Artful plans August and fall fundraisers

Artful members (from left): Brady Dindia, Kevin Khayat, Rachel Williams, Eric Mundson, Sarah Curry, David King, Shannon Morris. Not pictured: Hillary Lyon and Louise Khayat. [photo courtesy Stephen Cutri (]

In last month’s edition of the Heights Observer, James Henke introduced local artist Shannon Morris and Artful, a new, start-up Heights nonprofit.

Artful is a community effort, intent on creating an Artful space in the Heights. The founding committee consists of artists, educators, and local business owners, all with strong ties to the area. Artful (which, as ARTFUL LLC, is a registered nonprofit in the state of Ohio) has been approved by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to receive free legal assistance as committee members move ahead with the project. Another beneficial development has come in the form of an anonymous challenge grant of $25,000. While this requires that the committee raise $25,000, members are hopeful that, with community support, they will raise enough funds to receive the matching grant.

Artful’s first fundraiser, called playFUL, will be a kickball tournament to be held on Aug. 9, 3:15–7 p.m., at Denison Park. According to Sarah Curry, Artful’s artists and education advocate, the intention is to “encourage the community to come together to be playful,” while helping Artful secure the funds it needs to develop the project and make it a reality. Registrants will receive free tickets for planned raffles, and have a chance to win door prizes. There will be crafts for kids, food and beverages, and all ages are welcome. The deadline for online registration is Aug. 5.

Artful is also working on a potential art show to run in conjunction with the Heights Music Hop, and a formal fundraiser in October. The October event will draw its inspiration from the Kokoon Arts balls of the early 20th century, which were some of the biggest events in Cleveland during those years.

“Everyone on the Artful team is volunteering their time and expertise. Other skilled community members have volunteered their time in the areas of law, grant research and writing, construction, community development and real estate,” said Eric Mundson, Artful’s online brand manager. “With more than 600 followers on Facebook, 450-plus on Twitter, and more than 100 on Instagram, Artful looks forward to working with members of the community and making the Heights even more Artful.

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Brady Dindia

Brady Dindia is a 10-year resident of University Heights and owner of a graphic design business, A BCD Creative. She is co-founder and development director for Artful.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 07.28.2015