While other cities across the country are beginning to adopt “creative placemaking” as a means of revitalizing neighborhoods, many Cleveland neighborhoods have established reputations as havens for pioneering artists. Today, the Tremont neighborhood is taking steps to ensure it maintains its prominence as one of Cleveland’s established art enclaves.
Cleveland’s St. Clair Superior neighborhood is making a name for itself finding value where so many others see waste. Whether in empty 2-liter soda bottles, unwanted vinyl flooring remnants, discarded sterile packaging material, or abandoned two-story homes, the Upcycle St. Clair project sees repurposing as the path to this neighborhood’s revitalization.
Public art is intrinsically linked to the character of its public spaces. Public art can also test local perceptions: Is painting on the exterior of buildings creative expression or unwelcome graffiti? Are statues and displays worthwhile uses of limited funds, especially when communities are faced with difficult issues like poverty, joblessness, and failing schools? Such questions are important to consider as public art is increasingly valued by developers and community leaders alike for its power to build and brand neighborhoods, leverage existing assets and reveal future purpose.
MOCA Cleveland’s new home is making an architectural statement at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfeld Road. The museum is heralding the city’s contemporary arts—and challenging us to think boldly about reimagining our future.
Innovative yet traditional, practical yet alluring, artistic yet marketable, reclaimed from the past yet positioned for the future. These qualities may seem like a tall order for a simple desk, but industrial designer-educator-entrepreneur Dan Cuffaro believes his Hive workstation encompasses all of these characteristics. His work demonstrates how inspired product design can drive business strategy and how building a design-based economy can play an important role in reinventing our region.
Scott Colosimo of Cleveland CycleWerks has a vision: design and manufacture custom-made motorcycles in Cleveland. However, Colosimo encountered a number of roadblocks that required him to rethink his business strategy and confront the realities of the globalized economy. In finding his way, Colosimo has received considerable criticism as well as accolades—all in pursuit of making his dreams into reality.
Printmaker Liz Maugans saw a need: many of Cleveland’s artists and arts and culture organizations were going unnoticed and lacked an effective platform for getting the word out about their work. Maugans knew that together their voices would be much more powerful and so the Collective Arts Network (CAN) Journal was born.
Art can capture beauty; art can convey whimsy. Art can be commercial or personal, trendy or traditional, introspective or outward-looking. Art can also inspire collective action—even if that action is as simple as making us more aware of the consequences of our daily decisions.
Forming Cleveland takes an in-depth look at the role greater Cleveland's visual arts, craft and design industry plays in the regional economy. These case studies, along with the findings, demonstrate that the visual arts, craft and design sector is vibrant, diverse and primed for the productive application of creative ideas and innovative techniques.
When Artists Break Ground is a review and lessons from the Artists in Residence program, a collaboration between CPAC and Northeast Shores. The organizations invested $2.2 million in a 3-year period into artist-neighborhood relationships in the Waterloo area in North Shore Collinwood. The report shares how the process worked: its strengths, its shortcomings and third-party recommendations and reflections. A wealth of data supplements the report to illustrate changes in neighborhood residents’ perceptions, traction among audiences and changes to the neighborhood’s landscape.