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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture celebrates black-led arts organizations

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture supports the people and organizations in the arts, no matter what their races, ethnicity, or backgrounds. Now they celebrate four black-led arts organizations that are teaching our children well. 

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grants $1.1 million to 26 nonprofits in latest funding

The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition announced Friday that just one more round of grants will be issued in this initial phase, while allocating more than $1 million to 26 organizations last week.

Feature Story Elijah Kidjana, President of the Congolese Community of Greater Cleveland, distributes food to neighbors on June 11th.

Kindred care: Congolese refugee community takes care of its own, and others, during COVID-19

From cooking pots and cleaning supplies to groceries, the large Congolese refugee community living in Cleveland ensures everyone in their neighborhoods are cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature Story The Top of the Hill development will rise on the junction of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, just up the hill from University Circle.

Building hope: Suburban construction projects press on despite virus

While some construction projects have been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, large projects in Cleveland Heights and Maple Heights are forging ahead at full steam—creating jobs and positive economic development in Cleveland's inner rings suburbs.

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As you like it: History Days events are self-guided, streaming, and live for a taste of CLE's past

In these troubled times, Cleveland History Days gives us a chance to look back on our history and perhaps find some inspiration to put toward the future.

Feature Story CroniCLE

Here comes the rain again: Insights from a pluviophile

The sound and smell, and even the feel, of rain can have a soothing effect on some people. And sometimes a rainy day can even have a cleansing effect.

Breaking Ground Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual STATION HOPE, a one night event of entertainment and art inspired by the history of St. John's Church and the Underground Railroad.

Time for change: Station Hope streams timely festival and dialogue about struggles for equity

Station Hope, Cleveland Public Theatre's annual celebration of Cleveland's social justice history, is particularly timely this year amid a time of violence and awakening.

Street Level Thrive Early Learning Center in Warrensville Heights is devoted to comprehensive care of children with specialized learning needs.

Childhood education specialist opens school to help preschoolers on the autism spectrum thrive

Jacklynn Bosley has created a preschool where kids on the autism spectrum can get the early intervention they need for a successful start to their education paths.

Breaking Ground Rendering of Studio West

Welcome to the Gayborhood: A 100,000-sq-ft LGBT hub is taking shape on the edge of Lakewood

Developers Daniel Budish and Betsy Figgie plan to open an enormous LGBTQ ecosystem that will house everything from apartments and an athletic complex to a multi-faceted entertainment and retail hub.

Breaking Ground Enjoying outdoor dining with some shortribs and Lo mein noodles at Fahrenheit.

Culinary Crisis: Chef Rocco Whalen reflects on dark times, is hopeful for a brighter future

Fahrenheit chef/owner Rocco Whalen feels the pain Cleveland has felt during the coronavirus, the murder of George Floyd, and the riots. But now, he looks to the future and hopes for better days in Cleveland and in the local restaurant industry.

Breaking Ground who's hiring

Who's Hiring in #CLE: Restoration Society, Cleveland Orchestra, Mabel’s BBQ, and more

Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply.

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There's a party going on to celebrate Juneteenth

NAACP Cleveland,  Buckeye Summer Soul, and Neighbor Up have a walk and a party in the park planned for Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth.

Feature Story The search was long, but Ian Meadows is happy with the end result: an apartment in downtown Cleveland.

On the hunt: A Gen Zer goes in search of his first apartment in downtown Cleveland

Want to live downtown? Ian Meadows does. The city planner recently toured 13 Cleveland apartment buildings over six months before landing his dream apartment. He describes his search for FreshWater as only a lover of urban architecture could.

Feature Story Beachland Tavern

How live entertainment venues are attempting to beat COVID-19 with some creative approaches

Many of Cleveland's live entertainment venues are struggling with the challenges of safely reopening during the coronavirus. But some popular hotspots are getting creative.

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Slow down, take a breath and enjoy the luck of the virus

Kathleen Osborne has a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. During coronavirus restrictions, those lucky charms remind her how lucky she and her family really are.

Street Level Karamu performers rehearsing for the Juneteenth event performance.

Karamu House tells of the fight for equality through 'Freedom on Juneteenth' production

Karamu House will use dance, theater, and music to narrate the African American fight for equality and to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend.

Breaking Ground Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band

Positive Vibrations: Carlos Jones, Chimi, Grog Shop team up for outdoor picnic jam

The Grog Shop, Doug Katz, and Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band are getting together for a socially distant, outdoor summer show at the Diner on Lee parking lot.

Breaking Ground Chimi is named for chimichurri, the herb relish popular in Argentina and Uruguay.

A new world: Doug Katz launches ghost kitchen concept to test takeout- and delivery-only market

Chef Doug Katz has launched Chim,a ghost kitchen that serves South American fare for takeout and delivery.

Breaking Ground Student-organized Lakewood Kneel In at Lakewood Park.

Lakewood High School students and grads raise their voices against racism

Lakewood High School students came together last week to raise awareness of the issues surrounding race and racism in their community.

Street Level Nathanael Honvou - American Ninja Warrior Junior - Season 2.

South Euclid’s own Nathanael Honvou takes home American Ninja Warrior Junior title

Nathanael Honvou may be just 10 years old, but his competitive spirit is fierce. So fierce, that it earned him the title of American Ninja Warrior Junior last week.

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grants $6.6 million to date, extends grantmaking through July

Another round of grants by the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awarded $928,000 to 18 organizations this week. 

Development News Brittany York lead the Civics Essential trivia series.

Ohio Civics Essential launches Virtual Games; use your Jeopardy and civics knowledge to win prizes

At a time when knowledge of how government works may be most important, Issue Media Group launches an online game event to engage and educate the public-at-large.

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Sustainable Cleveland Projects: Cuyahoga County residents take part in many environmental projects. We've plotted the locations of 25 of them into a map that you can click on, with the help of Sustainable Cleveland.

FreshFaces podcast: Our brand-new podcast spotlights Cleveland's changemakers and trailblazers. Check out our first two episodes featuring Steph Buda of Kids of 216 and Tom Gill of Urban Community School, and don't miss future installments heading your way soon.