Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus to share its vision with the community
Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, the newly formed group that comprises several nonprofits housed at the Coventry School building, is planning two events in September to share its vision for the site with the public. “The organizations have come together to create a plan for the future that taps into the energy of creative place-making for cultural and economic development,” said Brady Dindia, president of the Artful Cleveland Board of Directors. “We envision a community gathering space and center for arts, education and enrichment.”
The first event is an interactive exhibit in the gallery at the Lee Road Library, 2340 Lee Road, Sept. 18–24. “When we were faced with the prospect of losing our home, we turned this potential setback into an opportunity to benefit all of Cleveland Heights,” said Dindia, who added that the exhibit will showcase the organizations that operate out of the former school building (Artful Cleveland, Ensemble Theatre, Lake Erie Ink, Family Connections, FutureHeights, Reaching Heights, Urban Oak School and Village Childcare) and the ecosystem that has evolved within it.
The second event is a community meeting at which Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus will share its vision for the future of the site with the public. The event will take place on Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., in the common room at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd. Representatives from the organizations will share the proposal they will make to Cleveland Heights City Council on Sept. 11, and explain how the process may move forward. All are welcome to attend, and representatives will answer questions from the public following the presentation. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at http://bit.ly/CPCpubpres.
The CH-UH City School District announced earlier this year that it would pursue the sale of the Coventry School site, once home to Coventry Elementary School, which it closed in 2007. The city of Cleveland Heights is seeking a developer for the site and plans to execute a non-binding letter of intent with the school district to purchase the property once a developer is selected.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.