Your voices and vision.

Dispatches from the Community Listening Project

Gallery : Slavic Village Listening Session

View highlights from CAC’s Listening Session at Golden Ciphers Youth Development and Cultural Arts Center in Cleveland’s Slavic Village.


Video : Street Team’s Sruti Basu

Sruti Basu, Cleveland Heights Street Team representative, talks about how residents create community and connect with others through culture.


Street Team : Hank Smith

Hank Smith has been retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2008, but he keeps busy by working as a community activist in his East Cleveland community. Hank spent the summer crossing the county as a member of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Street Team.

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Arts and culture bring a lot to the greater Cleveland community, and I wanted my neighbors in CMHA housing to have a say on what they wanted to see in the community.

Delores Gray

Gallery : Detroit Shoreway Listening Session

View selected images from CAC’s Listening Session at Detroit Shoreway Community Development on the near-west side of Cleveland.


Video : Street Team’s Gerome Anderson

Glenville Street Team member Gerome Anderson talks about what he heard throughout the project — focusing on leisure and quality of life with the young people of Cuyahoga County.


I’m involved in community activities on a regular basis, and this was the first time someone asked me to do something fun.

Hank Smith

Street Team : Deb Crane

Deb works for Cleveland Metropolitan School District as Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. She spent the summer working on the Street Team, travelling throughout Cuyahoga County to discover what residents think about arts and culture in the community.


Community Partner : Delores Gray

Delores is a resident of the Central neighborhood and serves as an advocate in her neighborhood as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Care Alliance Health Center. She volunteered her time as a member of the Street Team, hosting conversations to discover what residents think about arts and culture in the community.


Video : Street Team’s Rachel Oscar

Ohio City Street Team member Rachel Oscar discusses the process of hearing from the residents of Cuyahoga County.


There should be a public square in every neighborhood to allow for artistic expression.

A Resident of Buckeye-Shaker

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I’m not sure what it looks like, but I want more arts and culture in communities of color and chances for children to gain an appreciation of arts.

A Resident of Lakewood