Today we unveiled a colorful three-story mural at our Gordon Square campus located at 5209 Detroit Avenue. The vibrant mural, on the Centers’ Reinberger Auditorium, will welcome people to the neighborhood as they approach from downtown and the east.
Our mural is one of eight recently installed as part of the Gordon Square Arts District’s work to infuse the neighborhood with art that is free and accessible to everyone. The murals appear along Detroit Avenue between W. 52nd Street and W. 74th Street.
“We’re thrilled to have the Centers for Families and Children as our largest mural location in the Gordon Square Arts District,” said Carrie Carpenter, President & Executive Director of the Gordon Square Arts District.
Members of the Centers team put the finishing touches on the first half of the mural. Left to right are: Kristie Persson, Carmen Gomez, Carly Crislip and Ken Eckstein.
Artists Katey and Jessie get ready for their first ribbon-cutting ceremony with Greg Peckham of LANDStudio.
Snip, SNIP! Katey, Jessie, Greg Peckham, Councilman Matt Zone, Elizabeth Newman, Carrie Carpenter and Matt Sattler make the gateway mural official.
“Elizabeth Newman has led the Centers for Families and Children to be an outstanding organization in our neighborhood. They not only serve over 2,000 children, adults, and families each year, but this mural demonstrates their wonderful commitment to the arts and the revitalization of the neighborhood,” added Carpenter.
The Gordon Square Arts District partnered with LAND Studio and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization to coordinate the mural project. Funding from The Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland Casino Revenue Fund, Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone, Hilton, The David and Inez Myers Foundation, American Greetings and Sherwin-Williams supports the project.
The mural was painted by artist duo Jessie and Katey.
“We want The Centers to be an anchor within the neighborhood and we are grateful to be a part of this extraordinary public-private partnership to bring this dynamic art installation to the Gordon Square Arts District,” said Elizabeth Newman, president and CEO of The Centers and Circle Health Services. “Our work to strengthen the community by providing life-changing solutions rooted in the health and success for every individual and family is reflected not only in the vibrant mural that will welcome people to the neighborhood, but in each of the remarkable images that will be located throughout the district.”
The other seven murals feature local Cleveland artists.
- Darius Steward’s mural is being painted on the eastern wall of Buehner’s Office Supply Co. (5818 Detroit Ave.)
- Ryan Jaenke is painting on the western wall of the Butcher Building (6814 Detroit Ave.)
- Dante Rodriguez is painting on the western wall of Astoria Café & Market (6417 Detroit Ave.)
- The building at 6805 Detroit Ave. will have two murals; Lisa Quine is painting the east wall and Justin Michael Will is painting the west wall.
- Matthew Sweeney’s mural will be installed on the western wall of Banter (7320 Detroit Ave.)
- Cleveland artist Eileen Dorsey in collaboration with Chicago-based graffiti artist Ish Muhammad through a partnership with Graffiti Heart and Neighborhood Connections painted the first mural in September 2017 on the western side of Stockyard Meats (6105 Detroit Ave.)
LAND studio worked with the artists and managed the mural installations. LAND studio has worked on public art projects throughout the neighborhood and is a partner in its arts-based revitalization.
“The neighborhood itself is becoming a canvas for the best and brightest of local and national artistic talent. This summer’s mural art initiative takes Gordon Square’s creative energy beyond the walls of the neighborhood’s theaters and galleries. This is just the start of creating a free, open air gallery across Gordon Square for everyone to enjoy,” said Greg Peckham, Executive Director of LAND studio.
Come by and see it for yourself and tag your pictures @thecentersohio with the hashtag #togetherforall.