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Brittainy Q
257 East 156th Street
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the project


​The Collinwood Friends Garden, established 2011, is a green space in the city of Cleveland where community members are able to garden for free. There is a lot of maintence and educaton involved, so in 2017, they were able to pay students to learn, help out and even create public art while doing it. We hope to use our successes from last year as a jumping off point to an even bigger and better summer program for 2018.


​Brittainy Quinn, Interdisciplinary Arts Program Coordinator at Cleveland School of the Arts and garden co-founder, will lead the program. Eight students from Cleveland School of the Arts will be paid to be apart of the program, and will mentor eight neighborhood youth. Ohio State University Extension will supply vegetables, seeds, and science education. Brittainy will provide art education. 


The Collinwood Friends Garden is located at 257 East 156th street. Part of our funding will go towards securing and renovating a vacant store front across the street from the garden to provide a safe, sheltered classroom space. 


Students will start seeds afterschool with Brittainy in March and the summer program will begin Wednesday June 10th. We will meet every Wednesday from 10am-2pm until school resumes. They will continue to meet afterschool until the growing season ends. 


The best way for kids to understand healthy eating is by growing food themselves. It also provides an opportunity to learn science, work as a team, and form bonds within the community. The garden lets kids be creative and know what it means to make a difference. Fixing up the storefront will give them a sense of ownership and vision that they can turn something empty and forgotten into something usable and positive. Besides earning money, high school students will also be eligible for Flex Credit for their transcripts. Lastly, students will create  series of paintings to be donated to Cleveland Metropolitan School District cafeterias, promoting healthy eating. 


the steps

March: sign lease for storefront, begin fixing up. Start seeds afterschool and maintain in the classroom until school lets out.

June-August: Onsite learning at the garden & storefront. 

Mid August- Mid October: Biweekly after school meetings on site to harvest, donate produce and put the garden to bed. 

November-March- use storefront as an office to plan / grant write for 2019 summer and storage for garden supplies. We could also rent the space to others for community workshops during this down time.

why we're doing it

We're doing this because it is the right thing to do.

Kids will have a fun place to go and learn, build community and earn money. Our little section of East 156th will continue to shine and breathe new life into the vacant storefront (one of many that trickle down 156).

With your support, we will  have the opportunity to teach kids that dinner can come from the earth for free instead of the corner store.

They will know how to revitalize blight.

They will know how to work together.

They will know how to express themselves through art.

They will know how to make positive decisions. 



Storefront Rent: $3600.00 for one year

Storefront Fix Up: $500.00

Utilities: $400.00

Student Pay: $2200.00

Student lunches: $300.00

Lawn mower & tools: $500.00

Art supplies & plants will be donated. 

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