As much as I love Cleveland, the city has its fair share of problems from schools that need drastic improvements and issues in local government to poorly planned projects for city development. On the flip side, though, there are organizations that are legitimately trying to encourage the community’s involvement in discovering more of the Cleveland area and providing educational and basic needs support to its residents.
This coming weekend, two events hope to foster and support larger involvement in one of this city’s strongest attributes – the local arts. Because the events’ geographic and thematic differences may target different audiences, they’re worth individual blog posts — making this a doubleheader day. This morning’s entry is focused on Euclid’s Shore Cultural Collective Concert and a post this evening will spotlight the Downtown Sparx City Hop.
If you’re in the Downtown Euclid area this coming Friday, there’s the chance to listen to local music and support two causes when the Shore Cultural Centre hosts a fundraising concert to benefit both the Cultural Centre and the Euclid Hunger Center.
The Shore Cultural Collective Concert starts at 6pm and will feature local musicians, including: Erin Boylard, Denny Carleton, Raven Dana, David Fox, Bill Hach, Sharon Hummer, Steve Mramor, Quinn Sands, and The Sinkovics. Monetary donations and canned food will be accepted at the door.
The Shore Cultural Centre works to provide quality, family-oriented classes, events, services and resources for all ages in the Euclid area. Classes include pottery, fine and performing arts, yoga, and culinary arts. They also host a weekly Farmers’ Market on Fridays from 2-7pm and are home to the Shore Cultural Centre Auditorium, which provides a performance space for the Euclid Orchestra and other local theatrical and music performances.
Funds raised from the concert will be shared with the Euclid Hunger Center. The Hunger Center provides basic food assistance to households in the area who are in need due to a lack of family financial resources. It operates from the aid of Euclid churches and businesses, schools, civic and auxiliary groups, individual contributions, grants and the generosity of various food drives and fundraising events, such as this concert.
The concert takes place Friday night from 6-8pm in the Cultural Centre’s auditorium (located in Downtown Euclid at 291 East 222nd Street). More information about the Shore Cultural Centre can be found at www.shorecultural.bravehost.com, on the Shore Cultural Centre Facebook page, @ShoreCultural, and their blog.
Not only will the Shore Cultural Collective feature an evening of local performers, it will also help support one of Cleveland’s community centers in their mission to improve our neighborhoods through low-cost access to the arts.
If you can’t make it to the Shore Cultural Centre fundraiser on Friday night, another opportunity to experience Cleveland arts is on Saturday with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s Sparx City Hop. For now, though, I’m off to work.
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