Never, Ever Give Up

Never, Ever Give Up

Allison Meyer

2019 Finalist
Authentic Cleveland Experiences category

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Honoring Cleveland’s perseverance by allowing people to share and motivate others to never, ever give up with a wall of handwritten stories, answering the question: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

September 3, 2019

The Never, Ever Give Up – CLE art installation at Hart Crane Park has come to an end but Never, Ever Give Up Cleveland will continue to collect and share stories and Letters of Hope on their website, and on Facebook and Instagram.

Never Ever Give Up Cleveland was featured by Cleveland Magazine. In the article, Allison shares, “Stigma and societal norms tell us that we shouldn’t be sharing this, because somehow, it’s bad to struggle … But everybody has pain, and we should be able to share openly about that. My project is trying to liberate us from these pressures so we can interact in a way quickly that would normally take years.” Read the full story >

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July 16, 2019

Allison and her Never, Ever Give Up Cleveland project were highlighted by FreshWater Cleveland. In the article, Allison shares some of her thinking about the project. “You never really know what someone is going through … You never know the whole story. Maybe [people] will think about what others are going through and lead their lives with a little more kindness.”

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June 27, 2019

Never, Ever Give Up Cleveland hosted a Common Ground conversation on June 30 about “struggle, resilience, and sharing about hard times.” The conversation took place at the installation at Hart Crane Park. They also hosted an Open Mic Night at the installation on July 31.

May 9, 2019

Per a neverevergiveupcle Instagram page post, “Starting June 1st, come to Hart Crane Park downtown in the flats to view the installation that is Never, Ever Give Up – CLE. Read and connect with the stories and write someone a Letter of Hope to drop in the big yellow mailbox. The installation will be up until August 31st…”

Sharing our stories may be the most important thing we do for ourselves and for others. Come join us this summer, be a part of the community, and encourage others to never, ever give up.

Visit to learn more. You can also follow Never, Ever Give Up on Instagram @neverevergiveupcle and on Facebook at

April 8, 2019

Allison was on the Cool Cleveland podcast. Listen now >

March 26, 2019

Allison was Live on Lakeside at WKYC. See the clip >