May 2023 Community Board


ART HOUSE OPEN EVENTS FRIDAY, May 5th at 3119 Denison Avenue: Students, teachers and the community are invited. Ice Cream Social 4-5 p.m. Opening reception: 6-8 p.m.

ST. PAUL’S STREET STUDIO: Missing a chance to play music in person? Join us to share music and poetry/spoken word in a peaceful atmosphere of respect. You are welcome to add your voice or simply listen and add support! We provide a piano, mics, drums, and acoustic guitars … and an encouraging circle to listen. All are welcome. Saturday May 13th from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Boulevard. For more information contact Ian Heisey: or 216-973-1486

DESIGN CLUB: Meet at Art House, 3119 Denison on Tuesday, May 16 from 4-5:15 p.m.  or 5:15- 6:30 p.m.
In this FREE art class learn about the process of design and opportunities that go a long with it from graphic design to fashion design. These classes are for youth of all ages and families. They are so FUN and engaging! Registration is suggested on our website. Walk-ins are welcome!

ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS: Explore the basics of acrylic painting in a fun, lightly facilitate. “Peer-to-Peer” atmosphere. All Supplies provided. Space is limited. Please register at The next class will be held on May 20th from 2-4 p.m. at the Jefferson Campus of the Cleveland Public Library, 850 Jefferson Avenue.

COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART AT THE PIVOT CENTER, 2937 W. 25TH STREET: Enjoy Free drop-in art making and gallery exploration with the whole family during open hours: Fridays, 2-7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

URGENT ART FUND CYCLE 2: SPACES invites Cuyahoga County artists, creators and curators to apply to the second cycle of The Urgent Art Fund! We will be awarding 12 project-based grants of $4,000 throughout 2023 to artist(s) and collectives based in Cuyahoga County on a quarterly basis for projects that are politically, culturally, and/or socially responsive. All applicants will receive feedback from our jurors. The second cycle of applications are open now through May 8th at 11:59PM. 4 artists will be awarded $4,000. Cycle. For more information or to apply: email or visit the website at:  The Urgent Art Fund is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from @cuyartsc through the Support for Artists grant.

CLEVELAND ACT NOW (CAN) ACADEMY ENCHANTED FOREST SUMMER SESSIONS FOR AGES 7-`14: FREE Application deadline June 2, 2023. Programs are offered at no cost thanks to the Cleveland Foundation. All classes are in person on-site at Cleveland Public Theatre. Young artists must be masked and follow our health and safety protocols. Classes are taught by Cleveland Public Theatre Teaching Artis and CAN Academy Site Coordinator Zyrece Montgomery , and CPT Teaching Artist Martinique Mims. Youth will explore storytelling through improvisation, character development, dance, visual arts, and more. For more information connect with Zyrece Montgomery at or 440-429-5752. Applications available at:


CLEVELAND CITY COUNCIL ERASES MEDICAL DEBT: At its Monday April 24th meeting City Council unanimously approved giving $1.9 million to RIP Medical Debt to erase medical debt held by local hospitals, doctors groups and clinics. Medical debt creates mental and emotional stress and may be preventing Cleveland residents from seeking further healthcare. This legislation is expected to help about 50,000 Clevelanders and erase $190 million in debt. RIP Medical Debt is currently negotiating with the local hospitals to participate in this program. Residents qualify if they live in a household with income up to 400% of federal poverty guidelines or medical debt that is at least 5% of annual household income. The 400% of federal poverty guidelines means about 80% of Cleveland residents are eligible. A one-person household making up to $54,360 is eligible, as is a six-person household making up to $148,760.  Residents don’t apply. Instead residents will be notified via a branded RIP Medical Debt letter in the mail that their debt is eliminated and is off their credit report. Councilmen Kris Harsh and Charles Slife initially brought the idea to council. Ord. No. 336-2023


YOUNG ADULT OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM: Are you 18-24 years of age? A resident of Cuyahoga County? Not currently in high school or college? Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) can provide you with the skills, training and support you need to launch a new career, all at no cost to you.  All programs offer: Direct supportive services during, and a year after completion of program; Job coaching and retention services; Monetary incentives for completion of programs. YOU offers job readiness training, paid work experience and credential training in the following industries: customer care, IT, State-Tested Nurse Aid and Construction. To register visit: or call 216-973-0037.


OLD BROOKLYN PEDAL FOR PRIZES: Saturday, May 20th. Free and open to ALL! Registration begins at 10 a.m. • Raffle at 2 p.m. Win great prizes, including brand new bicycles, simply by exploring local businesses and other points of interest while riding your bicycle throughout Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. This year the ride will start at Old Brooklyn’s newest recreational green space – Brighton Park. The 25-acre park is located on Pearl Road, near Burger King just south of Wildlife Way. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and you will receive your punch card and a map of Old Brooklyn businesses and points of interest. Ride your bicycle to as many of those destinations as you’d like, having your punch card stamped at each. Destinations will open and start stamping cards at 10 a.m. . Everyone should return to Brighton Park before 2 p.m. to receive a raffle ticket for each stamp on your punch card. Each ticket is a chance to win prizes of your choice. Drop as many raffle tickets as you’d like in the bucket next to the prize you would like to win. The raffle begins promptly at 2 p.m. Participants are advised to practice bicycle safety: bring a lock, wear a helmet, and follow local traffic laws. We suggest children under 16 be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available at the MetroHealth Medical Center parking garage on Devonshire Rd. off Pearl Rd. Please avoid parking on the 3rd floor as that is reserved for patients and their visitors who need to access the medical center via the skyway. We also request that you walk your bikes down to the street level to avoid any injuries. Additional, but limited, parking is also available at the Speed Exterminating lot on Pearl, Burger King and the lot off Broadview Rd. just west of W. 33rd.

WE ARE FAMILY LITERACY CARNIVAL: Tuesday, June 6th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Max Hayes High School, 2211 W. 65th Street. Educational activities. Free games, food and prizes. Will move inside if it rains.


OHIO CITY INCORPORATED BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEET THE CANDIDATES COMMUNITY MEETING: Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue. Meet the Ohio City Inc. Board of Trustees candidates ahead of the Board Elections on Tuesday, May 23rd. To learn more about the candidates and voting visit:

NORTHEAST OHIO AREAWIDE COORDINATING AGENCY’S (NOACA) TRANSIT ADVISORY COUNCIL will meet on Friday, May 19 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at NOACA, 1299 Superior Avenue, also online at The agenda and meeting materials for the Transit Advisory Council meeting will be posted on the NOACA website,, a week before the meeting.


at  NOACA, 1299 Superior Avenue; also online at The agenda and meeting materials for the Bicycle & PedestrianAdvisory Council meeting will be posted on the NOACA website,, a week before the meeting.


IMPROV FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are looking for youth ages 8-17 who struggle with anxiety in social situations, constant worries and/or depression to participate in a study. This study will utilize improv, the theatrical art of performance and storytelling without a script. Participants will engage in 12 weeks of guided improve plus evidence-based techniques to reduce anxiety and depression. Each child or teen and their respective parent/guardian will also be asked to complete a survey and an interview at the beginning and end of the study. Each family will be paid for their time. For  more information, contact: Amy Przeworski, PhD. And Alex Piedra, M.A. at and visit our website: 

VOLUNTEERSSEEDS OF LITERACY, an adult education program, is experiencing a “critical shortage” of volunteers for their award-winning GED prep and basic adult education program. Seeds of Literacy provides FREE basic education and GED and HiSET preparation to adults in the Cleveland area and beyond. One-to-one tutoring and open, ongoing enrollment are keys to the success of our students. Instruction is provided in two Cleveland classrooms, as well as all over the country in our Virtual Classroom using Zoom. Tutor training is offered every 6 weeks. Find out how you can fight illiteracy, the root cause of poverty:

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