Campus District in San Antonio

Campus District Inc. recently attended the 64th Annual International Downtown Association (IDA) Conference in San Antonio, TX from October 21st through the 23rd.  This year’s event was the largest ever in IDA’s history, with over 950 urban management professionals in attendance.  The conference featured a wide range of topics from streetscape management to event planning, transportation and marketing. This year also featured small breakout sessions where attendees could talk about any topic they wished and gain insight from one another.

 San Antonio celebrates is tricentennial this year

San Antonio celebrates is tricentennial this year

While the lesson’s learned will resonate in our work and conversations through the next year and beyond, we think it’s important to report back to the community on some key issues especially relevant to the Campus District.

Thoughts from Mark Lammon, Executive Director:

Quality of life issues are always major topics at every IDA conference I’ve attended. In the past the conversation has always been ‘what do we do about it?’ This year’s conference flipped that conversation upside-down; instead looking at solutions to some of the causes of these quality of life issues rather than just mitigating them.  I had the opportunity to tour Haven for Hope in San Antonio, a 12-acre one-stop-shop for all social services in the city.  The Haven for Hope complex has programming for anyone experiencing a housing crisis, including families who remain together.  The center hosts a daycare, so parents can search for housing and employment during the day.  Individuals can meet with any of their case workers, whether it be for substance abuse, mental health support, or job training right on site. 

 The Courtyard area for Haven for Hope

The Courtyard area for Haven for Hope

Perhaps the most unique aspect to the center is the Courtyard.  This is an outdoor area (although it now features an extensive roof) where individuals can hang-out all day and at night receive a mat and sleep outdoors.  Public restrooms, showers, and lockers for weekly use are provided and individuals must be in the courtyard by 10pm each night.  What is most interesting about the Courtyard for me has been the way its bridged the gap between San Antonio’s most shelter resistant individuals allowing them to begin accessing the services of the community, while physically not having to go inside.

Over 1,700 adults and children are at Haven for Hope every night.  Not all of the programs would work in Cleveland and the directors for the center are the first to admit that San Antonio has a serious lack of Permanent Supportive Housing, something Cleveland got right. However, there are elements, like having a secured storage facility for belongings, that would provide significant support to our most in-need neighbors.

Dockless Scooters, Bikes, and E-bikes were all the rage this year.  It seems that every city is in some way grappling with how to properly manage the scooter craze.  Some, like Cleveland, have banned them, some have regulated them, some have issued RFPs.  Ashville, NC found out at the conference that scooters had shown up in their city that morning.  In Seattle, they’ve banned scooters but allowed dockless bikes, with over 75% of riders using them to connect into the transit system.  In Nashville, after having two scooter operators suddenly arrive, the city removed them and then instituted regulations that included limiting the number of scooters in certain neighborhoods and creating an exclusion zone around major pedestrian areas using a GPS Geofence.  Austin and Dallas now issue a permit and fees per vehicle, while Oakland is looking at placing fees on the use of scooters to pay for infrastructure like dedicated bike lanes.

What is clear is we’ll need regulations to deal with micro mobility, in general, as technology continues to advance at a rapid pace.  Today it’s dockless scooters and who knows what tomorrow will bring?  If you do know, feel free to flag me down as I cruise the Campus District on my E-bike.

Thoughts from Rachel Oscar, Director of Programming and Community Engagement:

Race, equity, and the role downtown organizations play in truly furthering those principles was a rallying cry at IDA this year.  I attended two sessions where practitioners shared strategies for creating public spaces that are welcoming to all, measuring displacement and advocating for affordable housing dollars, and speaking truth with authority when it comes to our most vulnerable populations like those experiencing housing emergency.  In Denver, increasing the marijuana tax will raise nine million dollars a year for affordable housing for those at 0-30% AMI. In Los Angeles, downtown leaders are researching international models of social recovery for individuals experiencing housing emergency and also suffer from mental illness.  Examples from Charlotte, Vancouver, and San Antonio all emphasize that a holistic approach to neighborhood change—expansion of transit lines, programmed community space, support of local businesses, increasing social service support—is the only path to lasting impact.

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A session on place branding reminded attendees that putting people at the center of your brand is the key to success.  This method places a premium on people’s stories and ensures that the representation of your neighborhood is an authentic one.  Examples include everything from a light festival in Huntsville, Alabama that places a literal spotlight on innovation through digital lighting experiences throughout its downtown, to clever signs in Hartford that aim to mitigate the negative effects of construction on the street-level by encouraging visitors to “Shop. Hammer time.”.  Whatever the style of branding, the enduring lesson to community organizations was to learn the identity of your neighborhood and share what makes it special with others.  If you are interested in these types of conversations in the Campus District please join us for the Marketing Task Force meeting on November 27th!  We are exploring our collective identity and the ways we can elevate the amazing work that happens here everyday!   

Meet Your Neighbor-Devin Hinzo

Meet Devin Hinzo. An artist, oboist, and the creator of “fresh perspectives.”

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“Why can’t we do this?”

That’s been Devin Hinzo’s mantra for the past few months as he’s been tirelessly working toward putting together his event series, fresh perspectives. Devin has been working alongside a wide array of artists and musicians to create an event series that reimagines how arts institutions program art galleries and classical music performances.

His fresh perspectives series will officially launch this Friday, November 2nd at 6:30pm. A pop-up art gallery, musicians performing with various different types of instruments including the cello, violin, and flute, along with a hip-hop dancer, will all fill the 5,000 square foot Lab Studios at 2460 Lakeside Avenue. Fresh perspectives will feature a melting pot of local and national artists performing and showcasing all different types of art and various genres of music.

This melting pot is exactly what Devin was aiming for when he began planning this series. With equity being a key piece in the framework of fresh perspectives, Hinzo strives to have artists from a variety of backgrounds not only come together to showcase their work, but to also have their voices heard in the programming of the event. Fresh perspectives gives power and more control to the artist by allowing them to get together with other artists during the programming stages to have a say in how the event unfolds.

Devin acknowledges that this method of programming is challenging at times, but he has really come to value it. Hinzo has been playing the oboe for roughly 17 years and has performed at numerous venues across the United States and even outside of the country. It was common for Hinzo and his peers to not have a ton of say in the process of planning their orchestral performances, and this is something Hinzo aspires to change through fresh perspectives.

With fresh perspectives being housed in the Campus District, Hinzo has gotten to spend a lot of time in the area. He appreciates the architecture and history of the buildings in the northern part of the district, which are things that played a role in choosing a location for this event. When he walks through the neighborhood, he enjoys conversing with and getting to know those who live and work in the district.

When he isn’t working or playing the oboe (which you can see him play this Friday!), Devin enjoys being able to explore the many parks that Northeast Ohio has to offer. A personal favorite of his is the Frohring Meadows in Chagrin Falls. A lot of Devin’s spare time is usually spent thinking of new ideas. He often takes walks through the city, wondering what can be done with empty buildings. Devin’s always daydreaming of new ways to make the community a better and more vibrant place.

You can come meet Devin and other awesome artists at fresh perspectives this Friday, November 2nd at 2460 Lakeside Ave. Doors are open at 6:30pm and all are welcome. Check out fresh perspectives on Facebook to learn more and be sure to look forward to more of these events in the future.

Volunteers Needed for FrontLine Service Twinkle Shop

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The holidays are a difficult and stressful time for families who experience trauma, homelessness and poverty. In an effort to provide a more joyful season, FrontLine is providing a party and “Twinkle Shop” for families who were homeless, are experiencing poverty and receive support through FrontLine’s Young Adult, Family Housing and Veterans programs.

The party includes dinner, dessert and children’s crafts. Parents select new toys for their children in the holiday shop and children will select a new gift for their parent(s).  This year 70 families and 200 children are expected to attend! Please help to make sure this is a special evening for these families and their children!

You can help:

Provide a contribution to support the Twinkle Shop event.  We are halfway to our goal!!!

Hold a donation drive of new, unopened gifts at your company, church, group.  Contact Jordan Rush for more information

Buy items from our Amazon Wish List

Volunteer to help with the party.  Sign up HERE

Share the event to your family and friends on Facebook

Math Tutors Needed

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Have you been hoping to become involved in a meaningful way at Marion-Sterling?  Do you want to really make a difference in the life of a student?  

 

Become a “Lunch Time Buddy”  - an easy and effective way to help our students master basic math skills. 

"Lunch-Time Math Buddies" 

  • Tutors will help students build, develop and practice basic math skills, i.e. addition, subtraction  multiplication/division. 

  • Monday  - Friday   11:30-12:10 (K-2nd Grade) and/or 12:20-1:00 (3rd-8th grade). 

  • Tutors may volunteer 1-5 days weekly. 

Students will be matched to tutors with consideration for tutor's comfort level and abilities. Coaching and Direction will be provided by certified teachers.  

Contact Ashley Gulley 216-209-1859     Ashley.Gulley@ClevelandMetroSchools.org

Meet Your Neighbor - Joe Mead

Joe Mead; CSU Urban Studies and Law Professor, Avid Bird Watcher, and Advocate for the Homeless.

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Joe has been working in the Campus District for the past five years as a professor, teaching full time at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He teaches mainly at the graduate and law levels with a focus in nonprofit law. Some of his courses include Civil Law, Fundamentals of Nonprofit Administration & Leadership and a Columbus Seminar, in which students have an opportunity of spending their spring break in Columbus examining state policy-making, legislative, and judicial processes.

Prior to his time at Cleveland State, Joe served as an Honors Program Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His time there consisted of defending the constitutionality of federal laws, along with advising and representing the White House and other federal agencies in constitutional and other complex litigation across the country. Mead also spent time working as a clerk for Judges Cornelia Kennedy and David Lawson in his home state of Michigan prior to working in D.C.

This valuable experience in the courtroom has played a part in allowing Joe to fulfill some of his passions. One of those passions includes his students. Joe enjoys working with his students loves being able to see them reach their full potential.

In 2016, Joe was named Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless’ ‘Advocate of the Year’ for his work representing the interests of homeless and low income people in Greater Cleveland and Akron. Joe was recognized for his work in protecting those sleeping outside in Akron, protecting domestic violence victims in the suburbs of Cleveland and protecting free speech on sidewalks in Youngstown, Akron and Cleveland.

Outside of his work, Joe enjoys hiking and birdwatching. One of his favorite spots for these activities is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As someone who has spent the past five years working in the Campus District, Joe has liked to see the new restaurants popping up throughout the area, including Bloom Bakery and Constantino’s Cafe on Euclid Avenue. Mead says he’d love to see more park space open up and more student housing come in throughout the Campus District in years to come.

Street Clean-Up October 20th

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On Saturday, October 20th, Campus District, in collaboration with Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, will be hosting a Community Street Clean-Up on East 22nd Street. The clean-up will take place on the specific portion of E. 22nd between Cedar Ave. and Woodland Ave., which was rebuilt in 2011. Volunteers will assist with activities such as removing weeds, picking up litter, and applying anti-graffiti paint to the mural on the E. 22nd Street bridge. There will also be a segment of the clean-up in which volunteers will have the opportunity to discuss racial equity and learn more about the history of the community.

Meet Your Neighbor - Alyssa Osborne

Meet Alyssa Osborne; a student at Cleveland State University, the president of CSU’s Viking Expeditions and a lover of the outdoors.

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Alyssa is currently a Junior at Cleveland State, majoring in Nonprofit Administration and minoring in Spanish. Viking Expeditions, a student-run service organization that came to fruition back in 2007, has played a formative part in Alyssa’s time on campus thus far. Her experiences of organizing and recruiting volunteers with VE cemented her major choice of Nonprofit Administration.

As a member of the organization for all of her three years on campus, Alyssa has not only had the opportunity of taking part in a multitude of different service trips, but has also been able to become the president of the organization. While she describes her role as challenging at times, Osborne is passionate about being the president of Viking Expeditions. It has taught her how to prioritize better, how to be a better team player and how improtant positive reinforcement can be in a team setting.
 
During her time with Viking Expeditions, Alyssa has traveled to Sacramento, Houston, New Orleans and the Shawnee National Forest with her classmates, all to serve others. Osborne and her fellow Vikings have done anything from building fences, to working in food pantries, to assisting with hurricane relief.
 
While she has enjoyed her out-of-state service trips, some of Alyssa’s favorite service experiences have occured right here in Cleveland. She has volunteered at the West Side Catholic Center, Ohio City Bike Co-op, the Great Lakes Science Center and at one of her favorite places, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. At CVNP, Osborne and a few other students were able to spend the weekend building and restoring trails.
 
When Alyssa isn’t studying or serving the community, she likes to stay active and be outdoors. She especially enjoys running, camping, hiking and going to different national parks.
 
As a native of Kinsman, Ohio, a small town just outside of Youngstown, Osborne has appreciated the city life in Downtown Cleveland these past three years. After living in various different student housing locations throughout the Campus District, including the Euclid Commons, Fenn Tower and the Edge, Alyssa has come to appreciate the walkability of the area. She particularly likes being a short walk away from Heinen’s, CVS and the House of Blues.
 
With Viking Expeditions offering more upcoming service trips to Denver, New Orleans and Nashville, Alyssa looks forward to participating in more service experiences and watching her student organization grow even more. Alyssa plans to graduate in the Fall of 2019. She sees herself working in the nonprofit industry and would love to work for one of the national parks.
 
You can follow Viking Expeditions on Instragram: @CSUVE, Snapchat: @Csuserves and Facebook: Viking Expeditions.

Artist Selected for First Art Stop!

Campus District, Inc. is excited to announce photographer, Da’Shaunae Jackson, as ArtStop’s first featured artist. Jackson currently studies photography at Cuyahoga Community College. She was a finalist of the Photographer’s Forum 38th Annual College & High School Photography Contest and has had work published in Breakwall Literary Journal. She has also been shown in group exhibitions at the Cleveland Print Room, located in the Campus District.

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The ArtStop Bus Shelter is a community driven project designed to transform a local bus shelter into a rotating art gallery. The shelter, located at E. 21st and Superior Avenue, is in the heart of the Superior Arts District and part of a larger effort to bring the art of the District to the street.

The piece featured is from Jackson’s 2017 monograph entitled “Waiting to Arrive”. The series takes the viewer along Jackson’s journey on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority from the early morning hours to after sundown, as she commutes from home, to school, and to work.

Of her experience and her work, Jackson says,

"My daily commute is long and sometimes frustrating, but I have learned to develop patience. As I sit and wait for my destination to arrive, I cross paths with various strangers. All of them have a place to be but for a moment of time we share a space and are forced to enjoy the ride together. Taking the RTA for me is like being inside of a mobile community. You have the option to get to know the person sitting next to you. Even though neither person knows when the other will reach their destinations. It’s okay to strike up a conversation and learn something new about a complete stranger just to pass the time. This choice to engage, to interact, or just to be silent is what I am most interesting about public transportation. While the outside world is passing us by, we choose to sit still and wait. What others decide to do in this space and with their time is what I observe and capture."

Da’Shaunae Jackson’s work will go up at the end of September. Come visit the shelter to see the welcomed addition to the neighborhood!

You can also see new work by Jackson featured on GCRTA’s Red Line as a part of InterUrban. To connect with Jackson and view more of her work follow her on Instagram @_dashaunaemarisa

The Breaker of Chains

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On behalf of Campus District, Inc. and MidTown Cleveland, Inc. we’re happy to announce the unveiling of our newest public art project on the Euclid Avenue bridge over the Innerbelt. The public art transforms a former barrier into an asset, connecting the Campus District and MidTown neighborhoods to create a safer, more beautiful walk for community members, faculty, and students. Local artist Darius Steward (FRONT, INTER|URBAN) selected the theme of international welcoming for this important project linking our two neighborhoods.

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Darius’s artwork is called The Breaker of Chains. As you walk across the bridge the portraits of individuals deconstructs the chains of the fence, a symbol of the barriers many immigrants face. The art itself demonstrates Cleveland's interconnections with the world and features the portraits of CSU students, Tri-C students, Campus International students, Cleveland’d international students, refugees, and Dreamers (DACA Recipients).  Want to help keep the mural beautiful and take some of it home with you? Contact Campus District, Inc. to purchase a print.  A portion of the proceeds goes to long-term maintenance of the mural.

Ambassador Program Launch!

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Friday, May 4th the Superior Arts District residents and stakeholders gathered to have lunch, play games, and meet their NEW Clean and Safe Ambassadors.  These Ambassadors are providing clean and safe services to the neighborhood like safety escorts, graffiti removal, business check-ins, and more! 

Thank you Brent Kirby, Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery, and Smokin' Rock n Roll for their awesome music and food!   

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If you work or live in the Superior Arts District these services are available to you. If you see an Ambassador on the street be sure to give them a Campus District welcome and use the hashtag #superiorambassadors when sharing about their great work. To request service, please call 216-621-6000 from 7 AM to 8 PM seven days a week!