Cleveland State University <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Design by artist SAM3 being painted on Cleveland Water's surge tank off the west end Shoreway <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Reflection of City Hall from Hilton Cleveland Downtown <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Metro Parks Centennial Trail 5K <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Representatives of the Vietnamese Garden at the One World Festival <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Looking out from the Global Center for Health Innovation <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span>


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Civics Essential: How dark money, negative ads & campaign finance impact Ohioans at the ballot box

Civics Essential is an initiative to raise the civics knowledge of Ohio adults. Read the story first, then take the quiz.

Street LevelEmail Strategy Cards

Out of the (in)box: This Clevelander wants to cure your email woes

Chances are you’ve felt a wave of panic after hitting “send” on an email. Ian Charnas has felt it too, and that’s precisely why he came up with Email Strategy Cards—a deck of cards with suggestions on how to navigate the tricky waters of effective email communication.

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New home, new possibilities for Urban Squash Cleveland

Over the last seven years, Urban Squash Cleveland has relied on the resources of its educational partners to share its unique enrichment formula with inner-city students, but last Saturday, October 13, USC proudly opened the doors to its very own 10,000-square-foot Youth Development Center. Not only is the new facility just the sixth of its kind in the country, but it will also allow Urban Squash Cleveland to double the number of students taking part.

Street LevelAbolition Bakery at the Old Brooklyn Farmers Market

This Old Brooklyn bakery is fighting human trafficking, one cupcake bouquet at a time

A cupcake bouquet can make anyone's day—but, for some, it can make a world of difference. Enter Abolition Bakery, the brainchild of Old Brooklyn resident Rita Ballenger. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the home-based bakery operation donates a portion of its proceeds to help combat a devastating issue: human trafficking.

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New Glenville creative arts learning center aims to inspire youth

FRONT International may have concluded its colorful run, but the former FRONT Porch space in Glenville will continue its arts and culture legacy with the opening of the new Center for Arts-Inspired Learning—a creative arts center for children and teens set to open this Sunday, October 21.

Feature StoryOld Brooklyn resident LaRaun Clayton

The stories of Old Brooklyn come alive at FreshWater's On the Ground storytelling event

As Cleveland's largest neighborhood, Old Brooklyn has no shortage of compelling stories to be shared, and our storytelling event provided the perfect platform to do just that.

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Who's Hiring in CLE: NASTT, Cleveland Restoration Society, Global Cleveland, WEWS, HelloFresh....

Welcome to the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This installment includes jobs from NASTT, Cleveland Restoration Society, Global Cleveland, WEWS, HelloFresh, and Trinity Cathedral. Click here for the freshest job opportunities fit to print.  

Feature StoryGavin and Brooke Lehman of Cleveland Blacksmithing, LLC

What’s old is new again: Clevelanders are embracing time-honored trades

While The Land looks toward the future with a boom in growth and development, many Clevelanders are turning towards the past with a growing interest in crafts dating back thousands of years. Cases in point: MidTown's burgeoning Glass Corridor, and the trendy-by-accident Cleveland Blacksmithing.

Street LevelHumez work-in-progress: a figure from from illustrator George Kocar's Parade of Fools.

Invisible touch: How a local sculptor is translating modern art into 3D brain candy for the blind

Pop-surrealist sculptor Leslie Edwards Humez is on a mission to make contemporary art accessible to the blind with her Perceiving Art Through Sculpture (PATS) initiative. For the past six months, Edwards Humez has been creating sculptural replicas of paintings and illustrations—which are then scanned and 3D printed as a means to getting visual ideas into the hands of the blind community.

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Cleveland's collection of world-class arts institutions would be a boon for a city of any size. For nearly a century the Cleveland Museum of Art has served as one of the finest galleries in all the land, recently made all the better thanks to a just-completed $350-million transformation. Rubbing ...

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During the day, downtown Cleveland functions as the governmental, commercial and legal nucleus of Cuyahoga County. Daily, tens of thousands of people commute here to work at law firms, banks, insurance companies and in municipal offices. At the end of the day, many of those people get in cars or hop ...