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The Cleveland Institute of Music Night for a Knight

Jim Corcoran with Claudine and Olivier Roques
(Night for a Knight)

Josh Knerly and Griffith Mann
(Night for a Knight)

Grafton Nunes and Joseph McCullough
(Night for a Knight)

Gary Johnson and John Ewing
(Night for a Knight)

The Cleveland Institute of Music
“Night for a Knight”

    The Director of Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Associated Director of Film at the Cleveland Museum of Art is now Sir John Ewing, having been named a Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France.
    More than 350 people attended a reception at CIA prior to the program and official ceremony. Wines and a variety of cheeses were provided by L’Albatros, one of the sponsors of the event along with Lubrizol, the French-American Chamber of Commerce and Maison Francaise de Cleveland. Guests enjoyed musical entertainment while they toured the Scholastic Cuyahoga County Regional Art Exhibition on display.
    “We’re here to honor John Ewing who co-founded Cinematheque in 1984 and was the recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize Special Citation in 1995,” said CIA President Grafton Nunes. In addition to his remarks, were those   made by Griffith Mann, CMA deputy director and chief curator, before FACC President Larry Miller presented Mr. Ewing a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Frank Jackson and the City of Cleveland. Josh Knerly, the honorary French consul in Cleveland, stood in for Marie-Anne Toledano, Cultural Attache for the French Consulate in Chicago, stranded, along with the official medal, in that city because of the blizzard.
    “We are in an art school,” said Mr. Knerly, holding up a replica medal created that he then pinned on Mr. Ewing’s lapel.
    An emotional Mr. Ewing, humbled by the distinguished honor, thanked Joseph McCullough who was CIA president when Cinematheque was started. Mr. Ewing then introduced the showing of one of his favorite French films, “Le Ciel est a vous” (The Sky is Yours) from 1944 directed by Jean Gremillon. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE  

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