Arts Grantees

Ohio City Bike Co-op was awarded $2,000 for improvements to bicycle valet services at public events. Funds will be used to make the free bicycle valet service more attractive, professional, and efficient, encouraging participants to choose cycling over automobile transportation. 

Nicole McGee’s Plenty Underfoot was awarded $1500 to help move her home-grown business out of her living room and into a nearby studio space. After a number of years of making jewelry, art, and other projects from reused materials at home, moving into a new space is an important next step that will improve efficiency and organization, and allow for more social interaction and participation in creative reuse, including building a new revenue stream through workshops and small events.

Praxis Fiber Workshop Community Class was awarded $2,552 to buy supplies and promotional materials as well as pay instructors for four community classes at Praxis Fiber Workshop. These classes will be offered to the current residents of the Collinwood neighborhood where Praxis is located. The sampling of processes will include weaving, shibori (an eastern tie dyeing technique), felting and dye printing on fabric.

Rebecca Garcia was awarded $4,000 for staffing and supplies in support of Weaving Culture, Knitting Community. Through this project, refugees participate in a weekly weaving workshop that serves as a cultural exchange as students and teachers learn American and Bhutanese weaving, practice English, and work towards establishing an artists’ co-op at the Cudell Fine Arts Center.

Saving Cities, the local creators of Red, White and Blueprints: A Rustbelt Documentary, were awarded $2,000 to support the final editing of the forthcoming film which highlights several of the most innovative initiatives, individuals, and emerging ideas in the Rust Belt, and makes the case for why we still matter as a region.

Sounds of the Soul Acoustic Ensemble, a free music and arts education program in Collinwood and the surrounding urban area, was awarded $1,400 to purchase music supplies and to support instructor stipend and transportation, marketing, and program expenses.

Talespinner Children’s Theater has hosted a ‘playground’ contest for new playwrights. Four winners have been selected (prize is seeing their play realized and performed). Funding will allow actors and directors to be paid for the performances (to be performed over two weekends as a free program). Previous funding from Colectivo that supported ‘pay what you can’ program nights has now been funded by Ohio Savings Bank, which has led to greater attendance and greater public awareness of Talespinner.

Pay What You Can Program: Talespinner Children's Theatre was awarded $1,500 to support their pay-what-you-can program for underserved families and groups to help bring the arts and arts education to the families and children of Cleveland.

The Building Bridges Mural Program was awarded $3,000 for artist Katherine Chilcote’s effort to create a youth internship program in partnership with Doug Horner at St. Paul’s Community Church that will result in a mural installation at the intersection of West 25th and Detroit Avenue.

See the mural in front of the Route 2 Bridge at the corner of West 25th and Detroit Avenue in Cleveland.

Artist: Katherine Chilcote

Wigglewords, a program of Verb Ballets, was awarded $2000 to present free weekly movement based literacy workshops this summer at various Cleveland community centers. The program gets children, ages 3-8 years old, moving while improving skills in spelling, phonics, and rhyming.