The Fixers is a collaborative artwork that was made leading up to the 2016 Republican National Convention. In journalism, a fixer is a well-networked local who helps a foreign journalist find quick entry into a story, by introducing them to people who are in the know.
Cleveland artist Kate Sopko, with filmmakers Robert Banks, Angela Beallor, Elizabeth Press, Chelsie Corso, Tom Laffay and Paul Sobota, created a series of short films that follow Clevelanders invested in urban vitality and social equity on tours they would give RNC delegates, if given the chance.
In this video a Cleveland reproductive health advocate and a long-time midwife drew together local practitioners to examine how doula and midwife involvement is helping address Cleveland's high infant mortality rate, particularly among women of color.
This project was on display at SPACES from May 20 - July 21, 2016, along with public dialogues hosted at venues around Cleveland. The Fixers was also on display at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY from June 18 - July 31, 2016. www.thefixerscleveland.com