University Circle

5 up-and-coming artists to watch in Cleveland
From a dynamic duo bringing back Glenville to a Sudanese designer working on a welcome center for Irishtown Bend, these artists are changing the city's creative landscape.
Summer Sprout takes urban gardeners from rookies to green thumbs
Replacing urban vacant lots with green spaces provides countless benefits for local neighborhoods, but one of the most rewarding parts of the city's gardening program is seeing beginning gardeners transform into leaders.
Lake effect: Four big Erie Hack ideas that can help keep our lake Great
As the Cuyahoga River draws closer to a momentous milestone with the Cuyahoga50 celebration, Lake Erie is also having its time in the sun. On Thursday, June 20, nine teams from across the Great Lakes region will gather in Cleveland to compete in the finals for Erie Hack 2.0—an innovation challenge spearheaded by Cleveland Water Alliance.
Vibrant City Awards recap: Meet the changemakers shaping Cleveland for the better
Right next to the newly christened Euclid Beach Pier, more than 550 community leaders gathered lakeside for the fifth annual Vibrant City Awards—presented by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) and Delta Dental and highlighting the best in local urban revitalization efforts.
Leadership in the green space is mostly white, but this Cleveland group is working to add more color
When Kent Whitley talks about environmental issues, he doesn’t start with words like “sustainability” or terms like “carbon footprint."

“It’s so hard to talk with these big words. You have to go to the dictionary,” he says with a laugh.
Instead he brings the issues down to earth, to air, and to water.

“I say, ‘The lake is dirty...and it’s affecting you.’”

That kind of bluntness is how Whitley and others plan to convince African Americans that they have a stake in environmental policy.

New energy is infused into former Barking Spider with opening of Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club
In case the psychedelic decor and music posters that wallpaper his Dave's Cosmic Subs shops don't give it away, rock-and-roll energy encompasses founder Dave Lombardy—and the opening of Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club in the former Barking Spider Tavern space on the Case Western Reserve University campus has him even more energized.
The savvy Clevelander's guide to supporting local films at CIFF
Running from March 27 through April 7, the 43rd installment of the Cleveland International Film Festival is in full swing. With a theme of “Welcome,” #CIFF43 is spotlighting 211 feature films and 237 short films representing 71 countries—but even with such a diverse cast of characters, there is no shortage of selections with Cleveland connections.
How two Clevelanders are tackling workplace inequity and bullying with The Scarlet Letters Project
Bullying doesn’t stop at school—workplace bullying is on the rise, with more than 60 million U.S. workers affected. Yet the U.S. is the only industrialized Western nation not to have laws against abusive workplace conduct. In light of that reality, Lauren Welch and Bethany Studenic are making it their mission to combat toxic workplace culture with The Scarlet Letters Project.
Help Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage "Stop the Hate" this Thursday
Each year, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage sponsors a “Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out” essay writing contest—designed to empower youth in grades six through 12 to confront issues such as racism, homophobia, ableism, and xenophobia. This Thursday, March 14, this year's winners will be announced at a special ceremony that is free and open to the public.
Karis Dolls help kids cope with traumatic family situations
Inspired by three young children who lost their father, India Gill has created Karis Dolls to help kids through traumatic events.
The state of Cleveland print media: Local journalists ponder journalism in the next era
Anyone who set foot in the Beachland Ballroom last Saturday might have thought the rumors of print media's demise have been greatly exaggerated. At the sold-out Concert for Truth, more than 450 people gathered to show their support for local journalism and those who bring us the news every day. The event featured 11 local musicians who volunteered their time and talents to raise about $5,000 for the 24 Plain Dealer employees who are being laid off after March.
Why Say Yes to Education is a game-changer for not just CMSD students, but all of Cleveland
With 20 cities in the running, Cleveland’s chances of becoming the next Say Yes to Education chapter—and only the fourth in the country to receive the distinction—were just a paltry five percent. Yet according to Say Yes founder George Weiss, it was no contest.
Cleveland's newest "it" florist has set up shop in Cleveland Heights
For Scott Robertson, every flower he uses in his creations is a work of art reflecting his own personal spin on design. “I think what we do here is really floral art, because we don’t just throw things in a vase,” he says of his new Stems Fleur floral and gift boutique in Cleveland Heights. “We mix traditional and really clean, modern looks, and people are starting to recognize our work.”
This University Circle theatre company is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
When Mark and Bill Corcoran laid eyes on an elegant ballroom stage in their new senior living community at Judson Manor, Bill got a glimpse of the retired couple’s "second act"—bringing professional theatre to University Circle.
CIA's ThinkCraft: Fresh Takes crafts a new appreciation for modern makers
If the word “craft” brings to mind Pinterest projects or hot glue guns, you’re not alone. “For people who don’t know that much about the art world, they have a notion of Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, or going to outdoor craft fairs,” says Jessica Calderwood, a 2001 Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) alumna. Enter “ThinkCraft: Fresh Takes," an exhibition running at CIA's Reinberger Gallery through next Friday, December 14 that aims to broaden that perspective.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day brings its message of empowerment to The Land
Chagrin Falls native Wendy Diamond is used to changing lives. Thanks to her advocacy work as the founder of Animal Fair Media, Diamond has helped to boost pet adoption nationwide—literally saving the lives of shelter dogs and cats. But after a trip to Honduras in 2013, she turned her attention to helping human lives by launching Women's Entrepreneurship Day, which will make its Cleveland debut on November 12.
Lakefront living options continue to grow with the expansion of The Shoreline
Most Clevelanders have driven past the former Quay 55 building thousands of times while zooming up and down the Shoreway. But what many locals may not know is that the building is now known as The Shoreline Apartments—designed to offer resort-style living right on the shores of Lake Erie, according to new owner John Carney.
Inside MOCA's compelling new Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle exhibition
At the heart of Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle—currently on exhibition at MOCA—are five mural-sized paintings unlikely to be forgotten any time soon. It’s the past, present, and future makeup of the Great Lakes on which the exhibition focuses: invasive species; mastodon bones left over from the lakes’ inception about 14,000 years ago; a genetically modified cow grossly mutilated; and byproducts from the agriculture industry feeding tributaries that will birth toxic algal blooms.
Sister act: Two Cleveland Heights students team up to create an A+ app for homeschoolers
Cleveland Heights sisters Maya and Nina Serna haven’t even completed high school, and keep a busy academic and social schedule, but in their spare time they've spent the last two years developing an app specifically to help students who are homeschoolers like themselves.
All the ways Cleveland is getting ready to rock the vote, and why they matter
Thrity Umrigar was merely going out to run some errands. But as she was waiting to pay a bill at her Cleveland bank, she turned around and saw a long line of people behind her. Suddenly, she wasn’t just an award-winning, nationally best-selling author; she was an engaged citizen who saw an opportunity that was just too good to pass up.