The latest: Cleveland CDCs work together to bridge divide in community, LatinUs Theater grows in Clark-Fulton
For Cleveland Scene, I recently wrote about how Cleveland CDCs, forced to collaborate and merge in a time of diminished, are working together to bring equitable development to neighborhoods left behind.
"We're not going to succeed as a city if we have three places that are vibrant and the rest of our communities are still being left behind," Jeff Verespej of Old Brooklyn CDC says. "We've raised our game to make all of us better."
For Fresh Water Cleveland, I wrote about how the two-year-old nonprofit LatinUs Theater is filling a gap in the community, bringing more awareness of Latino culture and theater, and creating opportunities for Latino artists.
“There is a want in the community for theater that is outside English speaking and representing other cultures,” actress Rocky Encalada says. “They’ve been asking for it, but up until now, it’s been offered in little pieces. Cleveland is a more diverse city. If you have a diverse city, you need to be able to feed people their own culture.”