Vibrant Shaker neighborhoods create a more vibrant Shaker.
Enter Moreland Rising: the City- and neighborhood-led collaboration with arts, business and development partners to create a Moreland hub of innovation.
Together, we will:
- Catalyze entrepreneurship along the Chagrin-Lee corridor
- Explore new ways for neighbors to connect with neighbors
- Cultivate an environment that continues to inspire art and artists
- Encourage innovative housing designs that set the standard for years to come
- Review our calendar of events and be a part of Moreland Rising, as an artist, developer or an innovator.
- Read the latest news on Moreland Rising.
- Learn more about Moreland Rising in Shaker Life magazine: Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2017
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant
In 2017, the Moreland neighborhood received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to continue the work around art, community engagement and neighborhood history. See the Cleveland.com story here. Through this grant the city will be working with the non-profit arts organization Ingenuity Cleveland to host a series of community conversations about what's important to Moreland residents in public art projects and also to have two community artistic events in the summer of 2018.
November 18, 2017—Make Your Mark on History: This community conversation was facilitated by Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Ingenuity Cleveland and featured a talk by Kimberly Driggins, Detroit's director of strategic planning. Driggins was a 2016 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and is much-admired for her work on creative placemaking.
Through a series of interactive stations, residents were invited to offer input on the creation of gateways into the Moreland neighborhood, and think about historic people and places to highlight through the creation of historic markers. Feedback will be used to create a call for artists who will design the gateways and historic markers in the neighborhood.
June 2018: Event TBA
August 2018: Event TBA
Moreland History Project
Learn more about the history of this dynamic neighborhood at the Moreland History Project, a collaborative research project by residents, the City, the Shaker Library, the Shaker Historical Society, the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) and Cleveland State University.
Shaker Makers Event
The Shaker Makers event is a show-and-tell-and-touch-and-taste for innovators and creators to discover and explore—all in one place. The inaugural event was held at The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.) on April 22, 2017. The 2018 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28.
Shaker Design Competition
In September 2016, the City announced the Shaker Design Competition, which sought Design/Build teams to create the next generation of top-quality, sustainable middle-income housing on tax-abated land in the City of Shaker Heights. Three teams—one international, one national and one local—received the top prizes at an awards ceremony on February 10, 2017.
- Listen to a recording of the October 19, 2016 Design Competition Interactive Forum.
- Read the press release announcing the winners.
- View the winning submissions
SPARKS! (Spaces, Arts and Parks)
The City has partnered with various organizations to help realize this vision:
- In 2016, Ingenuity Cleveland hosted monthly events aimed at artists and entrepreneurs. Listen to the July 14 panel discussion, The Artists Role in Neighborhood Development: What You Want to See and the August 18 community forum Entrepreneurship: Resources and Regional Impacts.
- Sankofa Fine Arts worked with residents to articulate their visions of the neighborhood, culiminating in the installation of a new mural for Chelton Park. The project was led by Sankofa artists Gary Williams and Robin Robinson.
- Shaker Arts Council hosted SHAC Pops Up at The Dealership in October 2016. Visit the Arts Council online for more information.
- Shaker Heights Recreation Department launched the Arts in the Park summer program, a free supervised drop-in arts and crafts-making time for children, in the summer of 2016.
- The Dealership, 3558 Lee Rd., is the Shaker Heights Development Corporation hub for entrepreneurs and inspired business ideas and will provide the meeting space for Moreland-focused events.
Connect with Moreland
In September 2015, the City launched a program to encourage greater involvement of Moreland residents in revitalizing the neighborhood. You can:
- Attend a Neighbor Night from 6-8 pm at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Rd., on the last Tuesday of every month
- Learn more about the neighborhood online
- View our calendar of events
- Visit Moreland Phoenix Rising on Facebook
- Sign up to receive Moreland news and information about upcoming events
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