Campus District Team Wins Vibrant City Neighborhood Placemaking Award for The Bridge That Bridges!
From Left to Right: Campus District director Bobbi Reichtell, project participant Cordell Arellano, CNP VP for Placemaking Linda Warren, project leader Kaela Geschke, and rest of Campus District staff Jazmyn Blockson, and Jack Schmitt.
Late last month at the Vibrant City Awards Lunch, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress presented the Campus District team with the Neighborhood Placemaking Award for the Bridge that Bridges Project. The community mural project focused on the need for racial equity and inclusion in our neighborhood, city, and nation. The Bridge that Bridges mural project was developed on the East 22nd St. bridge over the Innerbelt to visually connect the southern part of the Campus District to the northern part while publicly addressing the longstanding division of race in Cleveland. Throughout the 6-month project a diverse group of community stakeholders who work, live or go to school on either side of the highway engaged in intentional conversations about race, racism, privilege and segregation while co-designing a mural. The final image names elements of both interpersonal and structural racism while illustrating the intention for a more equal and integrated future. The project was lead by Campus District community organizer Kaela Geschke and co-facilitated by Indigo Bishop. The artist was Gwendolyn Garth and 15 community participants co-created the mural.