About Us

Heights Arts is a nonprofit community arts organization in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The community’s proximity to University Circle, home to cultural destinations in Cleveland which include the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall, has created a place rich with visual and literary artists, musical performers, art educators, administrators and others who make their livelihood in the visual, performing or literary arts.

We contribute to the region’s artistic vitality by showing and selling artworks by regional artists at Heights Arts Gallery and Store, presenting chamber music and community concerts in intimate settings and public spaces, and are home to the Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate and our popular literary Ekphrastacy program.

As a multi-disciplinary arts organization, we tap into the potential of our creative residents to enrich
community life.

Mission & Vision

To celebrate our region’s literary, musical, and visual artists and share their contributions with the community.

Heights Arts cultivates a strong, collaborative arts community by inspiring people of all ages to engage in the arts; providing exhibition and performance opportunities; and fostering public appreciation for the arts.

Our Values:
• Excellence in programs and services to the community
• Be welcoming to people of all walks of life
• Collaborate with others to serve the community in depth
• Commit to financial and environmental sustainability
• Affirm the intrinsic value of the arts to human society

Our History

In 2000, the City of Cleveland Heights embarked upon a city-wide visioning process. At the same time, a group of residents began meeting to talk about the untapped potential of the arts to impact the community. These residents became deeply involved in the visioning meetings, resulting in a civic vision infused with the arts and a new nonprofit, Heights Arts, dedicated to implementing this vision.

Heights Arts was founded on the premise that capitalizing on our community’s rich artistic resources could positively impact all aspects of community life: community-building, economic development, education, and public spaces. Residents and city officials quickly embraced Heights Arts as we began to tap into the creative spirit of our community. Although originally founded to support local artists, we have become a regional presence for the arts with one-third of our supporting members residing outside of our city.