Our Conclusions.

Revenue Loss
  • Our local community is losing revenue due to artists needing to find working studio space in other communities
  • People spend money in the communities where they work – they eat, shop and “play” in these areas
  • Younger residents leave upon graduation from highschool and college to live in other areas that have a more “hip” vibe

 

Need
  • With more people identifying as working artists than any other area in Greater Cleveland, there is a strong need for accessible, affordable working studio spaces in our area
  • Artists prefer working in a space where they can occassionally interact with other creatives
  • Young people and families love the Heights – they like the housing stock, walkability and affordability, but they desire more creative and lively events and opportunities
Organization Goals
  • Affordable studio space for local artists and creators
  • Community art lessons
  • Provide resources to ARTFUL artists to support their business practices and marketing
  • Event space available for rent (will hopefully include outdoor space)
  • Curated Gallery – showcasing local, regional and national artists. This gallery will also foster an educational program where students, interns and artists will learn aspects of art as a business
  • Retail space featuring ARTFUL artists and local creators & online retail presence
  • HEIGHTS NIGHTS – a coordinated evening of open studios and galleries with a shuttle that rotates between ARTFUL, Cedar/Lee area and Coventry area, and other participating districts
  • heARTFUL Program – Yoga in the yard, and other healthy living activities
  • Outreach program & internships with soon-to-be, or recent graduates from Cleveland Institute of Art and other area art programs
Community Goals
  • Re-energize the belief that Cleveland Heights is “Home To The Arts”
  • Develop a true partnership with interested parties – building owner, artists, community members, area non-profits and local Government
  • Bring together community, businesses and government to achieve a new “buzz” about the vitality of the inner-ring and near-east suburbs
  • Promote East side as offering similar, but better features, especially in the arts, as growing West side area & prevent “brain drain” and “creative drain” by providing an exciting, creative atmosphere
  • Play off of proximity to Cultural Center of Cleveland
  • Create more foot traffic in economically vulnerable section of Cleveland Heights
  • Coordinate loyal shopper program with area retailers and restaurants
  • HEIGHTS NIGHTS – a coordinated evening of open studios and galleries with a shuttle that rotates between ARTFUL, Cedar/Lee area and Coventry area, and other participating districts

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