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Our First Artists Are Moving In!

Hello all… Happy Friday!

Sorry we haven’t posted in a while, we have been SUPER busy. We are in the final stages of construction of our studios and several artists will begin moving in on Sunday. We also just found out we are going to be covered in next weeks edition of Scene Magazine! I wanted to share with you some pictures of the space as it was being worked on. Thanks to Entropic Light for the beautiful photos! And if you haven’t seen it already, scroll down to see our fun little time-lapse from our big weekend of cleaning and construction.

We are now renting the remaining studios on a first-come first-served basis. Please email Shannon to set up a tour.

We hope you can join us for our Grand Opening party on March 11. It’s an informal gathering and you can come and go as you please. We will be hosting a small thank you ceremony around 6:30 or 7:00 to acknowledge the wonderful people who got us to this point. So please come celebrate with us!

 

Construction Photos by Entropic Light

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We’re now accepting rental applications!

Just under 2 years ago, Shannon held a small gathering to gauge the community’s interest in building affordable art studios in the Heights area. The idea took on some steam and we ran with it. All the research, and all the hard work has led us to this point. We’re THRILLED to announce that we are now accepting rental applications for our ARTFUL studios located in the Coventry School Building!

We have 18 studios ranging in size from apx. 90 sf, on up to apx. 260 sf, as well as a flex room to be used for classes, lectures, shows and special events. One of our larger studios has been set aside as a shared space, at a discounted rate, for those who are current college students, or recent graduates. We are offering the remainder of the studios at a discounted rate for our initial artists. We encourage you to download the Rental Application Packet and read it thoroughly. Details regarding the application process, costs, etc., are discussed in this packet. Further questions can be sent to application@artfulcleveland.org.

In celebration of being at the point where we are able to start renting to local artists, we will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on March 11. We will be releasing further details regarding this celebration in the next few days.

And we must take a quick moment to thank all of our generous donors. Their kindness has allowed us to move as quickly as possible to bring these studios to fruition. We are so grateful for their help! Thank you.

If you would like to make a donation today, please visit our Donation Page.

 

Good luck to all and thank you for your interest!

 

Progress Update

BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE COMING! If you’ve been following along on social media, then you know we have been busy building out our studio spaces. And behind the scenes we have been at work finalizing all the forms and information that will be needed to begin our leasing process for the studios. Over the next few days we will be releasing information on how artists can apply for a studio rental, so please be sure to fill out our interested artist form if you have not already, so you can be included on our emails. We will also be posting the required information and links on our social media accounts, as well as right here in our blog. Additionally, we are excited to tell you that in the next few days we will also be announcing a Grand Opening celebration to be held in conjunction with our 2 year anniversary. (Hint – mark your calendars for March, 11, 2017).

And now – back to work we go!

Progress Update

So… are you ready for this?!? OUR WALLS ARE GOING UP!!

How exciting is that? We’re thrilled to see such progress so quickly, and we couldn’t have done that without your generosity. We are still seeking donations to help us cover the cost of additional construction like doors and electrical, but we do anticipate walls will be completed by the end of February, and we’re looking to host our Grand Opening in early March (our anniversary month).

We have chosen to go with a new and exciting material that is a recycled plastic composite that allows for easy clean up, reduced labor costs, and flexibility if we need to remove or simply move a wall. The material is a bright, reflective white and will help bounce light throughout the studios. We will pair this with sections of hemasote or similar materials for easy hanging of materials.

Our space includes 18 artist studios ranging in size from 90 sf to 315 sf. We are currently going over budget requirements and will be establishing final rental prices in the next couple of weeks. We will also be finalizing the process for leasing a studio!

We’re moving right along and can’t wait to update you over the next few weeks. Please peruse the photos above and take a look at the updated drawing. As soon as we are able to take leasing applications we will post details and email our list of interested artists. So please be sure to fill out our Interested Artist Form if you have not done so already to be included on our email list.

On a personal note, I’d just like to take a moment to thank all who have donated monetarily, or encouraged us along the way with moral support and to those who have volunteered their time. I am so grateful to live in an area like ours, where we are so fortunate to have several communities bordering each other that are wonderfully diverse, and such huge supporters of the arts. The arts are an integral part of our society, and a way in which we tell our story, and shape our story. As individuals, as groups, as communities. We look forward to being part of the arts community and hope to be an important part of the fabric that encourages free thought, creativity, and diversity. As we get ARTFUL off the ground, we will be looking for thoughtful, fun ways to engage our community members so that we can all share in the art experience, no matter your skill level.

So… keep checking back for updates, as we will be announcing our Grand Opening very soon! We continue to welcome donations as we complete construction and look to fill our studios.

Progress Update

We have SO much to cover… fundraising off to strong start, all sorts of events, tours/open houses, and more! So please read on.


FUNDRAISING OFF TO STRONG START

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Having officially launched our fundraising efforts just a couple weeks ago, we are already over half way to our first goal of $25,000!  When we reach our first $25,000, we will receive a matching grant of another $25,000 bringing us to a total of $50,000. Reaching this goal will allow us to begin the building phase and our studios will begin to take shape. From there. we have set a goal of an additional $25,000 so that we can complete the building of all our studios, begin on our public art sculpture, and begin programming for our artists and community members. Every donation, large and small, will help us reach these goals and make our community even more ARTFUL! And to those who have donated thus far, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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DONATIONS AS OF OCTOBER 6th, 2016
Masterpiece – 1
Archival – 2
Rare – 3
Fundamental – 3
Universal – 9
Line – 8

DONORS AS OF OCTOBER 6th, 2016
Mary Barger
Rosemary Burk
Margaret Burk
Hadley Conner
Karla and Harry Cornelius
Amy Cronauer
Ginnie Curry
Sue Gerson
Paula Grooms
Marti Higgins
Lois Jeavons
Josh Loving
Donna Marchetti
Andrea Morris
Crystal Pickus
Susan Prendergast
Deborah Silver
Peggy Spaeth
Susan Squires
Laura Stack
Jennifer Starick
Nicky Turco
Stephanie Unterweger
Stephanie Urcheck
Sarah Wean
Cindy Zawadzki

$14,665 IN TOTAL DONATIONS AS OF 10/06/16
(INCLUDING MISCELLANEOUS CASH DONATIONS, TICKET SALES, ETC.)

Click here to download our prospectus.

 


EVENTS, EVENTS, EVENTS

ARTFUL will be participating in, and hosting several events the next several weeks. These are great opportunities for you to participate in some hands-on art making, unique shopping, and to learn more about our space and plans.

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ARTFUL is part of MIX at CMA: Scale on October 7th

If you’re looking for something cool to do on Friday night, come see Adam Brumma and our crew, as well as the many other awesome artists and tours. Adam will be leading Geometry of Scale from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Fold and color paper to explore pattern and scale, inspired by the geometric patterns large and small in the Islamic galleries. We’re thrilled to be part of this fantastic event at the Cleveland Museum of Art. For more information on all the activities for the evening, please click here.

 

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ARTFUL IS PART OF THE FLEA & PROCEEDS BENEFIT ARTFUL ON OCTOBER 8th

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Read the Cleveland Flea’s Feature on ARTFUL.

We are SO excited to be part of this month’s Cleveland Flea! We will be there selling our own unique wares and proceeds from the bar benefit ARTFUL and our fundraising campaign. As mentioned above, we are over half way to our first goal, so we’re hoping this will help us get even closer. Gather your shopping buddies and check it out from 9 am – 4 pm at Tyler Village, and support ARTFUL and all of the local artists and vendors that are part of this awesome event.

 

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INTERESTED ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE ON OCTOBER 15th

We are thrilled to be hosting our first open house in our new space! This open house is geared to artists who are interested in renting studio space from ARTFUL. This is a great opportunity for you to see the space before we begin building, and to ask us any questions you may have. We will be sharing information regarding leasing studio space, our fundraising efforts and our plans/timeline for the space. If you have not done so already, PLEASE FILL OUT OUR INTERESTED ARTIST FORM, so that we can keep you updated as our plans progress. Light refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. PLEASE RSVP HERE.

(THIS EVENT IS FOR INTERESTED ARTISTS. WE WILL BE HOLDING A SEPARATE GENERAL OPEN HOUSE IN NOVEMBER)

 

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COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 6th

ARTFUL would like to invite you to our Community Open House. This is a great opportunity for members of the community and local business owners to see our new space before we begin building our studios, and to ask us any questions you may have. We will be sharing information regarding studio space, our fundraising efforts and our plans/timeline for the space. Light refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. PLEASE RSVP HERE.

(IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST INTERESTED IN RENTING STUDIO SPACE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND OUR ARTIST OPEN HOUSE ON OCT.15, AND BE SURE TO FILL OUT OUR INTERESTED ARTIST FORM)

 


ARTFUL IN THE PRESS

Have you seen all the press we’ve received as of late? We’ve caught the attention of several local publications.

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Nikke Delamotte’s article about ARTFUL as it appeared in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

In September an article about ARTFUL written by Nikki DeLamotte was featured on the cleveland.com website, as well as in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

 

 

 

 

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Freshwater article about ARTFUL written by Karin Connelly Rice.

And in August, we were featured in an article on Freshwater written by Karin Connelly Rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heights Observer article about ARTFUL written by Lois Jeavons.

ARTFUL supporter Lois Jeavons wrote a lovely article about ARTFUL that appeared in The Heights Observer.

 

 

 

 

 

 


We appreciate the continued support of our entire community. Please be sure to like our page on Facebook to stay appraised of our latest developments. And please consider making a donation today.

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