BAYarts honors Bay Village's Liz Maugans at Moondance
BAYarts' Moondance fundraiser provides a a unique opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who help promote a quality of life that is dear to the BAYarts mission. Past honorees include Tom Schorgel of Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) and Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks' visionary CEO. In this important year, with the renewal of the much publicized art-tax levy, it is even more important to shine the light on the individuals that directly or indirectly have been influential in BAYarts' growth and reputation as the west side destination for cultural and community events.
Bay resident Liz Maugans, with her hands-on approach and inspiring energy, has been BAYarts' greatest cheerleader, as she is for countless organizations she believes in. A tireless advocate for the power of art for economic and social change, her signature can be seen on projects throughout northeast Ohio.
When Liz isn't in her role as executive director of Zygote Press, a print studio she co-founded 20 years ago that now anchors the St.Clair/Superior Arts District, she has been instrumental in creating and facilitating projects that have made an impact on the development of communities throughout the region.
Some of the projects in which Liz has been involved include "Rooms to Let" in Slavic Village, where temporary art installations in vacant houses engaged the community; "Arts Advocacy Fluxus Project," which used print and statistics to highlight art's impact on those outside of the field, including legislators, business owners and schools; and Zygote’s TRADES Project which connected labor/union employees and artists.
Liz formed The Collective Arts Network to connects art leaders throughout northeast Ohio (one of the key elements in this organization's growth) and Zygote recently opened a satellite shop "Ink House" as part of the revitalized Waterloo Arts District. Liz is also the founder and board member of the successful CAN Journal, a magazine devoted to visual arts which you can pick up for free around Bay and Westlake. She is on many panels, speaker's bureaus and will knock on anybody's door if she sees an opportunity to make a difference.
In her free time, Liz is an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Lorain County Community College and teaches and exhibits at BAYarts among other organizations. She has received the Creative Workforce Fellowship from CPAC, Artist and Communities Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and was the recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. Her work is in private and public collections nationally including the Glidden House and Progressive Corporation.
She and her husband, John Bando, have three great kids who go to Bay Schools and take BAYarts classes.