University Circle

Meet Cleveland's newest crop of young artistic talent via CIA
On May 18, 123 Cleveland Institute of Art seniors celebrated commencement at Maltz Center for the Performing Arts—representing 15 majors from Game Design to Printmaking. We spoke with five of CIA's most recent graduates to find out more about their mediums, messages, and what's in store for these talented artists.
Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for April 2018
Fresh Water's monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up the freshest free events in Cleveland.
Hitchcock Center shines the light at the end of the tunnel for women in recovery
At 25, Sara tried cocaine for the first time. “That was just the drug for me, and it was never enough,” she recalls. “It was very expensive, and I was spending all our money on drugs.” But thanks to Hitchcock Center for Women—the only treatment house in Cuyahoga County specifically focused on women and the only residential recovery center that allows women to bring their children with them during their stays—Sara is now nearly two years sober.
Arts for all: How Cuyahoga Arts & Culture helps local arts organizations meet special needs
Much like the Cleveland Museum of Art's motto, “for the benefit of all of the people forever,” many other local arts organizations also try to ensure that everyone can enjoy their offerings—no matter what life challenges they may face. Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) supports area cultural organizations that put forth an extra effort in accommodating patrons with special needs.
Neighborhoods by the numbers: How the new Progress Index is a win for CLE residents
Three years in the making, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) is ready to release its Progress Index to the public. Aimed at fostering inclusive Cleveland communities of choice and opportunity, the Index had previously been available to Cleveland’s 31 community development corporations (CDCs), who helped test and fine-tune the tool.
Full circle: One University Circle prepares to open its doors in April
Soaring 20 stories into the Cleveland skyline, One University Circle is almost ready for its close-up. In April, the building will welcome its first tenants as the neighborhood’s first high-rise apartment building community in more than 40 years.
How Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is helping organizations heal others through arts and music
The process of producing paintings, ceramics, and other art—as well as making music—isn’t just a creative skill. It’s a life skill. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture recognizes the importance of art and music therapy, supporting about 20 area organizations that offer such programming. FreshWater takes an inside look at their colorful and cathartic work.
UH Bikes to roll onto Lorain Avenue this week
As UH Bikes marks the end of its second bike sharing program cycle in Cleveland this spring, the popular program is marking the milestone with a move to new offices in the Detroit Shoreway’s Antiques District at 7900 Lorain Ave. Find out more about what this move means for the neighborhood here.
CIA kicks off its 72nd annual Student Independent Exhibition

Today marks the start of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s 72nd Student Independent Exhibition (SIE). Through March 18, this annual exhibition will be presenting over 100 works of art—from paintings to drawing to ceramics to video—at the Reinberger Gallery. Gallery director Nikki Woods says the exhibition is designed to "remind us of the importance of playful experimentation and the need to take chances, and to question the status quo."

The jurors for this student-organized exhibition include Chicago artist Claire Ashley, Cincinnati artist and "Shark Girl" creator Casey Riordan Millard, and Athens-based printmaker Art Werger.

The exhibition kicks off tonight with an opening night reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Reinberger Gallery (11610 Euclid Ave.).

Historic Hessler Road townhomes are becoming modern-day living apartments
As president of Berusch Development Partners, Russell Berusch converts college campuses into neighborhoods that are convenient and accessible for the typical college student, such as University Circle’s Uptown neighborhood and Euclid 116 student apartments.

Now Berusch is taking on an historic neighborhood on Hessler Road in University Circle.
Redfin names Shaker Heights and University Circle among "Neighborhoods That Have It All"
Redfin recently dropped their list of “25 Neighborhoods That Have it All,” and this year, two Cleveland neighborhoods have made the cut. In a ranking dominated by the Chicago metropolitan area, Shaker Heights and University Circle throw spotlight on Cleveland, weighing in at numbers 16 and 20, respectively. Read all about the rankings here.
Public input will help shape Cuyahoga County's plan for a linked green network
The vision for Cuyahoga Greenways would connect every community in the county through a network of greenways, trails, parks, transportation routes, and neighborhoods. A joint plan between the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACCA), and the Cleveland Metroparks, the project has entered its second phase with officials asking for public input on the concept and initial plans.  
Who's Hiring in #CLE: JACK Casino, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Orchestra, Movement Project...
Welcome to the latest edition of Fresh Water Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This edition includes jobs from Cleveland Foundation, JACK Cleveland Casino, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Orchestra, The Movement Project, and Cleveland Botanical Garden. Click here for the freshest opportunities fit to print.
Celebrate! 2018 marks major milestones for beloved CLE institutions
As anyone who attended the Cavs championship parade knows, the Land knows how to throw a party—and with multiple centennial celebrations over the past few years, there has certainly been a lot to celebrate. The party continues into 2018 as a number of Cleveland institutions, organizations, and businesses mark major milestones.
Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for January 2018
The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all of the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval. See what's on tap for January here
PHOTOS: Get spirited away with Cleveland's festive holiday light displays
From Nela Park to Public Square, Cleveland is full-on festive when it comes to the holidays. Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski set out to capture our city in all of its glittery glory this holiday season.
How a $3.2 million grant is helping Cleveland Rape Crisis Center expand its services on campus
Recently, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center received a $3.2 million VOCA payment, the largest grant in its 40-year history. Part of that funding is helping to expand advocacy and outreach services on college campuses around Cleveland.
University Circle's Magnolia Clubhouse completes major renovation in historic home
Since 1961, Magnolia Clubhouse has been a place where people with mental illness can go for friendship, counseling, help finding employment, and even just to get a good meal. Situated in two neighboring early 1900s houses, Magnolia Clubhouse is located at 11101 and 11027 Magnolia Drive in University Circle—and about to enter the final stages of a $3.85 million renovation effort.
Passport to Cuba: The surprising connection between Cleveland and Cuba, and why it matters
In early October, Cleveland became the first northern port city to sign a memo of understanding with Cuba’s maritime administration—effectively paving the way for future trade possibilities. The agreement makes a fitting cap for what has been a year of rich synergy between Cleveland and Cuba across the spectrum, from art to entrepreneurship to architecture to dance.
This is the first-ever museum exhibit to tell the full story of Cleveland—and it's a page-turner
Interested in learning more about Cleveland's rich history? Point your GPS toward Cleveland Starts Here, the new permanent exhibit opening tomorrow at Cleveland History Center.

According to director Angie Lowrie, Cleveland Starts Here will cover the time period from the city's origins in the 1790s all the way through the Cavs taking home the gold in 2016.

"We used to have a core exhibit that talked about the early history of the Western Reserve, but the history [coverage] ended at the Civil War," says Lowrie. "There was no one place that you could get the full story of what Cleveland is all about. Cleveland Starts Here is an opportunity to show a lot more of our stuff and do it in a way that shows people the story of Cleveland."