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Partner Content Stephanie Ginese, a 2021 Unidos awardee, uncovered stories laced with prejudice but was also inspired by the perseverance of her elders.

Unidos por el Arte shines light on local Latinx artists

Now in its third year, Julia de Burgos' Unidos por el Arte program uses Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant money to funds projects by local Latinx artists.

Breaking Ground The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge under construction in 1932.

The Hope Memorial Bridge and the coveted Guardians of Transportation: Lasting Cleveland icons

Cleveland Masterworks: The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, today known as the Hope Memorial Bridge, boasts the iconic Guardians of Transportation that inspired the name of our newly-named baseball team.

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NORA to distribute free produce this Friday

The Northern Ohio Recovery Association will distribute free produce on Friday, Oct. 15. 

Feature Story Jen McMillen Smith, LISW-S, Social Work Specialist at MetroHealth Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease, tells the stories of some of the AIDS patients on the quilts who she helped at the hospital.

CONVERGE: the LGBTQ arts event in photos

The CONVERGE visual arts exhibition is drawing to a close Saturday. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski documented the massive arts event dedicated to LGBTQ art and artists. 

Breaking Ground Carl Stokes Presents Hough Revitalization Effort, October 25, 1968 .

Cleveland Restoration Society receives funding for an African American Cultural Heritage Fellow

The Cleveland Restoration Society is looking for a one-year Fellow to help implement its Cleveland Civil Rights Trail project. 

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Halloween goes to the dogs: Lakewood’s annual Spooky Pooch parade is Saturday

Get ready for a howling good time this coming Saturday, Oct. 16, when the 14th annual Spooky Pooch Parade hits the streets of Lakewood.

Breaking Ground ‘Life is Sharing the Same Park Bench’ mural dedication

Legendary mural: LAND studio unveils restored 1969 mural ‘Life is Sharing the Same Park Bench’

As LAND studio celebrated its 10th anniversary of creating public art and public spaces in Cleveland this past Saturday, Oct. 9, the newly-restored mural “Life is Sharing the Same Park Bench” on East 9th Street and Superior Avenue was unveiled. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on East Third Street

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

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Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for October 2021

The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval.

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Lights up on Cleveland Play House: Theater is ready to raise the curtain after a long, dark period

Eighteen months after going dark because of the pandemic, the Cleveland Play House is getting ready to raise the curtain this month. Read about what theater life was like while the curtain was down.

Partner Content Social isolation has always been a challenge for the older population and the pandemic has brought more attention to the mental health challenges of older adults.

Caring for the vulnerable: The impact of COVID-19 on mental health in teens and seniors

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a widespread impact on everyone's mental health, but children and seniors are especially vulnerable to anxiety, isolation, and depression during this time. Cleveland Clinic doctors provide some advice on how to protect our loved ones.

Street Level Painting by Dexter Davis.Textiles by Loraine Lynn. Furniture by SO-IL.

Sneak peek: Cleveland claims its position FRONT and center in the international art world

A lot can happen in four years, and for many of us, 2018—the year that FRONT Triennial made its colorful debut across Cleveland—feels like a lifetime ago. As the triennial event prepares to yet again position The Land at the epicenter of the global art world next summer, FRONT plans to explore much-needed themes of healing and transformation.

Breaking Ground Riverside Cemetery Gatehouse

Westside garden: Riverside Cemetery is Cleveland’s first parklike cemetery on the west side

Cleveland Masterworks: Riverside Cemetery, one of the city's first parklike garden cemeteries, and the first one on Cleveland's west side.

Street Level Kenya Woods, performing in front of Severance Hall, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and holds more than 20 years of experience in dance performance, choreography, teaching, and leadership.

In his own words: Democracy is stronger with the arts

Jeremy V. Johnson, CEO and president of Assembly for the Arts, pleads the case for supporting the arts in Cleveland before Monday's debate between the two Cleveland mayoral candidates. 

Breaking Ground "Women of the World" by Alona Miller, Shaker Heights High School senior project student

Wrapped up: Shaker artists add new utility box wraps, creating public art all over the city

Shaker Heights is newly adorned with eight new wrapped utility boxes along the Red and Green RTA Rapid Transit lines in its fifth year of SHAC on TRAC.

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In her own words: A journey toward racial reconciliation and eliminating systemic racism

Slavic Village community steward Toni White shares her thoughts on her efforts to rid her neighborhood of racism, prejudice, and bigotry through open and honest discussion.

Feature Story DigitalC is working to create a more equitable digital future for Cleveland.

Making connections: Cleveland takes aim at digital divide

We're living in a digital age, but there continues to be a growing divergence between the haves and have-nots, with those who have internet access those who do not. DigitalC is trying to close that digital divide.

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Who’s Hiring in the CLE: NEO SoJo, City of Cleveland Heights, NLDP, Cleveland Play House

Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for.  

Breaking Ground Groundbreaking Ceremony Sept. 30 at East End Neighborhood House for New Community Gathering Space

Groups break ground on Ubuntu Gathering Place in Buckeye-Woodland Hills neighborhood

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy and other organizations celebrated the groundbreaking of Ubuntu Gathering Place—the beginning of a community park on an abandoned lot in Buckeye. 

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Baseball wars: Local filmmaker debuts film on fatal 1920 pitch that began Indians, Yankees rivalry

Cleveland Indians baseball takes center stage at the 12th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival with the premiere of local filmmaker Andy Billman's “War on the Diamond” on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

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Hope marches on: Salvation Army opens registration for holiday assistance

The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland opens registration today, Monday, Oct. 4 for families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Superior Avenue

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

Breaking Ground Ohio Means Jobs

Working together: OhioMeansJobs, Dave’s Markets team up to help residents find jobs, get training

OhioMeansJobsǀCleveland-Cuyahoga County has partnered with Dave’s Markets to hold Community Outreach events in Dave’s stores throughout October to help job seekers find training and employment. Find out where to catch the events here.  

Breaking Ground League Park

League Park: A large piece of Cleveland sports history

Cleveland Masterworks: As the 2021 MLB season draws to a close and the city transitions into the Cleveland Guardians, Tom Matowitz delves into the history of League Park and the Cleveland baseball teams—and football teams—that played in the early days.

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Unsilenced Voices of CMSD podcast: Both Sides with Stephen Conner

Unsilenced Voices of CMSD was created in partnership with CMSD, Report for America and NEO SoJo to provide an opportunity for CMSD students to talk about the issues they care about. Check out student Stephen Conner's podcast on bridging the divide between republicans and democrats.  

Feature Story Head of the Cuyahoga 2021

Rolling on the river: Head of the Cuyahoga photo essay

More than 1,400 rowers came out for the Cleveland Rowing Foundation’s 25th annual Head of Cuyahoga in the Flats on Saturday, Sep. 18. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski shares the event in this photo essay.

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The Great Lakes African American Writers Conference turns the page toward its 2021 event

As the author of "Little Lumpy's Book of Blessings," Rev. Dr. Leah Lewis is no stranger to the path to publication—and she founded the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference to help make sure others don’t get burned along the way.

Breaking Ground Driftwood Hospitality

Help wanted: Driftwood lures employees with good pay, perks, and a progressive work culture

With more than 450 open positions at Driftwood Hospitality's restaurants, catering business, and concessions business, owner Chris Hodgson is offering some nice work perks to draw interested applicants. 

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