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Rachel O
2200 Payne Avenue
(The Campus District)
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the project

Payne Avenue in the Campus District, is a highly-trafficked area.  Cleveland State University students traverse it to get to their apartments and athletic fields, hundreds of Norma Herr shelter residents travel the street everyday, and with the new Campus International School building in the neighborhood hundreds of students walk the street as well. Despite this, the current urban landscape leaves a lot to be desired. There are no places for people to comfortably sit, there is little that is friendly or engaging on the street.  But all these challenges are opportunities for members of our community to create place, meet new people, and bring some vibrancy to the area.

So we have begun organizing Campus International School students and parents, Norma Herr homeless shelter residents, and local artists from the Superior Arts District to come together to plan, design, and implement ways to use public art and urban design to cultivate vibrancy, build ownership, and create a sense of place along Payne Avenue. 

The major components of this project will be:

1)Turning public waste bins into works of art by adding mosaic tiling


2)Adding engaging and practical design elements outside of the Norma Herr women’s shelter to better meet the needs of shelter residents and establish a public space for our community


We have received grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) and Dominion Energy to complete this project.  We are fundraising to meet the rest of our project needs.

Of the project, a member of the CAC grants review panel said, 

"A very thorough, well outlined project. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and engagement with the diverse set of stakeholders. Such conversations and commitment to these initiatives gives me the confidence that the public's needs have been heard and the organization has the vision and capacity to

execute it. The inclusion of the lead institutions in the neighborhood and student body showed me a deep understanding for how you intend to effectively influence change in the neighborhood."



the steps

February 2018: CDI and CIS students work together with Norma Herr residents to talk about design principles and improvements that can be made on Payne Ave.  Students will film a fundraising video about what they learn.  

March-May 2018: Fundraise for and plan the upcoming creative placemaking workshops

May-June 2018: CSU and CUDC students conduct 4 urban design and creative placemaking workshops with community members including shelter residents, CSI students and parents, and local artists. The ideas generated over the three months will result in design interventions for the area outside of Norma Herr that will be implemented over the summer.

June-July 2018: Local mosaic artists will lead two workshops where community members will tile waste bins that will sit on Payne Avenue

August-October 2018: Design interventions will be implemented in front of Norma Herr by a team of shelter residents, local artists, CIS students and parents, and CSU and CUDC students.

why we're doing it

This process will build meaningful connections between members of our community and the result will add a sense of identity, an element of comfort, and fun to the neighborhood.


Updated Budget

Subtotal = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
Total to raise = $10,335


Original Budget

Food $500

Design Supplies $500

Facilitator $500

Flyers $500

Materials $3,000

Subtotal = 5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $150
Total to raise = $5,185



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