Open Doors Cleveland Will Display Homeless Art Project

Open Doors CLE emerged as a result of the projectFIND students from the Cleveland Institute of Art surveying the landscape of homelessness in Cleveland.  They met with the vendors of the paper, members of the Homeless Congress, and residents from both shelters.  The students decided to work with the population to decorate doors in an attempt to bridge the gap between the homeless community and those in stable housing.  They finished their project and are now ready to display them.  They will be at the Rooms to Let: CLE event this weekend in Slavic Village and then at Willard Park/Free Stamp on May 27 from 11 to 5 p.m.  Here is a brochure that you can print out and distribute.

Brian Davis

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Mock Ribbon Cutting/ Groundbreaking Art Exhibit

Nathan Manthey presented his Bachelor of Fine Arts Project at Cleveland Institute of Art exhibit and celebration of his four years of college.  Nathan worked with the residents at the Community Women's Shelter to imagine a better shelter in Cleveland for women.  They talked about a smaller facility that could better serve their individual needs for those with mental health issues, health care, unemployment, or reunifying with children. The residents were looking for improved quality as well as a facility that better served their individual needs for services.  They then scouted for locations in the community--there is lots of vacant land so this is no problem.  Finally, they each prepared speeches at a possible groundbreaking then ribbon cutting.  The residents are ready should the County step forward to redesign the shelter system.  Nathan has displayed all this with video, photos and an explanation of the project.  Thanks to Loh (a resident who participated in this project) for taking the pictures and sending them to us. 

















Brian Davis

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PS: Anastasia Soboleva also had her murals displayed.  Ms. Soboleva volunteered to help the women at the shelter create art for the depressing facility for after the renovations are done to brighten the shelter.  She gave up her Saturdays and other evenings to help the women express themselves. 

Rooms To Let Art Project in Slavic Village

If legendary attorney Maria Smith asks, we take it as an order..."Please promote the reentry art project at Slavic Village that will happen on May 21 and 22, 2016."

The art show is called Rooms to Let. It takes three abandoned houses and allows local artists create a two-day exhibition for the community. Here is a link with more information and a trailer to the video:

One of the artists, Jake Hochendoner, is planning an installation piece of reentry that includes video--either projections or screens.  It will feature stories of people facing the challenges of obtaining affordable housing because their convictions make them ineligible for subsidize housing.

Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.


 Pick up an event map on East 54th Street north of Fleet.

RTL houses are located on East 54th. Addresses coming soon!