About ARTFUL .
ARTFUL is on a mission to bring affordable, quality studio space to the Heights area, home to the largest population of artists in Greater Cleveland. We will provide a space that is unique, vibrant and attractive to area residents and businesses. In addition, ARTFUL will create a gallery which will curate shows that showcase 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. Our building will include a retail space that will feature the ARTFUL artists and other local creators. Our founding committee consists of artists, educators, professionals, and local business owners, all with strong ties to the area. We bring with us artistic passion, a love for our community, and a vision for making The Heights even more ARTFUL.
Why The Heights ?
Asked to specify which communities or neighborhoods were most preferred, Cleveland Heights, Tremont, and Lakewood stand out as most mentioned, but Shaker Heights, Detroit Shoreway and downtown Cleveland also were noted
The greatest concentration of all artists is in the near eastern suburbs, centering on the neighborhoods in Cleveland Heights
Most disciplines (arts) exhibit high density in the University Circle/Little Italy neighborhood and in the neighborhoods in the “Heights” suburbs (Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, and University Heights)
The county’s artist sector is largely concentrated in two areas – Cleveland Heights ( 17.9% of all respondents), and Lakewood ( I 0.6%). Among Cleveland’s other neighborhoods, Shaker Heights (4.3%) and Rocky River (2.6%) had the highest responses
Two-thirds (area artists) say they prefer living in neighborhoods with a high concentration of fellow artists
Almost a quarter of artists practice their art outside the home in rented space
Half (area artists) agree that they are open to moving their primary residence, and that they prefer to conduct art-related work outside their home, if space is appropriate, cost-effective and available
Important neighborhood attributes for responding artists include safety, walkable, proximity to other artists, basic shopping, galleries and performance venues, and racial/cultural diversity
Why ARTFUL ?
Strong committee with even stronger ties to the community and a robust network
Momentum and interest of community including local artists & creators, community members and local businesses
Have support and encouragement of other Heights area non-profits, as well as Greater Cleveland area non-profits
Have a Development Committee and committed volunteers including financial advisors, attorneys, art educators, artists and local business leaders
What ARTFUL Hopes to Bring to The Heights Community .
Affordable studio space for local artists and creators
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
Coordinate loyal shopper program with area retailers and restaurants
Event space available for rent (will hopefully include outdoor space)
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
Community art lessons
Outreach program & internships with soon-to-be, or recent graduates from Cleveland Institute of Art and other area art programs
Provide resources to ARTFUL artists to support their business practices and marketing
Create more foot traffic in economically vulnerable section of Cleveland Heights
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
Work together with other area studios, galleries and organizations to leverage the power of the arts & culture sector in the Greater Cleveland area
Play off of proximity to Cultural Center of Cleveland
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