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THE ARTS, THE REOPENING, AND THE RECOVERY AHEAD

Laura Kepley (LC 2021), Artistic Director, Cleveland Play House

Laura gave an overview of how Cleveland Play House worked through the challenges of the pandemic through virtual programming. She shared how they are viewing the upcoming season as a homecoming where old and new friends can re/connect and process the emotions of the past year, and gave an overview of each show in the 2021-2022 season. She also shared what’s happening around town through other arts organizations.

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Recorded 08/11/2021

CLEVELAND METROPARKS’ RE-CONNECTING CLEVELAND

Brian Zimmerman (LC2 2014, LC2 2012, LC 2011), CEO, Cleveland Metroparks

Brian gave a brief overview of all of the recent projects the Metroparks have completed (Whiskey Island Connector, Red Line Greenway, the Noshery, Towpath Stage 4, Brighton Park, Wendy Park Bride, The Lindsey Family Play Space, Eagle Zip Adventure, and the Lake Erie Water Trail), highlighted some of the happenings and opportunities for visitors across they park system – including their redesigned app, and shared plans for the future. He also noted the recent Innovation in Social Equity national award the Metroparks received and that they are once again a Finalist for the National Gold Medal Award for Parks & Recreation.

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Recorded 08/04/2021

TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES THROUGH VISUAL ART

Stamy Paul (LC 2020), Founder & President, Graffiti HeArt

Stamy shared Graffiti HeArt’s origin story, their work and growth over the past seven years in elevating the work of local artists and opening doors through scholarship opportunities for aspiring young artists. She shared some of the projects they’ve helped bring to life, as well as details about the upcoming WRDSMTH tour during which he will create 15 new murals across Cleveland.

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Recorded 07/28/2021

CLEVELAND’S WATERWAYS: ACCESS, ECONOMICS, AND INVESTMENTS

Will Friedman (LC 2012), President & CEO, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

The Port Authority is responsible for maintaining the port’s waterways and facilities, encouraging importers and exporters to use its facilities, and driving economic development through financial and real estate investments. Learn how they are working to advance their mission and increasing port usage and lake access.

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Recorded 07/21/2021

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM: HOW IT WILL IMPROVE LIFE OUTCOMES

Dorivette Nolan, Director of Policy, Planning, and Housing Mobility, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)

Aleksandra Tyler, Mobility and Landlord Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)

Carla Haren (ALI 2021, CLI 2019, CBB 2016), Executive Administrative Officer/Board Liaison, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)

The ZIP code in which a child lives is highly predictive of their long-term outcomes in life across all facets of life (financial, mental and physical health, education, etc.). CMHA was one of nine public housing authorities across the nation that participated in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Mobility Demonstration giving families the opportunity to move to low-poverty neighborhoods (aka opportunity areas). Dorivette, Aleksandra, and Carla shared how the HCV program works, the trends and research that led to its creation, its goals and the target populations. They discussed how it removes many of the barriers many face in moving to opportunity areas.

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Recorded 07/14/2021

RACE AND HISTORIC HOUSING INEQUALITY IN CLEVELAND

Dr. Todd M. Michney, Assistant Professor, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Redlining, a form of discriminatory denial of service based on race (largely focused on Black populations), has had devastating impacts across our country. Dr. Michney, author of  Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 discussed the history of redlining, its cascading effects over the years, and the resulting inequities in our communities today.

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Recorded 07/07/2021