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Parade the City 2021

A new twist on an old tradition
Stefanie Lima Taub, Director of Community Arts
September 1, 2021

Cleveland Public Library

As with most public gatherings this past year, Parade the Circle, the CMA’s signature event to kick off the summer, was unable to occur in the normal fashion. Keeping the spirit of the popular annual event alive, we reimagined a new iteration: Parade the City. Local artists were paired with community organizations to create eight celebratory art installations throughout Cleveland. Installations were viewable on June 12, which would have been Parade the Circle; some installations are still on view throughout the summer. Maps are available at the Community Arts Center and online at cma.org.

The Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
2800 Archwood Avenue
Artist: Hector Castellanos
Alegría is a brilliant multicolor mural made of aluminum composite panels celebrating Latinx heritage. 
Installation location: Viewable from the parking lot on Archwood Avenue

Karamu House
2355 East 89th Street
Artist: Robin Robinson
The quilt Hidden in Plain Sight celebrates the Underground Railroad. Children in grades 3 through 10 colored the panels for this community project. Installation location: Second floor; accessible to families enrolled in Karamu programs

The Cleveland School of the Arts
2064 Stearns Road
Artist: Claudio Orso-Giacone
The installation is a totem ark, a suspended cardboard boat. High school visual arts students contributed 2D and 3D artifacts and painted scrolls of paper pulp on cheesecloth to hang around the piece.
Installation location: Southern glass corner of the school (to the left of the main entrance on Carnegie Avenue)

Extended Family
Multiple locations
Artist: Sue Berry
The Extended Family Underground Railroad quilt commemorates Juneteenth. The quilt was made in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and a diverse group of women throughout Greater Cleveland.
Installation locations: The Church of the Good Shepherd, the African American Cultural Garden, Forest Hill Church, and Restore Cleveland Hope, Cozad Bates House; no longer on view

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Extended Family Underground Railroad Quilt

The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland 
6705 Detroit Avenue
Artist: Denajua
A 3D sculptural diorama of Cleveland’s cityscape as imagined in the future uses sustainable and repurposed materials. After the installation, the work will be reused in the upcoming Pride parade.
Installation location: Main lobby; no longer on view

Cleveland Public Library
3096 Scranton Road
Artist: Ian Petroni
Library staff, patrons, and friends in the community hung plastic bottles from the tops of tall bamboo poles so they blow in the breeze and catch the sunlight.
Installation location: On the south and west sides of the building, around the new entrance

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The Cleveland School of the Arts

The Pivot Center for Art, Dance, and Expression
2937 West 25th Street
Artist: Jan Stickney-Kleber
This outdoor mural created on aluminum composite metal panels reflects the dreams and expressions within the building and the neighborhood.
Installation location: Attached to the brick facade near the main entrance (viewable on West 25th Street and Castle Avenue) 

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Esperanza

Esperanza
3104 West 25th Street, 4th Floor
Artist: Debbie Apple-Presser
Students have created a protective “spirit animal guide” using animal attributes that represent inner strength, confidence, and solace. The installation is a “quilt” of the spirit animals, mounted onto large roll paper. Outreach workshops were conducted remotely with 30 students to discuss the design and construction of the installation using various paper materials.
Installation location: Not open for public viewing