Sing a song about Cleveland: Mike Tyson   06.15.12

For the past few months I have been thinking about Cleveland, which probably has to do with the fact that we have turned SPACES into the unofficial visitor center for the city. You can read more about that project here: Here's a blurb from our website: "This project seeks to engage the idea of tourism through the lens of a city that is not a traditional tourist destination. Participating artists engage Cleveland as a subject and medium in both critical and laudatory ways."

So if you stop by SPACES you will see we have the participating artists' works, tour books, postcards, maps (including a memory map), and information all about Cleveland. We even sponsored an anthem contest, so you can hear tons of different kinds of songs about the city.

In this entry (and maybe a few more) I want to focus on people singing about Cleveland. OK OK, so some people might say this is a song about Lebron and not Cleveland, but I think it's funny. How many times will you see Mike Tyson sing the words "Cleveland, Ohio?" ooowha, oowha ooow.

by Marilyn Simmons, SPACES Gallery Oracle

Keywords: cleveland, mike tyson, the cleveland convention and visitors bureau, tourism
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: General

SPACES Got a Brand New Roof!   05.30.12

Thanks to the State of Ohio through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and Harbor Roofing Company, SPACES finally has a new roof after decades. Goodbye leaks, hello safe art and many more years without that headache!

I bet you always wondered how our rooftop sign was attached as well. Now you get a behind the scenes peek.

We'd also like to thank the Ohio Governors since this entire process initiated years ago: The Hon. John R. Kasich, The Hon. Ted Strickland and The Hon. Bob Taft.

Keywords: roof, rooftop sign
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

SPACES: In the Air   02.24.12

We often have various musical selections drifting through the air at SPACES and being hummed by the staff. Below are the staff's top artists this week:


They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science
They Might Be Giants - Here Come the 123s
Dan Zanes (who, by the way is playing at the Beachland Ballroom tonight with the del fuegos)
Oliver Twist - one of the broadway recordings
(All thanks to the 6-year old in my house.)


St. Vincent
Blonde Redhead


Esperanza Spalding
Nina Simone


The Black Keys
Clutch (the usual)


Madleen Kane
Earth, Wind & Fire

Keywords: music, staff
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

We _ You   02.14.12

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! We appreciate the support that we receive from our friends out there—in the form of donations, volunteering, visiting, and spreading the word. You are our valentines! Thank you.

All of us at SPACES

Keywords: thank you, valentine's, valentine's "thank you"
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Because We CAN!   01.18.12

You may start noticing stacks of intriguing newspapers around town. These particular newspapers have a red cover, black text and pointing hands along the lower margin. This is the Collective Arts Network Journal (or CAN Journal). The brainchild of Zygote Press's Liz Maugans, the CAN Journal shines a spotlight on 28 different art organizations in our region to give a more comprehensive view of the region's creative output.

With the design and editing assistance of JoAnn Dickey and Michael Gill, and an essay from Douglas Max Utter, this publication is geared toward informing the public of the sheer scope of visual art in and around Cuyahoga county. The CAN Journal is littered with essays by area arts leaders extolling the virtues of the other art organizations in the region (I wrote about Brandt Gallery in Tremont, and Nancy Heaton of BAYarts wrote about SPACES).

Educate yourself on all the great art opportunities we have here to experience art in all its variations by picking up a copy today at a participating art venue, or download a copy here:

CAN Journal Cover
CAN Journal Cover

Keywords: cuyahoga county, publication
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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