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Celebrating diversity: Pride month and Juneteenth bring June festivities
With Juneteenth and Pride Month both occurring in June, there has been a lot of celebrations of diversity in Cleveland. Thanks to grant funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, many area organizations staged world-class celebrations.
From visitor to leader: Sonia Winner charts the future at CMNH
Cleveland Museum of Natural History president and CEO Sonia Winner practically raised her children among the museum's dinosaurs and other collections before becoming the institution's leader in 2018. Now she's overseeing the $150 million renovation project.
Summer jam: CMA’s Summer Solstice draws revelers to celebrate the season
The weather was perfect for Summer Solstice 2023 at the Cleveland Museum of Art this past weekend, and Bob Perkoski joined the revelers to document the evening for this photo essay.
Support network: Village of Healing wins $1 million grant to combat health inequities
The Village of Healing Center opened its doors in Euclid last year to combat the health inequities Black women experience and the high infant mortality rates in Cuyahoga County. A $1 million St. Luke's Foundation grant will help the organization expand its services and coverage area.
History lessons: Canalway’s Cleveland History Days returns with more than 50 events
Canalway's annual Cleveland History Days starts Friday, with more than 50 events, talks, activities, and tours over nine days.
Pickleball frenzy: Clevelanders embrace the country’s fastest-growing sport
The pickleball craze is taking off in Northeast Ohio. The hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and new facilities are popping up all over Greater Cleveland.
Parade prep: Artists, makers, and community members get ready for Parade the Circle
The Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle returns this weekend, after a three-year hiatus. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski stopped by the studio tent to capture lead artist Héctor Castellanos Larais and his team getting ready.
Pride in the CLE: A movement towards social equality, peace, love, and respect for all
Pride in the CLE 2023 took place last Saturday, June 3, when thousands of revelers hit the downtown streets to celebrate Northeast Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community, and advocate for the equitable and just treatment for everyone. See the photos here.
Rooted in nature: Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grants nurture opportunities for new growth.
Northeast Ohio arts and culture organizations are fostering a love for growing food, working in the garden, and teaching others. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is helping with its 2023 project support grants.
Enhancing nature: Metroparks' Zimmerman has spent past 13 years on improvements, more to come
Many positive changes have occurred at the Cleveland Metroparks since Brian Zimmerman took over as CEO in 2010, with many more projects ongoing and on the horizon.
Time to shine: Playhouse Square's Dazzle Awards build community for high school performing artists
It's local high school students' time to shine for their work in musical theater. Playhouse Square this weekend hosts its annual Dazzle Awards at the KeyBank State Theatre.
New cybersecurity compliance a potential boon for local manufacturing firms
Manufacturing companies are learning the importance of achieving the Department of Defense's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and the benefits that come along with it.
Hanging out: Group aims to turn Coventry space into an outdoor living room
A group of Coventry residents and artists wants to turn Harvey Pekar Park on Coventry into an outdoor living room to encourage socializing and increase foot traffic to local businesses. The group is raising money through the ioby and Cuyahoga Arts & Cuyahoga Arts & Culture match program.
'Damn Fine Dog': Genomic sequencing allows researchers to investigate Balto’s pedigree
Cleveland Museum of Natural History has helped unlock DNA for sequencing and genomics knowledge for Balto, the sled dog who in a blizzard helped deliver lifesaving medicine during an outbreak of diphtheria.
Photo essay: Ghost Signs of CLE
Ghost Signs, old hand-painted advertisements, can be found around the world. Managing photographer Bob Perkoski kick off this new series with some of his own images of Ghost Signs of CLE.
Shaping the future of energy: A look at Ohio’s renewable energy sustainability challenges
At a recent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub forum on Shaping the Future of Energy, the conversation centered around the Ohio’s renewable energy future, its innovators, challenges with carbon emissions, and opportunities.
Photo essay: Some Renaissance art and majesty from Cleveland Museum of Art’s The Tudors
The Cleveland Museum of Art's popular exhibit The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England runs through Sunday, May 14. FreshWater's managing photographer Bob Perkoski took a tour and captured some highlights in this photo essay.
The fate of Euclid Beach Motor Home Park
After more than a year of planning and community meetings on the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, Western Reserve Land Conservancy in February told the residents they must move out and the property will become a part of the Cleveland Metroparks and a larger revitalization project for North Collinwood and Lakeshore Avenue.
Signs of spring: University Circle’s cherry blossoms in photos
Last week was peak time for taking in the cherry blossoms around University Circle. Bob Perkoski caught the blooms in all their glory to brighten your day.
The air we breathe: How local agencies are working for cleaner air
The effects of air pollution are far reaching—creating and aggravating breathing problems, damaging wildlife and forests, creating greenhouse gases and accelerating global warming. The Global Shapers Cleveland Hub and Black Environmental Leaders recently hosted a discussion among Cleveland air quality experts, who talked about the problems, the health disparities in Cleveland's poor and minority neighborhoods, and what can be done to improve our city that ranks as one of the worst in the country.