Meet the Avenue of the Arts Planning Team!

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Next Friday, September 13th, is Avenue of the Arts! This is an immersive art experience that takes you on Superior Avenue’s journey from historic garment district to thriving artist district. As an entirely grassroots event, Avenue of the Arts wouldn’t have come together without the dedicated work of the AOA Planning Team. Representing the diverse experiences of the neighborhood, the 11-person planning team designed the event from start to finish. We felt it important to take the time for our e-news readers to meet this talented group of individuals!

John Davis is a full-time artist in the Tower Press Building. He helped curate the Tower Press Artist Group Exhibition in the Wooltex Gallery and will light up the Avenue with paper lanterns on the night of the event! John believes, “Artists give the community its character. We must keep them in the mix of our community to keep it vibrant and full of texture.” John is a part of the fabric of this area and we are excited to showcase this!

Allison Forhan works for GBX Group whose headquarters is in the beautifully renovated former Daffy Dan Building at 21st and Superior. She and Rachael Price are important links between the arts and the business communities in the Superior Arts District. Allison states, “Cleveland is full of artists, but many only showcase their artwork in formal galleries. Avenue of the Arts pulls back the curtain and shows you what’s happening behind the scenes during the creation phase.” With inside looks to artist studios, we could not agree more with Allison!

Harriet Gould is a fixture of the Tower Press Artists Group. She’s a long-time supporter of Cleveland’s arts community and has worked, over the years, to make the City a place where artists can thrive (such as founding ArtSpace Cleveland). She was very involved in logistics planning for the event and contributed to the lovely Avenue of the Arts logo that we are very proud of! She states, “It’s important to maintain the flavor of the area and Avenue of the Arts is a beginning.”

Devin Hinzo works with his music organization, fp Creative, which produces a concert series in the ArtCraft Building at Snap House Studios. With this background, Devin oversaw music curation with Superior Sound Recording Studios and helped plan street activation for the night. He shares, “With Avenue of the Arts, we expose the Greater Cleveland residents to the grassroots arts movement going on in this historic district. If it weren’t for artists, how would revitalization and beautification of our neighborhoods be possible? It’s easy to lose sight of this when art is seen as a commodity and not a necessity.” Devin has united this district in ways that many cannot, and we were thrilled to have him on the planning team!

Wally Kaplan is a visual artist whose studio is in the historic ArtCraft Building. She coordinated the main Art Exhibition in Gallery 403 by coordinating many creatives in the building. Being a cancer survivor, she shares, “I found that for me art does heal, and the art community is generous and welcoming.” Paulette Archer and Rita Schuenemann who share a studio with Wally were also instrumental in coordinating the open studios and gallery exhibition at the ArtCraft.

Amanda LaGuardia is the co-owner of Lake Affect Studios. She has been a part of the neighborhood since 2013 and has truly helped put the Superior Arts District on the map. Supporting local talents, she shares, “To the unfamiliar eye, this District may not look like much. But if you peel back some of the layers, you can find hidden gems and really talented artists and craftsmen here.” Amanda’s appreciation for these artists is clear we cannot wait for you to witness the positive energy at Lake Affect!

Dan Morgan is a photographer in the Tower Press Building. He has helped with overall planning, financial support, and promotion of the event! He highlights, “Our work and living environment, when adorned by fine art, especially local art, calms the people nearby, and allows the owner of the art to express themselves.” Because of these reasons, he worked toward preserving the artists’ voices and opinions throughout planning this event.

Jake Peacock is a resident in the Tower Press Building. He marketed Avenue of the Arts and planned the overall logistics from start to end. He adds, “Avenue of the Arts is offering the most diverse mediums of arts and creativity that I have ever seen in a community arts event.” His reliable presence confirms his love for art, and he shares, “Art is a form of human to human communication that surpasses words and conversation. Throughout history, art prominently defines the values, stories, and histories of its people.”

Chris Stofan has occupied a live/work studio in the Tower Press Building since 2003. Being the artist coordinator at Tower Press, he was a key communicator between the creative minds behind this event. Chris reveals, “Art asks important questions, and shows us different perspectives. It gets us out of our comfort zone and makes us think and feel. Art can save the world, if we let it.” There is something special about witnessing art in person, and we are enthused that Chris is letting the public into his space in Tower Press.

Meet Your Neighbor: Robert Banks

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Robert Banks is a local film maker and photographer who lives and works in the Campus District and has for over a decade. Since 2003, he’s occupied a live-work studio in the Tower Press Building and defines what an artist space is in Cleveland—"20% live and 80% work.” Today, he is one of the 16 artists of the Tower Press Artists Group. Uniquely, Robert grew up along Superior Avenue and has strong roots within the Campus District. In fact, Superior Avenue was a central part of his childhood, so once he saw the renovation of the Tower Press Building into artist spaces, he could not help but apply for a studio. Since acquiring studio 102, his first choice, he has brought welcoming and charismatic energy to this neighborhood.

In short, he explains his space as, “an input for all the work that goes into this neighborhood.” Connecting the community to artists is a primary goal in Robert’s eyes and one can tell of his passion simply by witnessing his daily routine. CDI specifically knows him for hosting biweekly film nights (using traditional celluloid film) and welcoming the public into his studio during special events, both free of cost. These events unite local artists to tenants and neighbors who, otherwise, may not cross paths. Banks believes that an artist’s lifestyle revolves around lifting their neighborhood to a place of creativity, safety, and expression, which is often overlooked in Cleveland.

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For the film nights, Robert welcomes the whole community to the courtyard of Tower Press (his backyard). He spearheads the connection between artists and non-artists by hosting unique movie nights in the way that he knows best—only showing movies from old school film reels! He shares a brief history of the movie before it starts, and believe me, it’s so captivating that it makes one believe that they are about to watch their new favorite movie. In the best way, he’ll spark your interest in film-making within a half of a conversation! Robert's talents and passions are unique, and we cannot wait for him to be spotlighted at SPARX City Hop this year on August 17th. During this event, Tower Press artists open their studios to the public from 11am-6pm!

Follow Robert’s Facebook page for details about the next film night, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, showing on August 24th, weather permitting!

Get to Know: Downtown Cleveland Residents

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Downtown Cleveland Residents (DCR) provides a structure which promotes communication and active participation between downtown residents, downtown businesses servicing residents, and the City of Cleveland within the boundaries of downtown. They do so by hosting 2 different monthly gatherings to give residents a chance to meet the people that make decisions that may impact their livelihood.

Josh Jones, the Chairperson for Community Outreach, and a Downtown Cleveland Resident himself, joined this group as an opportunity to bridge the gap between his neighbors and shareholders. From having just one conversation with Josh (pictured on the left, with President Alan O'Connell and VP Julianne Putano), one can tell how vital he is for fostering a connected and community-based downtown. He shares, “Government and nonprofits are responsive to groups of citizens, not the other way around.” In short, DCR’s main goal is to elevate the voice of residents to the city, making sure that their opinions are heard, while truly getting to know one another.

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To help form these connections, they host monthly meetings at the Old Stone Church, a central meeting location for all downtown residents. These meetings have allowed Josh to exercise his community building skills which he learned through the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP). The leadership training combined with advice from fellow members of DCR has empowered Josh to create an atmosphere best for Cleveland residents— welcoming and united. For example, members agreed that meetings could be friendlier and more accessible. This lead Josh and Julianne to choose new locations for their monthly mixers, which are held in different venues to reach a bigger audience, as residents are wide spread throughout downtown.

Their next monthly mixer will be held within the Campus District at Lake Affect Studios! This monthly mixer is a great time to meet other downtown Cleveland residents, shareholders, and community organizers, all while enjoying free appetizers and exploring the Superior Arts District. Not to mention, attendees of the mixer will get FREE access to Lake Affect's concert series right after the event! Come meet your neighbor at DCR's Resident Mixer on Thursday, August 1st, from 6pm-8pm at 1615 East 25th Street. Have we mentioned how welcoming everyone is?

Thank You, Campus District!

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On June 20th, my year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Campus District, Inc. comes to an end. I’ve met some phenomenal people from the Campus District’s many different local businesses, schools, artist studios, and social service agencies that are doing important work in this community and throughout Cleveland as a whole. The people in this community have been a blast to work with and learn from, and I’m grateful to have built connections with them that will last far beyond my AmeriCorps year with CDI.

The work that I've done with CDI has been a privilege, as it has not only taught me a lot, but was truly enjoyable. Leading biannual clean-ups on East 22nd Street gave me the opportunity to collaborate with the commendable organization, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, Central's Resilient Youth Group, and many outstanding student groups at Cleveland State and Tri-C Metro. The 'Meet Your Neighbor' and 'Get to Know' series in the CDI e-newsletter gave me opportunities to sit down with a diverse array of people in the Campus District, allowing me a peek into these individuals' unique life experiences and informing me about some of the admirable work that they do. Monthly Homeless Congress and Homeless Bill of Rights meetings with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless team, homeless advocates, and folks experiencing homelessness have informed me about the harsh realities of homelessness, but have also introduced me to dedicated and truly inspiring individuals. These are valuable experiences that I'll continue to hold with me not only in my professional pursuits, but in my personal life as well.

Lastly, it’s been a wonderful experience working alongside the small, but mighty staff of Mark, Rachel, and Michael. They have served as great role models to me and I’m excited to take what I’ve learned from them into my future endeavors. I’m looking forward to seeing what this staff will continue to do for the community in coming years and it was a privilege to have been a part of it. Thank you, Campus District!

- Connor O'Brien

Get to Know: Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio


The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio have had troops located in the Central neighborhood for over 15 years now, with the troops adding up to over 110 girls, all ages kindergarten through 12th grade. These 110+ scouts, along with funding providers, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Sisters of Charity Foundation, as well as many different community partners, have allowed the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio (GSNEO) to build out a great family of scouts and stakeholders in the Central neighborhood.

Kareemah Rose, the Program Coordinator for Grants and Funding Initiatives with GSNEO, has played a key role in building out this family. As a Grants and Funding Coordinator, Rose oversees GSNEO’s grant-funded programs and implements different events for scouts living in CMHA housing. Rose gets the girls together at regular meetings, finds ways for the girls to obtain different badges for things such as health and safety, and gets them involved with a variety of activities and group events.

Rose has helped in setting the Girl Scouts in Central up with opportunities to volunteer with Mayor Frank Jackson, volunteering at St. Andrew’s Church, read to students at the Outhwaite Elementary School, and spend time at NASA Research Center in Brook Park. A few scouts even had the opportunity to see Michele Obama speak at Playhouse Square earlier this year after she gifted the girls and a few staff members 10 tickets, with one scout, Darriel, being able to go on stage right before the First Lady.

Outside of the different activities and group events the scouts take part in, they also work towards obtaining their bronze, silver, and gold awards. These awards allow the girls to choose an issue they are interested in and find innovative ways to help solve it. These projects can be centered around anything from homelessness to bringing more life to a local park. When a scout reaches her gold award, she can then be given a chance to obtain scholarship money for college.

For Rose, building connections with the girls, their families, funders, and different stakeholders is a big reason why she has stuck with the organization for over 18 years. “We’ve developed a sisterhood,” Rose says, “The Girl Scouts are girls of courageous confidence and they make the world a better place.” Moving forward, Rose hopes to see the girls be able to grow up and become stakeholders in their own neighborhood.

To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, click here.

For those interested, reach out to to learn more about the upcoming Day Camp for girls entering kindergarten- 1st grade at the Outhwaite Community Center on July 29- August 2 from 10 am-2 pm (for CMHA residents only).

Article by: Connor O’Brien

Get to Know:

download.png is a union print shop headquartered in the Campus District that offers a plethora of printing services to customers on a nationwide scale, including to many industries such as the financial sector, union trade companies, not-for-profits, political affiliations, and many more. Through eco-friendly, full and two-color offset and digital printing, ZippityPrint specializes in printing a variety of marketing and promotional materials, political campaign materials, as well as offering graphic design services. While they do offer these print services, Zippity takes the extra step by providing an unwavering devotion to their customers along with holding fun, in-house events like their summertime Food Truck Thursdays.

Christine Cirigliano, Director of Creative Services

Christine Cirigliano, Director of Creative Services

               “You have to care about the people you work with,” says’s Director of Creative Services, Christine Cirigliano, “You put yourself in their position and you think about where their passion comes from.” Cirigliano, who comes from a background in marketing and creative services, was brought on to the ZippityPrint team back in September of last year. She, along with the rest of the staff, carries the same mentality as owner Joseph Dell’Aquila, which is that “people are the priority”.

Due to this strong commitment to the customer, ZippityPrint sees a lot of repeat business, especially from those running for political positions. By the nature of being a union print shop, ZippityPrint works with a lot of political candidates across the country. Cirigliano mentions that often times when candidates or other businesses that want to work with Zippity are local, she likes to be able to go meet with clients and really get a feel for what their brand is all about to provide them with the best possible prints.

When asked about what sets them apart from other print shops, Cirigliano says, “It’s the expertise that the people have in our jobs here. We hire people who have the same passion and vision as ZippityPrint.” ZippityPrint staffs 15-20 people in their shop, a majority of which are full-time and a few that join the team seasonally to help during election periods. While Cirilgliano highlights staff expertise at the shop as something that sets them apart, ZippityPrint also holds an event call Food Truck Thursdays, something that is quite unique for a print shop.

Beginning in the summer of last year, ZippityPrint began holding these Food Truck Thursdays right outside of their shop on East 23rd Street. With music, cornhole, and local food trucks, folks that work at local businesses in the Campus District have better access to a quick lunch within walking distance, along with a chance to get to know other people working in the area. Zippity has already began their Food Truck Thursdays this year, which are hosted every other Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm until August 30th. Check out the flyer below to learn more.

               Moving forward, looks to keep expanding their reach to new clientele as well as add new staff members. They’re currently beginning to step up their staff, mainly in the sales department, and those that are interested in joining the team are encouraged to reach out to to learn more. In the meantime, come by a Food Truck Thursday to enjoy some great, local food and a chance to get to network with your neighbors!

If you’re interested in learning more about and their services, check out their website.

If you’d like to receive Zippity’s e-newsletter, reach out to Takisha Jackson at

Meet Your Neighbor: Bill Jean


Back in 2015, full-time artist William Martin Jean, began his “Art for the Homeless” program in collaboration with FrontLine Service, offering a safe space to create and express ideas freely for individuals experiencing homelessness and trauma.

After spending most of his life teaching art at different institutions throughout Cleveland, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many different public schools, William (who mainly goes by Bill) decided to start utilizing his studio in the Tower Press building as a headquarters for these bi-monthly “Art for the Homeless” sessions. Working in collaboration with FrontLine and receiving grant funding from Neighborhood Connections has allowed for these art sessions to consistently take place over the years and give individuals experiencing trauma a space to relax and make art.

Superior Ave. banner design sessions in Bill’s studio

Superior Ave. banner design sessions in Bill’s studio

The idea for these workshops sparked from a project Bill worked on with men staying at the 2100 Lakeside shelter. Back in 2014, these men, alongside other members of the community, worked together in Bill’s studio to design artwork for banners along Superior Avenue. Bill quickly realized that the men really enjoyed these art sessions and that they helped give them a sense of self worth, so he worked to raise money to continue doing them.

With over 40 years of teaching experience under his belt, Bill still feels just as passionate about his work to this day. “I love working with people. I find that the biggest reward. People are interesting.” Bill takes pride in the fact that he stays in touch with his students, not only from his current workshops, but even from when he taught at different public schools throughout the Cleveland area.

In his spare time when he’s not creating or instructing art, Bill still finds a way to be involved in the arts. He has a background theatre and stage work and enjoys playing the cello. To learn more about Bill Jean and see his own artwork, feel free to check out his website.

Coming up on May 14th lasting through May 16th, you can have the opportunity to see the artwork Bill and his class have been working on. From 11:00am-1:00pm on the 14th-16th, the Wooltex Gallery in the Tower Press building will be hosting an exhibition featuring some of the artwork made in these art sessions. Check out a sneak peek of some of the artwork above!

Article by Connor O’Brien

2018 Annual Meeting

Thank you to those who made it out to the 2018 Annual Meeting! It’s always a special experience having the opportunity to have all of our stakeholders together in the same room, while being able to honor the hard work that they do every single day to make the Campus District a great place to live, work, play, and heal. We greatly appreciate your dedication to the neighborhood.

Letter from Campus District, Inc. Executive Director, Mark Lammon:

It’s been a whole year; I still have a hard time believing it because it feels like just yesterday I became Executive Director of the Campus District.  In that time I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to get to know the diverse group of people and organizations that call this neighborhood home.  This year’s annual meeting theme is ‘Patchwork’.  What better way to describe our neighborhood than the patches of a quilt strengthened in their bind to one another.

It was an exciting year for the organization.  None of which would have been possible if not for the strong foundation built by my predecessor, Bobbi Reichtell, who retired after over five years at the helm of this organization.  When I took the wheel in February 2018, we launched our Superior Arts District Ambassador Service.  The Ambassadors have been out on the streets ever since ensuring that the northern part of the Campus District remains as clean and safe as possible.  We also completed the Bridge that Bridges project on the East 22nd Street overpass of I-90 which brought together stakeholders from all walks of life to discuss race and equity.  And we are continuing those same conversations through our Task Force process by empowering the community to develop our future priorities.

I want to thank the entire community, the Board of Directors, and the staff of the Campus District for being such a welcoming community.  Your passion for this neighborhood is felt every day.

Mark Lammon
Executive Director

Meet Your Neighbor: Delores Gray


Care Alliance is a nonprofit health clinic mainly geared toward serving folks that are experiencing homelessness or that are low-income, but is open to anyone and everyone. The clinic has four locations throughout the Cleveland area, including in the Central neighborhood, right outside of the Campus District. Care Alliance offers a multitude of services ranging from dental care, behavioral health counseling, general adult and child care, and homeless outreach just to name a few.

As a Community Engagement Coordinator for the Care Alliance Health Center located in Central, Delores Gray is constantly out in the community educating residents on the array of health services the clinic offers. Delores spends a lot of her work time tabling at a variety of events throughout Central and beyond, including libraries, rec centers, CMHA complexes, churches, schools, and prisons. She’s often times the first face residents come in contact with from Care Alliance and offers a strong knowledge not only of the services the clinic offers, but of what other services are available in the community.

Delores has spent a good chunk of her life living in the Central neighborhood and she knows a lot about what the area has to offer through her heavy involvement in the community. She grew up in the neighborhood and graduated from East Tech High School, then moved away for a bit, but eventually found her way back to the neighborhood to where she lives now in the Cedar High Rise building.

While living in Central, Delores has found countless ways to be active in the area, whether it be through different boards, clubs, and organizations. Gray is the president of the Local Advisory Council for her housing complex, the treasurer for East Tech’s Alumni Board, sits on numerous boards for multiple organizations, and works closely with Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland and Ward 5. Delores has also won multiple resident awards, including a Resident of the Year award from Campus District back in 2011.

For Gray, being involved and serving the community has come as natural. “I love being able to give people the answer they need with heart and compassion,” Gray says. Being so in tune with the community and residents, Delores feels that she serves as a voice for everybody and that she needs to speak up to get residents what they need.

Moving forward, Gray hopes that folks living in the Central neighborhood can have better access to information and resources to positively benefit their lives. Gray believes that the Central community deserves more access to healthcare and clinics like Care Alliance and believes the children in the area deserve to really feel like they learn.

You can learn more about Care Alliance and Delores’ work here:

Article written by Connor O’Brien

Spring Clean-Up Report

Despite rain and cloudy skies on Saturday, 40 awesome volunteers were able to make it out to our Spring Clean-Up & Planting. Volunteers spent the morning picking up litter, clearing debris, pruning plants, and planting seeds along both East 22nd and East 30th street. When the rain got a bit too heavy, volunteers gathered inside the Sisters of Charity Foundation building and participated in a facilitated activity over lunch to discuss ways in which we can better unite as a community. A big thank you goes out to Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood for helping us lead this effort. Thank you to those from Cleveland State’s Student Environmental Movement, CSU’s Key Bank Scholars, CSU’s Viking Expeditions, Tri-C students, Central’s Resilient Youth group, and many more that volunteered their time and perspectives this past weekend!

Get to Know: Zygote Press

Since opening up its doors over two decades ago, the nonprofit artist workshop Zygote Press has dedicated their mission to promoting the practice of printmaking in an inclusive, collaborative, and professional manner. With access to an abundance of printmaking machines and equipment, gallery space, educational outreach programs, and even in-house artist residency opportunities, Zygote is able to fulfill this impressive mission.

Zygote Press was founded in 1996 by Liz Maugans, Joe Sroka, Bellamy Printz, and Kelly Novak, who all were interested in opening an affordable printmaking space during a time when printing was beginning to mainly be done digitally. Universities and print businesses were starting to discard of their printing presses and other printmaking equipment, which allowed Zygote to acquire a robust collection of the necessary printmaking tools for their workshop.

Stephanie Kluk, Zygote Press Co-Director

Stephanie Kluk, Zygote Press Co-Director

Over the past two decades of building out a network of artists and implementing tons of different programming, Zygote has also underwent a few big changes, including moving their headquarters in 2006 from their original location on Chester Ave. into 1410 East 30th St., right on the edge of the Campus District. Along with the move, in 2016, Zygote Press’ board decided on hiring two co-directors, Stephanie Kluk and Kate Snow, which was a model they hadn’t tried before.

According to Kluk, the co-director model works really well in their favor, as both her and Snow have similar work ethic and values, and they’re both able to combine their knowledge in the arts and nonprofit worlds. Kluk comes from a background in fine art photography, as well as over 15 years in arts administration, including directing Cleveland-based arts center, Art House. Snow has a lot of experience in printmaking and painting, while she also brings extensive nonprofit experience to the table after working with numerous art-based nonprofits throughout Cleveland.

The duo, along with the rest of their 7-woman staff, have been able to bring a variety of different programming to the workshop. Zygote offers 8 different exhibitions in their gallery throughout the year, which includes a spot dedicated to a solo show for a local artist, one-on-one classes to teach silk screening, group tours of the workshop, and even an in-house artist residency.

Kluk, who greatly appreciates being able to work alongside a community of diverse artists, spoke highly of the residency program. “We get to meet new people and introduce them to other artists.”

Through this program, Zygote is able to host multiple artists across the U.S. and abroad to stay in their apartment space attached to the workshop. Artists have been hosted from Greece, Taiwan, Germany, New York, Virgina, and Philadelphia, to name a few. Resident artists, who mainly specialize in printmaking, are not only able to access the workshop 24/7, but are able to work alongside the diverse network of other artists that Zygote has built over the years. On top of that, resident artists from overseas have the opportunity to showcase their work in the gallery for their own exhibits.

Moving forward, Zygote looks to keep making printmaking affordable, accessible, and fun. With outreach programs to educate local elementary schools students about the art of  printmaking and efforts to make their printing processes more environmentally friendly, Zygote continues to be able to reach even more folks in the community. If you’d like to learn more about Zygote Press, click here to check out their website. To learn more about their next exhibition coming up on May 10th, click here.

Article by Connor O’Brien

Join the Campus District Team

Americorps VISTA is a ONE YEAR commitment beginning June 10, 2019


Campus District, Inc. (CDI) is a non-profit community development corporation serving the eastern half of downtown Cleveland. It is home to the Superior Arts District and our three anchor institutions: Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. The Campus District is a very diverse neighborhood with over 1,500 student residents, 100+ artists, two large homeless shelters, and low income families in concentrated public housing. CDI works to connect people to resources and to one another to make positive change at the personal and neighborhood level.

The VISTA Position during its year of service will:

  • Research national best practices in the areas of homelessness and social service delivery in mixed used, dynamic neighborhoods

  • Develop a recommended plan to address the safe and proper storage of belongs for individuals experiencing homelessness

  • Assist the Campus District in developing an operating and capital plan for a system to store belongs

  • Research food delivery occurring in the neighborhood and develop a report addressing any gaps and duplication

  • Contribute to the overall mission of Campus District to enhance the lives of all of our stakeholders


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in social work, urban studies, human services, non-profit administration, communications or related field

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Possess an entrepreneurial, creative, and solution-oriented approach to issues

  • Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to think strategically in the design and execution of projects

  • Proficiency in computer and web-based information technologies and in preparing written reports and business correspondence

  • Ability to communicate and work with people of all racial, ethnic and income backgrounds and engage in critical conversations around racial equity and inclusion

  • Self-motivation and an ability to work toward objectives and work independently

What is an AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.


For more detailed information on Americorps VISTA service visit

  • Monthly Living Allowance: Vistas will receive the cost of living in their area. This works out to be around $1120 per month dollars before taxes. Federal taxes are taken out, but State taxes are not.

  • Time Off: 10 holidays, 10 personal leave days, 10 medical leave days

  • End of Service Award: VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500.

  • Relocation: Members serving a 12-month term moving more than 50 mi. are eligible for $500

  • Health Care Support: VISTAs are eligible for reimbursements through VISTA Health Care Allowance

  • Child Care: May be eligible for $400/mo/child under age of 13

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

Get to Know - Sterling Library


The Cleveland Public Library’s Sterling Branch, located at the corner of E. 30th and Central Ave., is a staple in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. Since its doors opened back in 1913, Sterling Library has served as much more than a place for residents to come and check out books; it’s served as a place to build community.

From the 1800s up until the early 1900s, the Central neighborhood was home to folks from many different backgrounds. The neighborhood once consisted mainly of African Americans alongside immigrants from Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Sterling Library back lawn, Summer of 1915 (courtesy of Sterling Library)

Sterling Library back lawn, Summer of 1915 (courtesy of Sterling Library)

The library, which once had skylight peeking in through its high windows and double doors that opened directly out into a back lawn, served as a meeting place for community groups, including the Society of the Blind’s Book Club. The back lawn, which has since been replaced by a parking lot, was a common place for children in the neighborhood to gather.

Fast forward to the present day and Sterling Library still offers this same community presence that it did back in the day, along with continuing to maintain its strong relationship with the children in the neighborhood.

Sterling dedicates a lot of its attention to the youth that spend time daily in the library. Sterling’s branch manager, Monica Rudzinski, notes that her and her staff’s daily mission is to “make sure the kids had a good day.” The library allows kids a place to study, have a meal, access computers, or simply just relax after school. This significant focus on youth has lead to some phenomenal programming being done, specifically in regard to food and the arts.

Society of the Blind Book Club 1952 (courtesy of Sterling Library)

Society of the Blind Book Club 1952 (courtesy of Sterling Library)

In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Sterling is able to offer youth in the neighborhood free meals through their Kids Cafe and Summer Lunch Program. The library’s exceptional arts programming allows youth to express themselves through art therapy workshops, musical and dance performances, and take a yearly trip to the Morgan Conservancy to learn about paper and bookmaking. The library also has a strong partnership with Cleveland State University. CSU students are regularly available at the library for after school tutoring and occupational therapy students put together activities for youth in partnership with Sterling.

While it does operate like any other library with its access to public computers, book checkouts, and programs for the surrounding neighborhood, Sterling is quite unique in the strong community its built over the years. Rudzinski notes that many of the same children enjoy coming to the library every single day after school, folks from the neighborhood often come by and share personal stories with the staff, and a lot of residents and the staff know each other by name. In the words of Rudzinski and staff: “Sterling is like a family.”

(All historic photos courtesy of Sterling Library)

If you’re interested in learning more about Cleveland Public Library’s Sterling Branch and its history, check out these links:

Article by: Connor O’Brien

Get to Know - Across the Lines


The Norma Herr Women’s Center and the Campus International K-8 School are situated right across the street from one another on Payne Avenue, however, these two populations rarely ever interact. Local grassroots organization ‘Across the Lines’ is working to change that through the creation of art.

After launching in June of 2018 with grant funding from Neighborhood Connections and with partnership from Campus District, Inc. and Guy-Vincent Art, Across the Lines has been providing a collaborative, open art space with a goal of connecting community members that may otherwise never connect at all. Over the past 8 months, Jane Finley, creator of Across the Lines, has turned her studio in the ArtCraft building on Superior Avenue into a creative hub, housing a space for individuals to meet and create art.

Across the Lines’ Jane Finley

Across the Lines’ Jane Finley

Across the Lines’ most recent efforts have been dedicated to hosting weekly art sessions with women experiencing homelessness at Norma Herr and 5th grade students at the Campus International School. These weekly sessions offer a space for the women and students to gather in the same room and create art, while also taking part in facilitated activities to get to know one another. The artwork they create during these sessions will directly inspire multiple murals that will go up on the outside of both the Women’s Center and the neighboring Campus International School in the Spring of this year.

Finley loves being able to see the students and women interact with one another, and, for her, the final product of the murals is just an added bonus. Finley started Across the Lines as a result of her passion for connecting people through art and creativity. She cherishes the opportunity of being able to work with the women and students and is adamant on the fact that they bring as much talent and creativity to the room that anyone else could. Finley, who comes from a background in healthcare and psychology, works in tangent with Cleveland-based fine artist, Guy-Vincent, who will be creating the final design for the murals using different elements drawn from the women and students’ work.

Artist, Guy-Vincent

Artist, Guy-Vincent

Vincent is a full-time fine artist that has experience working as an art consultant, curator, freelance designer, and gallery owner. However, over recent years, Vincent has shifted some of his focus to art instructing. He began instructing art to individuals experiencing housing emergency at the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center. At the Cosgrove Center, Vincent was able to help develop an arts program that explored many different avenues of art-making for these individuals, all while furthering his interest in instructing art.

Sitting in on a few of Vincent’s classes at Cosgrove greatly inspired Finley and helped her form the idea of Across the Lines. Her relationship with Campus District, Inc. allowed her to connect to different populations in the community, including the Campus International School. Fast forward a few years, and Vincent and Finley are now working together, facilitating weekly sessions with the women and students and planning future endeavors with the help of Campus District’s Director of Programming and Community Engagement, Rachel Oscar. With a recent victory in December of earning grant funding from the Fowler Family Foundation, Across the Lines, with ongoing collaboration from Guy-Vincent and Campus District Inc., will continue to be able to do this phenomenal work.

In the future, Finley hopes that Across the Lines can expand their reach to even more members of the community that may be divided and more artists like Vincent. As for Vincent, he plans on continuing to teach art to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and has an exhibition coming to Downtown Cleveland later this year. In the meantime, be on the lookout for the Payne Avenue murals in the Spring and even more projects to come from this group that work to connect individuals through art.

To learn more about Across the Lines, check out their website and social media:


Learn more about Guy-Vincent here:

Donate and learn more about the mural project on Payne Avenue here:

Article by: Connor O’Brien

Meet Your Neighbor - Marc Ryan

Meet Marc Ryan; Executive Director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Lake Erie Council, Eagle Scout, and long-time New York Jets fan.

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In early 2017, a reorganization of scouting in Northeast Ohio took place, in which the Boy Scouts of America’s Lake Erie Council was formed. Seven counties in Northeast Ohio, spanning between Sandusky and Conneaut, all combined to form this council. With over 20 years of working with the Boy Scouts of America in multiple states and being an Eagle Scout himself, Marc Ryan had the experience needed to direct the Lake Erie Council during this period of reorganization.

During this time, Ryan and his team at the Lake Erie Council made it a priority to reallocate programs, reallocate funding, and improve their social media presence to better reach Scouts and their families. According to Ryan, it’s more challenging than it has been in the past to position scouting, due to the fact that the world is rapidly changing and society is very sports-centric, which were both things that played a role in the need for reorganization.

As a result of this reorganization, The Lake Erie Council headquarters, known as their “Unit Service Center”, is now located in the Southern end of the Campus District at 2241 Woodland Ave. The Service Center houses a team of roughly 30 employees, a museum with an impressive collection of Boy Scout relics, a Scout Shop, and is the epicenter of planning and programming for the Boy Scouts of Northeast Ohio. The Lake Erie Council offers awesome programs, including different trips for scouts throughout the United States, tapping, making, and selling maple syrup, and opportunities to gain hands-on work experience by partnering with local police and fire departments, non-profits, and numerous other organizations.

While this reorganization was a tall task, Ryan’s passion for scouting kept him going. Scouting provided Ryan with a foundation for not only his own life, but for his family’s. All three of his kids are involved in scouting and Marc even met his wife through his time working with Boy Scouts of America in New York City. Ryan can’t speak highly enough of scouting and he loves having the opportunity to work with an organization that has made such a large impact on him and his family’s lives.

When he’s not working, Ryan loves spending time with his family. They enjoy fishing at Lake Erie, going to the zoo, and are season ticket holders at Playhouse Square. As a New York native, Ryan also enjoys watching football, specifically the New York Jets.


Learn more about the Boy Scout’s Lake Erie Council here. Also, a big thank you to the Lake Erie Council for hosting the Campus District’s South Side Task Force on January 29th!

Article by: Connor O’Brien

Get to Know - Joseph's Home


 Since its launch in April of 2000, Joseph’s Home has been doing the outstanding work of serving those experiencing homelessness in the Campus District. As a branch of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Joseph’s Home was initially created in order to provide transitional housing for homeless men, specifically those with acute illnesses that were recently discharged from the hospital.

In 2016, the organization implemented a medical respite program in order to better provide services for their clients. Joseph’s Home began to change their approach, one which was traditionally based around transitional housing, to an approach that is now more clinically focused. With a doctor, nurse, and psychologist now on site, Joseph’s Home is able to offer a better level of medical care to their clients that are acutely ill, which can range from anything from having a wound or ulcer to receiving cancer treatment.

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Christine Horne, Executive Director

Men that stay at Joseph's Home are provided with one of the 11 private rooms on site with stays that can last around 2-3 months on average, but are always dependent on the individual’s condition and whether or not they are able to find housing. Executive Director, Christine Horne, loves being able to welcome in new clients and offering them a space of their own to simply just relax. Horne and her colleague, Madeline Wallace, both share a passion of being able to provide quality care to new clients that come in.

Madeline Wallace, Development Manager

Madeline Wallace, Development Manager

Horne, after spending 22 years with Catholic Charities and earning her master’s degree at Cleveland State, wanted to continue her career in Catholic healthcare, which is how she found her match at Joseph’s Home. Wallace, Joseph’s Home’s Development Manager, is a West Virginia native who completed her undergraduate degree at Baldwin Wallace University. Cleveland’s strong non-profit market kept Wallace around after her undergraduate at BW. The two work together along with their medical and health care staff, peer recovery supporters, and resident support coordinators to provide the best possible care for their clients.

On top of their medical respite care, Joseph’s Home offers a multitude of programs and services for their clients, which include collaborations from local universities. Joseph’s Home partners with Tri-C students to offer occupational therapy to clients, Cleveland State students to offer music therapy, and Ursuline College Students to offer art therapy. Joseph’s Home also gives students at John Carroll University opportunities for summer fellowships and opportunities for students in their Human Resources courses to study volunteer training and management.

As for in-house programming and services, Joseph’s Home holds a variety of activities, including a weekly movie night, pastries and poetry, soap-making classes, and pizza and puppy days. During the holidays, Joseph's Home holds an event for alumni to return and share gifts and a meal.

 To learn more about Joseph’s Home, check them online or on social media:



Instagram: @josephshomeoh

Article by: Connor O’Brien 

Meet Your Neighbor - Dave Kaufman

Meet Dave Kaufman; a small business owner, Campus District board member, and avid pickle-ball player.


Dave, alongside his brother and business partner, Jay, has been running a commercial printing business in the Campus District for roughly 30 years now. Brothers Printing, which was previously owned by Dave and Jay’s father, has been printing anything from signs to business cards in the Cleveland area since 1917.

Dave and Jay took over Brothers Printing in the 1970s, which was around the same time that the business moved their storefront to 2000 Euclid Avenue, right in the heart of the Campus District. Brothers prints a bit of everything-- as Dave likes to say, “We’ll print anything that’s legal!” The brothers pride themselves on their exceptional customer service, which is a lesson that was passed down to them from their father.

Since taking over the business in the 70’s, Dave has seen the printing business undergo drastic changes, mainly due to technology within the last decade. Brothers used to print with a letter press, but, nowadays, they almost always print digitally. Dave described this transition as the toughest challenge of owning a printing business, however, despite these changes, Brothers has managed to maintain its relevance in the printing world.

While running a business takes up a majority of his time, Dave stresses the importance of being involved in the community. He knows the Campus District well, and one of the ways he is able to share this knowledge to others is through his role of Vice President of the Campus District board. Dave says he is proud to be a member of the board and enjoys being able to do his civic part. He and Jay are always brainstorming ways in which they can bring more student foot traffic out onto Euclid Avenue and turn the corridor into a more vibrant college area. In the future, Dave would love to see a study done on ways to get more students out to the businesses and restaurants on Euclid and what new retail spaces could be brought to the area.

When he isn’t working or helping out in the community, you can probably find Dave playing pickle-ball with his friends in his hometown of Mayfield Heights. Although he refers to it as an “old man sport,” Dave enjoys being able to get out and stay in shape.

To learn more about Brothers Printing, check out their website:


Article by: Connor O’Brien 

Holiday Shopping in the Superior Arts District

Let the Superior Arts District be your first stop for holiday shopping this season.  The first weekend in December is one of the few times of the year that our local artists open their studio doors to the public.  Explore local artwork at the ArtCraft Building, Tower Press, and Lake Affect Studios.  You might find the perfect gift for a friend, family member, or partner!

This year marks the ArtCraft’s 31st annual holiday show.  You can look forward to work from over 70 local artists as you weave your way through the historic, 101-year-old building that was once home to a clothing manufacturer.  Mixed-media, jewelry, clothing, candles, perfume, soap, clay, glass, painting, and more can all be found at this show.

ArtCraft Holiday Show Details:

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10am to 7pm
             Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11am to 5pm

Where: 2570 Superior Avenue

Just around the corner from the ArtCraft Building on East 25th Street is Lake Affect Studios.  Lake Affect will be hosting the Cleveland Bazaar, Northeast Ohio’s longest-running, independent craft show.  You’ll be able to find makers and small local businesses from all over the region there.

Cleveland Bazaar at Lake Affect Studios Details:

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10am to 6pm

Where: 1615 East 25th Street

The Tower Press Artists Group Holiday Sale and Open Studio is just down the street on Superior.  The Tower Press Building is Cleveland’s first live/work loft with 16 units on its first floor specifically for artists.  Visit those units and the artists that live and work there this weekend.  Tower Press will also feature a pop-up shop in the Wooltex Gallery and the Artefino Café will be open for sandwiches, coffee, and goodies!

Tower Press Artists Group Holiday Sale and Open Studios

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 11am-7pm

Where: 1900 Superior Avenue




Winter Clothing Drive

The Campus District is home to two of the largest homeless shelters in the state of Ohio. With cold weather approaching quickly, it is important that those experiencing housing emergency have the proper attire to keep them warm for the winter. To combat this issue, Campus District, Inc., in collaboration with Resurrection Church on the Rock, will be holding a winter clothing drive beginning November 20th, lasting through December 21st. Lightly used coats, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, socks, and boots are all encouraged to be dropped off in the donation bin outside of room UR120 in the Levin Urban Affairs building, or at Resurrection Church on the Rock at 2202 Superior Ave. All items will be donated to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

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Meet Your Neighbor - Pastor Marcus Taylor

Meet Marcus Taylor. A pastor, outreach worker, and mentor.


Resurrection Church on the Rock, formally “Greater Works Sanctuary of Prayer” moved into 2202 Superior Ave in 2012. In 2015, the church underwent a transformation, in which Marcus Taylor became the lead pastor and officially changed the name of the church to  During his time with the Church on the Rock, Pastor Taylor has seen major growth in the amount of people attending his services. With a strong presence on social media, namely Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, Taylor has been able to reach a large audience and bring in members of the church throughout Ohio and even outside of the state. 

If you’ve seen the videos on social media, or even been to a service at the Church on the Rock yourself, you know that it’s hard to ignore the energy from Pastor Taylor’s preaching and the church’s explosive praise band. Some of their services include a “Midweek FIRE” to refuel during the week, a Men’s Night once every four weeks, and Bible Study on Sunday’s. While Resurrection does offer these various services in the church, they are also active outside of the church, as they are committed to serving the community.

Pastor Taylor describes outreach work as playing a “paramount role” in the Resurrection Church on the Rock. Their congregation frequently gather clothing and food to donate to the men and women’s shelters that neighbor their church. For Taylor, serving others, whether it be those at the shelters or those that attend his services, has been the most rewarding part of being a pastor so far.

When he’s not at the church or doing outreach work, Pastor Taylor enjoys watching football, going to plays, and seeing movies. One of his favorite things to do is hang out with his wife and young daughter. Taylor also serves as a mentor for men of all ages, helping them live their best lives and working to find their purpose.

Moving forward, the Resurrection Church on the Rock is looking to open up new locations throughout Cleveland. One of their newest locations will open up on the west side at Lutheran West High School towards the end of this year. As for the church’s location in the Superior Arts District, Pastor Taylor hopes to find new ways to connect with neighboring businesses, to find more opportunities to get involved with the community, and to reach more students in the Campus District.

Find Resurrection Church on the Rock on the web:

Article by: Connor O’Brien