Imagination for our Imagined Nation

Daniel Gray-Kontar pitched his idea at Accelerate 2017 to send five young Cleveland artists to the Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in San Francisco in Summer 2017 through his Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator. In addition to the $2,000 Daniel won at Accelerate, Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator received a $20,000 capacity-building grant from The Cleveland…

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Ignite: A Celebration of the Burning River

Jim Ridge pitched his idea for an arts and music festival along the Cuyahoga River so people can experience, appreciate and enjoy how far it has come since the 1969 fire. Jim’s pitch for Ignite, an arts and music festival to celebrate Cleveland’s waterfront recovery, manifested in a “stripped down version” as the Burning River…

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Getting our Babies to College 101

Jowan Smith wants to help parents, particularly those of low-income students, through the stress of getting their children to college by beginning to explore timelines, budgeting and other information in the eighth grade. Her pitch at Accelerate 2017 earned her $2,000 to help launch her project. Since the event, Jowan has launced a website that…

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Career Closet: More than a Wardrobe

Shayla Ivezzy was a finalist for her pitch at Accelerate 2017. Her vision for a wardrobe on wheels and mobile career center to provide students in under-served areas with professional attire and services to prepare them for successful futures and prompt economic empowerment earned her $2,000 to help launch her project. Since Accelerate, Shayla has been…

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 Build on Solid Rock

On February 22, 2017, Stephanie Buda pitched her idea for renewing inner-city families by restoring homes for working families in neighborhoods where commercial and public buildings are being upgraded but homes are not. Since Accelerate, Stephanie moved forward with her dream – a summer school and youth employment program. The Kids of 216, launched in…

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