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program overview

Heights Arts Programs

Heights Arts offers a variety of public programs including in-gallery music performances, Close Encounters chamber music series, Random Acts of Art LIVE, Heights Writes literary programming, community engagement and education, plus public art installations.


Heights Arts’ Close Encounters chamber music series presents concerts performed by world-class musicians who live right here in Northeast Ohio. Artistic director Isabel Trautwein, collaborates with her Cleveland Orchestra colleagues to create and perform four original programs in private homes and unique venues in the area. Heights Arts also began a new musical initiative called Random Acts of Art LIVE in the summer of 2020.  Free community concerts and master classes for youth musicians are held regularly in our gallery. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit EVENTS.



In 2005, Heights Arts and the City of Cleveland Heights named its first Poet Laureate to create programs that infuse poetry into community life. Collaborations include the lively Haiku Death Match, Twitter poetry project, and our ongoing Ekphrastacy series that pairs poets with artists in bi-monthly exhibition talks.



With the goal of engaging and enriching local residents and organizations, Heights Arts provides arts outreach at community events, outdoor festivals, and organizes collaborative community projects such as the ongoing Pet Project and  Make Your Mark for the Arts, completed in 2014.

Our latest initiative, Random Acts of Art and Random Acts of Art, LIVE! showcase the work of artists, musicians and poets in Cuyahoga County. Using social media and our website, we are presenting both recorded work on our website and social media, and live work in the community.



Heights Arts facilitates both temporary and permanent public art projects that often spark new ways of looking at our urban landscapes. Past projects include murals (Cedar Fairmount and Cedar Lee business districts, Cleveland Heights), artist-designed fences, benches and sculpture (Coventry business district, Cleveland Heights) and most recently, a 90 square foot glass mosaic mural at neighboring Heights Youth Club. Temporary public art projects include Play Me, I’m Yours (2013), Fencepiration (2011) and Knitscapes (2009) .