Levin College Forum

The Arts as a Catalyst for Neighborhood Revitalization in Cleveland

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
4:00 - 6:00pm
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium 
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115


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About this Forum

Placemaking for the Arts in many urban neighborhoods has supplemented traditional major arts and cultural centers in cities. In Cleveland beyond University Circle/Uptown and Playhouse Square, several declining former industrial neighborhoods led by community development corporations have used the arts as a catalyst for neighborhood redevelopment. As Cleveland neighborhoods turn to the arts as a place-making, economic development and community building strategy, this forum will feature four neighborhoods that have taken different approaches and are in different stages of this process.  Learn from three experienced community development directors about what works and what doesn’t and how they measure success.


  • Kathryn W. Hexter, Director, Center for Community Planning and Development, Levin College


  • Jenny Spencer, Managing Director, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
  • Michael Fleming, Executive Director, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation
  • Brian Friedman, Executive Director, Northeast Shores Development Corporation


W. Dennis Keating, Professor Emeritus, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. 
Professor Keating will talk about this topic from the perspective of his newly released book A Brief History of Tremont, Cleveland’s Neighborhood on a Hill, already becoming a classic.


This forum event is sponsored by the CSU Walter Waetjen Annual Lecture Fund.