TALK: Public Art in Cleveland Heights, 2000 to Now
Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Join Heights Arts and the Heights Bicycle Coalition as they present a talk and bicycle tour of public art that was facilitated by Heights Arts during the past 15 years. Peggy Spaeth, former director of Heights Arts, will present an illustrated talk about permanent and temporary public art in Cleveland Heights on Thursday night in our newly renovated gallery, followed by a separate bike tour on Saturday, August 22.
“Part of Heights Arts’ mission is to make the creativity of our residents visible,” said Spaeth, who helped establish the nonprofit community arts organization in 2000. “We knew we had a lot of artists in the community and felt that the city itself should tangibly reflect the creativity of its residents. Public art was just one of the initiatives, along with streetscapes, signage, and the gallery on Lee Road.” From 2000 to 2013, three permanent murals were created, along with a tile mosaic, six streetscapes consisting of artist-designed furniture and signage, and one site-specific sculpture.
The hour-long illustrated talk on August 20 will also highlight the four temporary art projects that are no longer on view. A public art street map, with information on all the works facilitated by Heights Arts from 2000 to 2015, is also being published in conjunction with the talk and tour. Both events are free and open to the public. Because seating is limited in the gallery, please RSVP for the talk by calling 216-371-3457.