Project Envision was initiated by graduating senior in Painting and Drawing at Cleveland Institute of Art, Anastasia Soboleva, and Sculpture and Expanded Media major MJ Tigert as a way to improve the Community Women's Shelter.
Through Project Envision the artists build a relationship with the residents of Community Women's Shelter with the goal of representing the women's voices through art. The artists held twelve workshops during which the residents of the shelter could paint, draw, and sculpt, as well as discuss ideas and concepts of how art can improve the interior space of the facility. Anastasia captured in the painting what the women envisioned as Strength, Resilience, Hope and Community. The painting is in process of being installed at the Community Women's Shelter on Payne Ave.
Project Envision was created through project:FIND, a year-long Engaged Practice course at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Project:Find focuses on engaging - through art or design - with displaced communities in Cleveland. It is generously funded by the Murphy Foundation and was directed by Professor Sai Sinbondit. Organizations with which project:FIND collaborated in relation to Project Envision include Norma Herr Women's Center, the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, FrontLine Services, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) and EDEN, Inc.