Welcoming You to Cleveland!

Every day, we’re fielding calls from artists across the country who are excited about what we’re doing here in North Shore Collinwood. With a beautiful lakefront, a thriving, growing arts and entertainment district and the opportunity to own your own space for as little as $6,500, it’s no surprise.

But we know that it’s not always easy to get the money together to visit a new city or to navigate around a new place you’re considering for your new home. That’s why we launched Welcome to Cleveland Weekend.

The event brought artists in from across the country, August 1st – August 4th, 2013, giving them a chance to come together and celebrate what Collinwood and Cleveland have to offer for them … And all at a ridiculously low cost!

If you missed the event, check out what our guests got to see … and links out to all of the friends we met along the way! And know that we’re always happy to give you your own tour. Call Tonya or Seth at 216.481.7660 for more information. In the meantime, listen to a great audio walk-through of the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District from Northeast Shores Executive Director Brian Friedman.

           

Making new Cleveland friends at a historic treasure. A chance to get to know our guests and for them to get to know some folks in town, at The Arcade in downtown Cleveland.

           

Strolling through a vibrant arts district. Enjoying the Gordon Square Arts District, home to Cleveland Public Theatre, Capitol Theatre and future home of Near West Theatre … as well as a slew of arts-based businesses. In the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

           

Seeing what artists are doing in some BIG spaces. Checking out creative retrofits of some great spaces, from brownstone office building to enormous warehouse. At Go Media and 78th Street Studios in Detroit Shoreway.

           

Checking out the ever-growing Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. In 2000, the “arts district” was one music venue. Today, it’s an eclectic mix of arts businesses and nonprofits. At Waterloo Arts, Native Cleveland and Azure Stained Glass in North Shore Collinwood.

           

Watching artists’ community work spill out onto the streets. Cleveland artists are reshaping the city’s urban landscape into lively, livable community spaces. At the ArtPlace PlaySpace, Waterloo Sculpture Garden and Zoetic Walls in North Shore Collinwood.

           

Checking out those oh-so-Cleveland gems … some old, some new. Walking through a neighborhood where local food and local art are the ingredients for a unique artisan district. At the West Side Market and The Cleveland Hostel in the Ohio City neighborhood.

           

Peeking in at one of the country’s largest urban farms. Seeing a huge 6-acre farm that provides opportunities for public housing residents, refugees and adults with disabilities, among others. At the Ohio City Farm in Ohio City.

           

Speaking of food … Eating and eating well! Fresh-squeezed juice at Johnny Mango World Café (Ohio City) and locally-sourced deliciousness at the Beachland Ballroom’s brunch (North Shore Collinwood) are just the tip of Cleveland’s amazing culinary iceberg.

           

Chatting with developers about all sorts of artist commercial space opportunities. Seeing the big, beautiful spaces of one of Cleveland’s oldest main streets. In the Slavic Village neighborhood.

           

Touring crazy big, crazy affordable commercial spaces. We’re not going to quote just how cheap the rent rates are, but the affordability of these potential artist spaces would probably make your jaw drop! In Slavic Village.

           

Getting a hands-on look at an exciting new community arts initiative. A first-of-its-kind district specifically focused on marrying art and sustainability through upcycling practices. In the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.

           

Seeing how artists are building community. From grassroots artists’ café to paper-making co-op, artists in Cleveland are really rolling up their sleeves! At Negative Space Gallery & Studio and the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory in St. Clair Superior.

           

Walking past independent businesses along tree-lined streets. Touring the Tremont neighborhood and seeing what artists have done for the community along the way.

           

Checking out unique artist spaces. Hearing from some of the artists who make Tremont (and Cleveland) thrive. At the studio of neon artist Jeff Chiplis and with Clyde Simon at the Liminis Theater. In the Tremont neighborhood.

           

Witnessing the next generation of Cleveland artists. Sitting stage-side at Cleveland Public Theatre‘s student-driven STEP performance in Tremont‘s Lincoln Park.

           

Peeking behind the curtain at one of the nation’s largest performing arts complexes. A great tour of Cleveland’s Theater District, with the Cleveland Play House‘s Corey Atkins and PlayhouseSquare‘s Linda Jackson. In downtown Cleveland.

           

Catching the printmaking fever. A look at one major piece of Cleveland’s thriving artist co-op community. At Zygote Press with co-founder Liz Maugans, in St. Clair Superior.

           

Enjoying live music in an inspiring arts complex. Once a church, today Josaphat Arts Hall houses a glass art co-op, artist studios and a stunning gallery. With founder Alenka Banco, and a special performance by Detroit-based Chatoyant, in St. Clair Superior.

           

Experiencing a historic arts institution gone high tech. Nearing completion on its massive renovation, the Cleveland Museum of Art is marrying a world-class collection with new digital interactivity. In the University Circle neighborhood.

           

Checking out some pretty awesome artist housing, if we do say so ourselves. Participants take a look inside some of our fully rehabbed and incredibly affordable DIY houses. That pretty house in the middle that’s a block from the Beachland Ballroom? Yeahhhh, that’s $6,500! In North Shore Collinwood.

           

Seeing where artists live. Multi-disciplinary artist Michael Loderstedt and photographer Lori Kella welcomed us into their home for a look at their art studios, the beach at the end of their street … And yes, backyard chickens! In North Shore Collinwood.

           

Basking in the warmth of a sunset arts festival. Now in its fourth year, the Euclid Beach Blast marries two of Collinwood’s greatest treasures … Its thriving arts community and its beautiful lakefront parks. In North Shore Collinwood.

           

Saying our goodbyes! We close with brunch and a live performance by musician Doug Wood at the nationally renowned Beachland Ballroom and say goodbye to Cleveland’s newest friends. With Beachland co-founder Cindy Barber, the musicians of Chatoyant, LiveCLEVELAND‘s Jeff Kipp, Saving Cities‘ Jack Storey  … and all of the terrific Welcome to Cleveland participants!