North Shore Collinwood isn’t just a place where people live and work. It’s a place where everyday people really strive to make a difference in the community that they love. Dreaming big is in our DNA, and so is getting things done. Together, these traits are making our neighborhood into a place that’s already very distinct and very rich in quality of life … But that’s always striving to get even better.
If you’re that kind of person – someone who wants their imagination, skills and determination to be both valued and valuable to a neighborhood – North Shore Collinwood is definitely for you.
There are literally hundreds of ways for you to get involved.’
We’re got active block clubs and merchants’ associations coming together to focus on particular streets and sections of our neighborhood.
We’re home to community groups focused on improving youth outcomes in North Shore Collinwood … and Northeast Shores is actively engaging youth in getting involved in community service themselves.
We’ve the site of vibrant community gardens and beach clean-up groups and dozens of people thinking about how we can creatively improve diet and exercise and other public health practices.
And we’re one of the absolute top neighborhoods in the country when it comes to artist engagement. Over the past several years, artists here have launched literally hundreds of community arts projects – tackling everything from public safety to reclaiming vacant lots to providing workforce development opportunities for adults living with disability. That creative community impulse is about to get even stronger, as we gear up for the country’s very first arts-focused participatory budgeting project – an opportunity for every single man and woman in North Shore Collinwood to have a vote in where and how we steer our cultural investments.
See? We weren’t lying. This community rolls up its sleeves and gets things done! But we can do even more if you join us. Every army needs dedicated and skilled soldiers, and the army of grassroots leaders in North Shore Collinwood is no exception. So … What do you want to bring to that fight? Give us a call or drop us an e-mail to let us know where your passion lies. We’ll get you connected to others working in our community, and we’ll let you know what we can do to support your efforts. Let’s get that journey started today!
Collinwood believes in … ENGAGING EVERYONE’S VOICE IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS
North Shore Collinwood is a community exploding with cultural spirit. We’re a neighborhood that’s got a lot to say, and our painters, musicians, writers and other artists are actively helping us express those thoughts … and tackling lots of different community issues in the process.
We don’t have a single artistic viewpoint here. We’re a place teeming with the creativity of school teachers, bartenders, church organists … Literally hundreds and hundreds of residents and workers have contributed to our community culture.
Thanks to support from ArtPlace America and partnerships with Arts & Democracy and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, that artistic process is about to get even more open.
Through our new Ballot Box Project, we’re about to embark on a first-of-its-kind experiment in how community arts projects get started. We’ll be inviting everyday people to propose ideas for how arts projects can address community priorities … and inviting our entire community to vote on where they’d like to see arts investments made. And we’ll be doing all of that opposite an effort to get people registered and to the polls in the 2016 elections.
It’s going to be a thrilling experience – one where every single perspective will make a difference. Want to have your voice heard in that process? Read on to get up-to-date details on the process and what you can expect.
Collinwood believes in … HELPING PARENTS FIND THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN
We talk to a lot of parents in North Shore Collinwood, and consistently, one of the things that gives them the biggest anxiety is choosing the right school for their children. A couple decades ago, a lot of people avoided moving back to urban communities specifically because of concerns about school quality. Today, there are a slew of high-performing schools in urban settings.
Let’s be honest. We have a long way to go. Some of the poorest performing schools in the State of Ohio are within the City of Cleveland. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that some of the best-performing schools in the state are here, too. Access to quality schools is no longer a challenge for urban families. What remains a challenge, however, is the time that goes into researching all of these options.
That’s why we’ve stepped up to build the first neighborhood-specific guide to navigating Cleveland school options. We’ve helped centralize the information parents need about school performance into a short, easy-to-use booklet.
And we’re not just talking about school performance data. From our perspective, nothing is more important in school selection than to hear from people who’ve gone through that process themselves. That’s why we’ve gathered perspective from North Shore Collinwood parents themselves. You’ll get to hear directly from people just like you about their experiences with each individual school in the guidebook, enriching your understanding about how all that school performance data plays out in real life.
It’s a big step in helping to demystify the process of choosing schools, and it’s available free for your use here.