Campus District Recognized for Superior Arts District Banner Project
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) is celebrating local efforts from community development organizations and Cleveland-based partners with the inaugural year for their Vibrant City Awards. Next week CNP is honoring successful neighborhood efforts in placemaking, economic opportunity, organizing and community partnerships through awards in seven categories.
Campus District’s Banner Up! Project has been selected as one of four finalist for the CDC Collaboration Award. Banner Up! The project was the first in a series of community building projects between the District’s diverse populations. Volunteers including professional artists, students, and men residing at the homeless shelter worked together to create art that was reproduced on 53 banners adorning Superior Avenue Arts District. Artists guided and supported shelter residents who exercised their artistic voices and made a lasting and beautiful impact on their community. The community then raised over $10,000 through a CrowdRise campaign to have the banners printed and hung.
Banners were raised and celebrated during a Night Market event co-planned by CUDC and the Campus District. The event created a welcoming atmosphere for residents regardless of income with a clothing swap, art stations, a chili food truck and fireside chats where neighbors who might not typically cross paths came together for warmth and conversation.
Partners with the Campus District in this ongoing effort include Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, City Artists at Work, Frontline Services, Kent State Urban Design Collaborative and St. Peter Church. Congratulations to all of our partners on the nomination and the great work!