Neighborhoods: Hingetown

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee Co-Chair

Courtesy of Urban Orchid.

Hingetown is located on the “hinge” between Ohio City’s Market District, Gordon Square, and the Warehouse District. On their website, they lay claim to a “kick ass art museum, unbelievably delicious coffee, the best florist, dynamic residential opportunities, & much much more.” Businesses includes the Urban Orchid, Dean Rufus House of Fun, Harness Cycle, and Ohio City Dog Haven, as well as Rising Star Coffee Roasters, the Beet Jar, Cleveland Tea Revival, and the Jukebox bar.

The historic Transformer Station has been renovated into a contemporary art gallery. The Transformer Station’s collections and summer concerts draw thousands to the area.

Definitely stop by Hingetown next week!

Courtesy of the Beet Jar.
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Special Screening of Newly Restored Films

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque, located in University Circle at 11610 Euclid Avenue, welcomes the Society of American Archivists with a special program of newly restored films!

Tuesday, August 18, at 6:45 pm
Richard Myers in Person!
RESTORED FILMS OF RICHARD MYERS
USA, 1960-70, Richard Myers

Richard Myers (b. 1937) is the dean of northeast Ohio filmmakers and one of the most prominent experimental filmmakers in the U.S. Winner of two Guggenheim Fellowships and an American Film Institute grant, Myers has shown his dream-based 16mm movies at MoMA, the Whitney, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the National Film Theater in London, and the Venice Film Festival, among others. They are now in the process of being restored and preserved by the Archive of the Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. Tonight Myers will present and discuss three of the Academy Archive’s recent restorations (all in 16mm): The Path (1960, 20 min.), the first film in Myers’ 40+ year career; Akbar (1970, 16 min.), a portrait of Ahmed Akbar, a black filmmaker and former student of Myers at Kent State University; and an excerpt from Myers’ dizzying 118-min. opus Akran (1969). Total approx. 90 min. Special $7 admission for badge-wearing attendees of the SAA Annual Meeting.

Tuesday, August 18, at 8:30 pm
New 35mm Restoration!
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA
USA, 1985, Shirley Clarke

Saxophonist and free jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who died in June, was the subject of the final feature film by pioneering American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (Portrait of Jason, The Connection). Clarke follows Coleman as he returns to his hometown on Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983, then tries to approximate his music with a free-flowing blend of interviews, performance footage, experimental music videos, and historical reenactments. With William S. Burroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Robert Palmer, et al. Cleveland revival premiere. 85 min. Special $8 admission for badge-wearing attendees of the SAA Annual Meeting.

Neighborhoods: Gordon Square Arts District

Located at the intersection of W. 65th Street and Detroit Avenue, Gordon Square is the historic commercial district of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. In 2007, the Cleveland Public Theatre, Near West Theatre, and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization/Capitol Theatre came together to create the Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) to leverage the vibrant arts and culture of the area to foster economic growth and collaboration. A recent $30 million capital campaign resulted in remaking Detroit Avenue from West 54th to West 78th Streets into a thriving arts district complete with galleries, boutiques, restaurants, wine bars, coffee shops, arts lofts, and affordable housing, which more than 80 new businesses (many arts-based) and numerous locals now call home.

If you’re going to be in the GSAD, you have to try the Happy Dog with the most creative hot dogs you’ve ever had and lots of local music; Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, a hipster hangout with delicious Mediterranean fare; Spice Kitchen + Bar with its garden patio and local ingredients; Toast, a cozy wine bar, sourcing food from their own farm; Latitude 41 to satisfy your comfort food cravings; Sweet Moses, an old fashioned soda fountain; Minh Anh for Vietnamese and other Asian fare; the Stone Mad Pub to get your bocce ball on; Rincon Criollo with its authentic Puerto Rican cuisine; and Gypsy Beans and Baking Company for great coffee and pastries.

Gordon Square (photo courtesy Roger Cross via Flickr creative commons license)
Gordon Square (photo courtesy Roger Cross via Flickr creative commons license)

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AV Archives Night: Loft Party Edition

By Josh Ranger

AVPreserve is pleased to present the 2nd First Annual AV Archives Night: Loft Party Edition during SAA 2015. AV Archives Night is a screening and celebratory get together to promote the work that archivists do to preserve our audiovisual heritage. Archives from states nearby the conference location submitted video and audio clips to showcase their collections and the history and culture of their region. Organizations this year include Oberlin College, Wayne State University, the Louisville Underground Music Archives, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and more.

Courtesy of Josh Ranger.
Courtesy of Josh Ranger.

The celebration will take place Wednesday, August 19th at 189 / 211 High Avenue, between E 2nd Street and E 4th Street, just blocks away from the conference center and hotels. Doors open at 8:00pm, and the screening will start around 9:00 and go until late. This event is free, and you do not need to be registered for the conference to attend. Free refreshments will be provided. Though we are not an official SAA program, AV Archives Night will adhere to the SAA Code of Conduct; therefore, the organizers will address any issues that may occur and support moving such issues through official SAA channels. Please contact Joshua Ranger with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Cleveland and the WPA

By Ron Davidson, Host Committee member

View of a portion of a WPA-sponsored mosaic by W. LeRoy Flint and Henry Olmer that was placed at the Valleyview Homes public housing project, in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, in 1940. In 2004, the work was preserved and restored when the Valleyview Homes were demolished, and placed in the new Tremont Pointe Apartments on the same site (photo courtesy of Ron Davidson)
View of a portion of a WPA-sponsored mosaic by W. LeRoy Flint and Henry Olmer that was placed at the Valleyview Homes public housing project, in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, in 1940. In 2004, the work was preserved and restored when the Valleyview Homes were demolished, and placed in the new Tremont Pointe Apartments on the same site (photo courtesy of Ron Davidson)

It might be obvious to note that Cleveland has a rich history, but for students of the Great Depression era, its resources are especially inspiring. Both art and history were greatly enhanced during that time.

Did you know that Cleveland was a birthplace (of sorts) of the Historical Records Survey of the WPA? Although this Depression-era work-relief program (which gave jobs to unemployed archivists and historians) was a Federal project, much of its inspiration and philosophical support derived from the ideas of a local professor, Robert Binkley of Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University). The Annals of Cleveland – an annotated index of early Cleveland newspapers that was a joint project of the Historical Records Survey, the Cleveland Public Library, and the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s office – continues to be an invaluable resource for the history of Cleveland and its people. Hard copies of the Annals are available at the Cleveland Public Library and many local academic libraries. Digital copies are also available, with direct links from many genealogy and history sites, including Ancestry.com, Access Genealogy (which links to the Digital Case repository at CWRU), and the HathiTrust

Clevelanders also are proud of their public art, particularly the products of the Depression era, and have taken efforts to preserve and display works throughout the community. You can find many examples of WPA art in the community: the art collection at the Cleveland Public Library contains many Depression-era works; murals and sculptures at the site of the former Valleyview Homes in the Tremont neighborhood were preserved and restored, and can be seen around the new Tremont Pointe homes on the site, and at Cleveland State University; the Oxford Elementary School in Cleveland Heights has proudly preserved its WPA art.

The spirit of community art in Cleveland continues today.

 

Additional Resources

Work Projects Administration. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.

Concrete cast sculptures of animals were placed around the Valleyview Homes neighborhood as part of the WPA Arts project in 1940. These statues were preserved in 2004, and now greet visitors at the Tremont Pointe Apartments administration building (photo courtesy of Ron Davidson)
Concrete cast sculptures of animals were placed around the Valleyview Homes neighborhood as part of the WPA Arts project in 1940. These statues were preserved in 2004, and now greet visitors at the Tremont Pointe Apartments administration building (photo courtesy of Ron Davidson)

Getting Your Craft on in the CLE

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee cochair

Inside of the Fine Points Shop (photo courtesy of Fine Points)
Inside of the Fine Points Shop (photo courtesy of Fine Points, Inc.)

For once, by “craft,” we’re not talking about beer but the delightful hobbies and obsessions that keep us busy while we’re not at work! If you’re one of the folks who likes to knit during meeting sessions, cross stitch to come down from the day’s information high, or let the clay run through your hands as you mold the ideas from your last session into reality, be sure to check out these local establishments that can help feed the beast while you’re in Cleveland this August:

General Craft Supplies
Pat Catan’s Craft Center
21160 Drake Rd, Strongsville
http://www.patcatans.com/

Knitting
Birds of a Feather Fabrics and Yarn
25963 Detroit Rd, Westlake
http://ebirdsofafeather.net/

The Artful Yarn
100 North Main St, Chagrin Falls
http://www.theartfulyarn.com/

Fine Points
12620 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland (Larchmere)
https://www.finepoints.com/

River Colors Studio
1387 Sloane Avenue, Lakewood
https://www.rivercolors.com/

Book/Paper Arts
Small Studio
26113 Detroit Road, Westlake
http://smallstudioproductions.com/

Recycled Metal/Hand Blown Glass
Glass Bubble Project
2421 Bridge Ave, Cleveland (Ohio City)
http://www.glassbubbleproject.com/

Ceramics/Paint Your Own Pottery
Artist for a Day
28649 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted
http://www.artistforaday.com/

Gina DeSantis Ceramics
13000 Athens Ave, Lakewood
http://www.ginadesantisceramics.com/

Attention Knitters: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archivist Anastasia Karel will be hosting a “knitworking” session at the Au Bon Pain near the Convention Center on Thursday (8/20) from 12:30-1:30 PM. Hope to see you there!

You can also check out Arts & Crafts – Best of 2015 for more locations on where to get your craft on.

Extreme Zen

The thing about our town is…there is no thing. No one thing, anyway. It’s always something unexpected. Are you that enlightened being who can see all sides of this place? A bohemian bodhisattva?

Experience the yin and the yang of our town. Now that the festival season is under way, follow CoolCleveland to stay in the loop week by week. Our Cool Neighborhoods guide works in dozens of cool places, including Asiatown and University Circle. Breathe deeply and take a dive in.

Contemplate photography at the Cleveland Print Room; practice yoga at the Music Box Supper Club with kombucha; commune with nature at Stand Up Paddleboarding; eat from the fruits of life at Mustard Seed Market; or get the perfect buzz with cocktails in the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Read more: http://coolcleveland.com/blog/2014/11/active-extreme-and-zen/.