Who we are, Where we live: A Collinwood Community Arts Program

Artist and poet Cindy Washabaugh is hosting an exciting creative arts program, funded by the Institute for Poetic Medicine, throughout the Collinwood neighborhood. Who we are, Where we live is a multi-faceted program designed to give voice to the residents of our diverse community. For some, stories and memories of life and work in Collinwood date back to the 1940’s and before. For others, these memories and stories are just beginning to unfold. Together, they tell the larger story of a place that has endured through hard times and good times, a place where people still live, raise families, make art, run businesses, and go to school. Our work will then be gathered in an anthology booklet, along with other pieces created in “Who we are, Where we live” writing workshops to be held at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home and Collinwood Recreation Center.  


Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Location: Waterloo Arts

15605 Waterloo Rd.

Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Community Writing Workshop: Join neighbors (adults and teens) for lively, engaging time writing simple memories or experiences of your life in Collinwood!

We would be honored to hear pieces of your story, and we invite you to participate in a community writing workshop to be held at the Waterloo Arts on Saturday, October 17, from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.  Join your neighbors for an engaging afternoon of simple creative writing exercises and lively discussion about the Collinwood experience.  We will come away with short paragraphs or poems telling “who we are, and where we live.”


Participants are also invited to a community art workshop and poetry reading:

Sunday, November 1, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Praxis Fiber Workshop

15301 Waterloo Rd.

Community Art Workshop: “spirit flags” inspired by your poems and stories

On November 1 (1:00 to 4:00 pm), participants from all writing workshops will be invited to come together at Praxis Fiber Workshop to make colorful “spirit flags” bearing our messages of both memory and hope for the community.


Saturday, November 14, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Location: Waterloo Arts

15605 Waterloo Rd.

Community Reading & Celebration: Gather with all workshop participants to read & share your work. Spirit flags will fly! Open to larger community as well!

For more information, contact Cindy Washabaugh at 216-403-5326 or cindy.washabaugh1@gmail.com

1 Comments for : Who we are, Where we live: A Collinwood Community Arts Program
    • Cathey Capers
    • October 19, 2015

    What a beautiful inspiring project! I love the combination of words, memories, and spirit flags. Reminds me that November is such a good time for this- many cultures engaging in Days of Remembrance, All Souls Day, etc. This inspires me to think about my own community and neighborhoods that would be so uplifted by such events. Thank you and best wishes!

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