On Wednesday, May 12, WCPN’s Around Noon host Dee Perry will lead area college students in a panel discussion at the Cleveland Museum of Art titled “Populating the Future of University Circle.” The free event is open to the public, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. and program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s newly renovated Gartner Auditorium.
University Circle is a temporary home for more than 10,000 university and college students. The evening’s discussion will focus on the students’ current experiences in University Circle and whether their plans involve remaining in the area following graduation. They’ll also discuss the changes they’d recommend to businesses and community leaders to make the landscape of the neighborhood and Northeast Ohio region more attractive to them and their friends as a place to plant permanent roots.
“The students who are drawn here for educational purposes represent a very creative population,” says Perry. “It’s also a population that doesn’t often get a chance to share their thoughts in an open forum. I hope the interaction will be an enriching experience for the Circle Neighbors audience and the panelists.”
Participants will include students representing Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. The event is a presentation of Circle Neighbors, coordinated by The Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra, MOCA, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Those interested in attending the discussion should visit the Womens Council Web site  and click the RSVP button on the home page or call 216-707-2527.