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Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
Cleveland's collection of world-class arts institutions would be a boon for a city of any size. Sorry, Milwaukee, you can't have it.

For nearly a century the Cleveland Museum of Art has served as one of the finest galleries in all the land, made better still by the soon-to-be-completed $260-million makeover and addition. Rubbing shoulders with the museum for the past 100 years has been the Cleveland Orchestra, which delights fine-music fans at home-base Severance Hall. Toss in PlayhouseSquare, the second-largest performing arts district in the country, Cleveland Public Theatre, Museum of Natural History, Cleveland International Film Festival, the Rock Hall, live-music clubs, and funky galleries too numerous to name, it is clear that art, indeed, lives here.

Arts and Culture Features

reading cleveland: a summer reading list by locals for locals

Getting out of Dodge? Need a good page-turner for the flight or beach? Don’t grab the latest bestseller from the rack of overpriced paperbacks at the airport. Instead, check out Fresh Water’s local-author reading list. Here are 5 sizzling summer reads that we invite you to check out.    

with historic influx of urban residents, cities are seeing a rise in amenities

After decades of population loss, cities like Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburgh are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what’s needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

for those about to rock, tri-c's music curriculum prepares you for a music-filled career

Any teenager with a smartphone and some ingenuity can record a song and download it to SoundCloud or YouTube. But Cuyahoga Community College’s recording arts and technology program prepares students for all types of positions within the audio industry.

fresh water and burning river fest team up for water-themed photo contest

Burning River Foundation and Fresh Water are sponsoring a photo contest in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the last burning of the Cuyahoga River. In anticipation of the upcoming Burning River Fest, we want to see your best water-themed photos -- from the winding Cuyahoga River to majestic Lake Erie -- that show how far we’ve come since that fateful summer of 1969.

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.
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Arts and Culture Founders

adam fleischer

adam fleischer

City: Cleveland Heights

Meet Adam Fleischer, co-founder of the Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, a fine wine and craft beer destination.

nan webb

nan webb

City: Little Italy

Meet Nan Webb, founder of Murray Hill Bolt & Spool.

kathleen colan

kathleen colan

City: Cleveland Heights

Meet Kathleen Colan founder of Your Story Social LLC.

steve manka

steve manka

City: MidTown

Meet Steve Manka, founder of Manka Design Studio, a public art firm in Midtown.

stephanie sheldon

stephanie sheldon

City: Ohio City

Meet Stephanie Sheldon, founder of Parfait, Indie Foundry, and Kiss and Bite.

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