Parade the City

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 in time for the start of Parade the City on June 12.

Some locations have limited public open hours.

1. The Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
2800 Archwood Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44109
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

2. Karamu House
2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106
Artist: Robin Robinson

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

3. The Cleveland School of the Arts
2064 Stearns Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Artist: Claudio Orso-Giacone

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)

4. Extended Family
Multiple locations (see schedule)
Artist: Sue Berry

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.

5. The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
6705 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102
Artist: Denajua

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.

6. Cleveland Public Library
3096 Scranton Road, Cleveland, OH 44113
Artist: Ian Petroni

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

7. The PIVOT Center for Art, Dance, and Expression (available to view in mid-June)
2937 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Artist: Jan Stickney-Kleber

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.

8. Esperanza
3104 West 25th Street, 4th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44109
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 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

Parade the Circle History