We've done a variety of creative placemaking & public art programs since we opened in 2014 in both the St. Clair neighborhood and across Cleveland. Let us know if you'd like to engage us to do some creative placemaking or make some public public art in your neighborhood!
Here's the scoop on a few of our current and past projects:
St. Luke's Foundation 2017
We are excited to be working on a project to bring public art to the Cleveland Police 4th District Police Station lobby to be installed in late 2017 or 2018. Keep an eye on our social media for updates! We will also be doing creative activities with residents in the second half of 2017. We don't have many details yet because we like to engage and listen to residents and stakeholders who will guide and shape the social offerings for their community.
Upcycle Plaza 2017
Summer in Cleveland means sunshine and outdoor activities! We are partnering with residents and the team at our parent organization St. Clair Superior Development Corporation to bring some giant veggies and more to our nearby vacant-lot turned public plaza at the corner of East 64th and St. Clair. Watch for upcycled pallet gardens, concrete benches and tables, and upcycled shade structures coming in fall 2017! We are grateful for funding from Kresge Foundation to make this possible.
Youth Program 2016
Thanks to support from The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation in 2016, we had an exciting summer public art program with input from and run by youth. Upcycle Parts Shop staffer Devon Fegen-Herdman began by visiting local youth groups and places where young people gather to get their ideas on what kind of public art they would like to see in their own St. Clair neighborhood. Using their suggestions, she and two student interns, Laquell Campbell and Martin Hayes hosted volunteer work days to execute a series of neighborhood beautification projects. We celebrated the Cavs championship win by painting a mural over a board up on St. Clair, painted trash cans in Grdina Park, refreshed an old mural behind Kovacic Rec Center with a new design, and created upcycled pallet benches for a nearby vacant plaza all while meeting new neighbors. The program was a major success and neighborhood residents were excited to see the improvements in action.
North Collinwood 2016
Upcycle Parts Shop is grateful to the residents and employees of North Collinwood for voting us the top Vacancy project in the Ballot Box initiative which was generously funded by ArtPlace America and administered by Northeast Shores Development Corporation in 2016. After a series of community meetings and events to showcase the multitude of creative projects up for consideration, two weeks of voting took place and Business Relationship Manager Michael Hudecek’s Craft-Up Collinwood project was selected for funding. We love the opportunity to take our community-driven approach to placemaking through upcycling to a new community and have learned so much about the challenges and opportunities working in a new place provides. We worked with residents at local festivals, libraries, the Collinwood Rec Center, and the Collinwood Friends Garden to create art projects that brighten corners and inspire people to see the opportunity in everything around them: from discarded bottles to vacant buildings, from individuals to neighborhoods.
St. Luke’s Foundation 2016
We are excited to be funded by St. Luke’s Foundation to bring community building events and crafting mixers to Saint Luke’s Pointe, the former Saint Luke’s Hospital where the foundation is located. The campus houses several offices, a Boys and Girls Club, a school, and senior living area. The Foundation’s goal to build community among the diverse individuals and organizations in the building fit well with our proven engagement techniques. We realize that upcycing with an inviting facilitator can help break down barriers and give unique individuals a common ground to start a conversation. Activities have included helping Boys and Girls Club members create upcycled decorations for the Intergenerational School's first ever junior prom and crafting with cops to bridge the divide between community members and the police. An upcycled art cart was hosted by Boys and Girls Club members who invited office workers to take a break and meet some of the kids while learning to transform something old into something new.
Youth Public Art Program 2015
With generous funding from the Kresge Foundation we hosted 5 youth interns through Youth Opportunities Unlimited. They lived or attended school in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood and engaged in a variety of public art projects designed by them! We painted several vacant boarded up storefronts and neighborhood trash containers over 6 weeks to make a noticeable difference in the community.