The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio dedicated to humanistic inquiry. The Festival engages the public in addressing some of society’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival partners with our region’s major museums, educational institutions, and arts organizations.
The theme for the 2023 Cleveland Humanities Festival is "Wellness." What is wellness? Where does wellness dwell? Does society bear full responsibility for collective wellness, or is it ultimately up to a person to decide for themselves? Mental, physical, social, spiritual—is any one sphere of wellness more important than another? Who decides? What aspects or forms of wellness are always celebrated and what others are dormant or less well known? How much does the physical environment—air, water—figure in? Should the food we eat simply feed our bodies, or should it nourish our minds and spirits? And what happens when approaches to wellness no longer work, or worse, go wrong? These questions will be addressed by Cleveland area arts, cultural and educational organizations through a series of public events in the spring of 2023.