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Actress Shirley Jones Is Keynote Speaker at CSU Arts Summit on June 11

Shirley Jones, the widely accomplished entertainer whose claims to fame include starring in the beloved 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” is the keynote speaker for the 2015 Creative Voices Summit and Arts Education Day Luncheon on Thursday, June 11, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

Jones, also no stranger to Broadway (where she got her start in South Pacific) or to the big screen (her film credits include Elmer Gantry, for which she won an Academy Award, as well as Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Music Man), will deliver a talk titled “How the Arts Have Shaped My Life and Career.”

Presented by the Center for Arts and Innovation at Cleveland State University, the Creative Voices Summit and Arts Education Day Luncheon is an annual celebration of the importance of the arts in education and in the community. The program is put together with members of Cleveland’s leading cultural organizations, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square and Tri-C JazzFest.

This year’s event is divided into two sessions:

Creative Voices Summit

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre in the Idea Center at Playhouse Square

Dr. Lawrence Sherman, a renowned neuroscientist on the faculty of Oregon Health & Science University, will give an interactive and entertaining presentation on “Music and the Brain,” produced in partnership with ideastream.


Arts Education Day Luncheon

12-2 p.m.

State Theatre Stage at Playhouse Square

In addition to Jones’ keynote address, the luncheon will feature performances by musicians from Greater Cleveland schools.

Reservations are required for each session. Deadline is Monday, June 8. For more information, click here or call 216.687.5018.