From the Van Sweringens’ architectural standards in Shaker Heights to John D. Rockefeller’s support of Cain Park in Cleveland Heights to John Carroll University’s influence in University Heights, early residents, industrialists, white-collar professionals and academics were often patrons of museums, galleries and theaters in Cleveland, and extended this influence into their communities. These efforts helped to create a rich artistic heritage in the Heights, and neighborhoods like Larchmere and Coventry became known as eclectic, creative hubs.
Within the past few decades, arts-based nonprofits like Heights Arts and Shaker Arts Council formed to grow the impact of art in these communities, and the Shaker Historical Society added the Lissauer Art Gallery to highlight local talent. Today, the Heights are known for diverse and dynamic cultural scenes that benefit residents and visitors alike.
“When in Cleveland Heights, be sure to check out Heights Arts, Cain Park, Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, The Grog Shop, and Cedar-Lee Theater just to name a few of the many amazing spaces that make this area home to the arts!” says Tom Masaveg, program manager for Heights Arts.
Here’s just a few unique ideas to try around The Heights region:
“Welcome to Shaker Heights” Bike Tour on Saturday, June 17, will take riders to significant sites related to Shaker Heights history. This ride is great for families, especially new residents. More information can be found at: shakerhistory.org/bikeshaker
Make Like… All-Ages Art Kit
Ever seen a work of art and wished you could make it yourself? These craft kits will help you do just that. In celebration of Viktor Schreckengost, an industrial designer, teacher, sculptor and artist, the library is giving away supplies to make art like his signature style. Kits will be available starting Thursday, June 1, while supplies last. Registration is appreciated but not required. All ages are encouraged to participate. Noble Neighborhood branch of Heights Libraries. heightslibrary.org
This Art is for the Birds Summer Art Camp
This series of weekend family workshops run June 12-July 23 at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus in Cleveland Heights. There are also week-long multidisciplinary Arts Camps for half-day or full-day options for grades 4-6 and 7-10. Registration and fee required (sibling discounts available). All sessions led by professional artists, playwrights, poets, musicians and dancers including Robin VanLear, creator of Parade the Circle. artfulcleveland.org
Mobius is a growing network of parents, teachers, community members and volunteers raising funds and providing educational programs in performing and visual arts and sciences for all Cleveland Heights-University Heights kindergarten through eighth grade students. Examples of the artist residencies, art activities, science enrichment, and capital improvements include art kit for kindergartners, Lego Mindstorms, ballroom dance, batik, papermaking and puppetry. mobiuschuh.org/events
Coventry P.E.A.C.E Park
(People Enhancing a Child’s Environment) Park was built in 1993 by students, parents and other members of the Cleveland Heights community. The park has been a favorite of children and parents alike and was voted the best place to take your kids in both 2008 and 2009. The name “Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus” is derived from this organization and now stands for “People Enhancing a Community’s Environment.” Located at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Coventry.
Found Object Art Walks
Join visiting artists from Art House to create works of art inspired by exploration of your neighborhood. Each participant will search for items to create one-of-a-kind art pieces, and the series will include multiple art styles, from two-dimensional to small three-dimensional sculptures with materials chosen by participants. No previous art skills are needed, bring your creativity and imagination! Ages 6-11. First session is Thursday, June 29, 4-5:30 p.m. Check heightslibrary.org for registration and more dates. Lee Road Library Branch, Children’s Garden.
Shaker Dig 9 Day Camp
Shaker Historical Society’s 9th annual archaeological camp starts the week of July 10-14. This hands-on brings kids in second through fifth grade up close with archaeological finds from Northeast Ohio and around the world. Kids can create their own artifacts, too, all on the grounds of the SHS. Registration and fee required. shakerhistory.org.
Looking to Catch a Show in or Near The Heights?
Cedar Lee Theater (movies), Cleveland Heights, clevelandcinemas.com
Dobama, Cleveland Heights, dobama.org
Heights Youth Theatre (performances in South Euclid), heightsyouththeatre.com