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#VoicesofCLE art installation project giving unheard voices a platform for expression

Local artist Glen Infante paints a mural at Public Square.
Posted at 2:53 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 14:53:20-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland is joining other cities across the country making a statement with public art to create a conversation about what’s happening across the country. The initiative called #VoicesofCLE, is a public art project aimed to uplift the voices in the community, particularly people of color.

#VoicesofCLE is a collaboration between local businesses and artists as a way to provide a platform for expression in a creative, meaningful way.

“Clevelanders were so inspired by the public art projects unveiled across the country, and now, they will see their vision come to life through #VoicesofCLE,” said Joe Marinucci, Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s President and CEO. “We worked with many artists, Downtown Cleveland businesses and property owners, community activists and organizations, as well as the public art community, to be sensitive and representative and give the unheard voices the platform that they deserve.”

As businesses reopen, the temporary panel installations will be archived before finding permanent or semi-permanent homes at venues in and around the city.

Businesses downtown that are still interested in offering space for artistic expression are encouraged to join. Artists who would like to share their work and bring thought-provoking visuals to Downtown are also invited to participate by submitting ideas for consideration at VoicesofCLE.com.

The project was organized with the City of Cleveland, Karamu House, Ingenuity Cleveland, Destination Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library and LAND Studio.

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