Parade the City
Art installations on view beginning June 12, 2021
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on large public gatherings, we have reimagined Parade the Circle 2021 and are calling it Parade the City. The program keeps the spirit of the annual event alive by pairing local artists with community groups to create together a total of eight celebratory art installations at community locations throughout Cleveland. Seven of the eight art installation locations will be viewable by the public. The CMA will provide maps at each installation location open to the public, at the Community Arts Center, and online at cma.org in time for the start of Parade the City on June 12.
Some locations have limited public open hours.
Alegría is a brilliant multicolor mural made of aluminum composite panels celebrating Latinx heritage.
Installation location: Viewable from the parking lot on Archwood Avenue
The quilt, titled Hidden in Plain Sight, celebrates the Underground Railroad. This is a community project involving children in grades 3 through 10 who will help color the panels.
Installation location: Second floor; accessible to families enrolled in Karamu programs
The installation is a totem ark, a suspended cardboard boat. High school visual arts students are contributing 2-D and 3-D artifacts and painted scrolls of paper pulp on cheesecloth to be hung around the piece.
Installation location: Southern glass corner of the school (to the left of the main entrance on Carnegie; park in lot on Deering Avenue; walk around building to view the glass staircase)
The Extended Family Underground Railroad quilt commemorates Juneteenth. Various activities will take place at each location, including entertainment, food, parades, guest performances, music, artifact and clothing displays, and much more. The quilt was made in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and a diverse group of women throughout Greater Cleveland.
Installation locations: Church of the Good Shepherd, The African American Cultural Garden, Forest Hill Church, Restore Cleveland Hope; no longer on view.
The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is creating a 3-D sculptural diorama of Cleveland’s cityscape as they want to imagine it in the future, using sustainable and repurposed materials. After the exhibit is closed, the creation will be reused as part of the upcoming Pride parade.
Installation location: Center’s main lobby; no longer on view.
Library staff, patrons, and friends in the community are collecting plastic bottles. These will be hung from the top of tall bamboo poles that will be installed around the outside of the library’s new entry, where they will blow in the breeze and catch the sunlight.
Installation location: Viewable outside, on Clark Avenue
This outdoor mural will be created on aluminum composite metal panels. The installation will reflect the diverse organizations within the building and the culture of the neighborhood.
Installation location: Attached to the brick façade near the main entryway of the building, viewable on West 25th Street and Castle Avenue; viewable mid-August.
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 animal guides, mounted onto large roll paper that will be showcased at Esperanza. 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