Sunday, January 29, 2012

Artists in Residence is Now Launched

Over the past several months, a new program has been taking form in North Shore Collinwood. Northeast Shores and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) have been working to develop Artists in Residence, a two-year program that aims to make our neighborhood an even better place for artists to live and work.

Last week, the organizations launched the Artists in Residence grants program. Over the next two years, the program will provide $100,000 in funding to artists who live or work in the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood to support their community arts projects. The partners involved in the project will distribute this grant money in three rounds, with $30,000 available in the first round. The program asks artists to submit their ideas for arts projects that would address one of five priorities identified by neighborhood residents, workers and visitors – telling the story of neighborhood residents; raising the visibility of neighborhood assets; addressing public safety; combating vacancy; or providing opportunities for neighborhood youth. If you are a resident of North Shore Collinwood or work at least 15 hours a week in the neighborhood, you are eligible to compete for a grant of up to $7,500.

Applications for the first round of funding are due March 16th. You can learn more about the grant program at and access the application form at Northeast Shores and CPAC will also be holding grant workshops with additional information about the application. The first workshop takes place at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home, 15335 Waterloo Road, Saturday, January 28, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. A second workshop will also take place Thursday, February 9, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Workshops are free and open to the public, but you must register at or

Grant funding is just one part of the larger Artists in Residence initiative. Northeast Shores and CPAC are also in the process of launching several other program features, including a new low-interest loan program designed specifically for North Shore Collinwood artists. These loans will support artists who want to create arts-specific space in the neighborhood that’s not always easy to get a residential mortgage to cover. Examples might include conversion of a garage into a recording studio or purchasing equipment to do home-based printmaking. Details about this new offering will be available in early February.

Artists in Residence has been made possible through the investment of several national foundations, including Leveraging Investments in Creativity, the Kresge Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and through additional generous support from a Charter One Growing Communities Grant and funding from the George Gund Foundation.

If you have any questions or would like any more information about the Artists in Residence program, please contact Seth Beattie at 216.481.7660 or

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Weatherization isn’t just for the income-eligible

Attention Collinwood Residents, the Cleveland Energy Saves Program now gives those households that do not qualify for the Housewarming or Weatherization programs the chance to improve their homes energy efficiency. Residents should take advantage of this one-year energy efficiency program. Now you can make those updates to your home to keep you warmer. The new program offers costs incentives that were never available before.

This program is made possible through the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Housing Network (CHN), and Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH). Now, any resident may take part in the benefits of increasing your homes efficiency and cutting down your utility bills.

The new Cleveland Energy Saves Program now gives residents the opportunity to:
• Low Cost energy audits ($50 a savings of over $300) to assess what needs to be done to improve their home’s efficiency and help save money on their utility bills.
• A detailed report with recommendations on upgrades the owner can make to achieve the highest level of energy savings. If the homeowner goes forward with retrofits/upgrade, the audit fee of $50 is refundable
• The improvements report, could include attic and side wall insulation, furnace replacement, programmable thermostat and new windows/doors
• Each homeowner interested in the improvements can assess what improvements will be right for them depending on the cost, incentives/rebates, and payback period. Available rebates reduce the cost of the retrofits by nearly 40 percent.
• CHN can provide technical assistance what will benefit the homeowners to receive the highest savings
• CASH will offer the opportunity to help finance the energy efficiency improvements through 2.3% interest loans for qualified homeowners

If you are interested in applying or for more information on the program, you can contact Charlie Kamen, Housing Program Manager at Northeast Shores, at 216-481-7660 ext. 31. He can further explain and refer you to the Energy Savers program representatives at CHN to get you enrolled in the program. So take advantage of this great program that any homeowner is eligible for.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Northeast Shores moves into the 21st Century

It’s hard to believe that the internet was not commonplace when Northeast Shores was founded in 1994. There weren’t cell phones or Wi-Fi, and social media didn’t exist. We’ve come a long way in that last 18 years, and thanks to Waterloo-based design company, No Problem Printing, Northeast Shores has begun updating their online outlets to better suit your community needs. You can check out our progress by logging on to Facebook ( and “liking” Northeast Shores, or by following us on Twitter ( Be sure to also check out our official website at and read up on what’s been happening in the neighborhood.

If Facebook and Twitter don’t mean anything to you, don’t worry: we’re still available, as always, by phone at (216) 481 7660, or come by and visit us in person at 317 East 156th Street.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Be Our Summer Intern!

Northeast Shores is participating in the Cleveland Foundation's Summer Internship Program. One lucky person will intern at our offices from June 4th to August 17th, 2012 and get paid for it! That lucky person could be you!

Program details and application materials are hosted on the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program webpage located at:

Apply NOW since the application deadline is February 6th!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Artists in Resident Grants

Artist grants to create projects to improve the Waterloo neighborhood are now available through the Artists in Residence Grant program. This grant program will award $100,000 in grants over the next two years.

We are very excited to see what our awesome artists and residents come up with to make this community even better! Please see the attached link for guidelines and applications for the first round.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apply now for Cleveland Arsenal

The Artists in Residence program will be going live with additional pieces each week during the month of January. The first part (of several) is the Cleveland Arsenal!

We are very excited about this opportunity to support Clevelanders that are already bullish about the city and our neighborhood!

Please follow the link for more details.