The [Urban Bright] program considerably enhances our art curriculum by providing artists-in-residence, materials and equipment for classes that our school definitely could not afford. The art department has not been given a sufficient budget for many years, so I must carefully plan and acquire most supplies on my own. The opportunity for the students to work closely with visiting artists from the Cleveland community has given them a first-hand experience with professional artists. The artists in residence that Art House has selected to work with our classes have been awesome and the scholars have been extremely receptive to their techniques of teaching. The variety of interesting projects that they have brought to our school along with the great supplies for the students to use and the experiences add an exceptional layer of learning that fosters deeper understanding and growth.
John Marshall High School
Art House is a nonprofit arts center located in historic Brooklyn Centre, between the Ohio City and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio. The organization was founded in 1999 by local artists and residents dedicated to the belief that the arts enrich lives and help create better communities. Our 3,000 square foot studio facility is housed in a 1948 domed Quonset building.
Our mission is to make art accessible to Brooklyn Centre and the Greater Cleveland community by providing instruction, encouragement, and facilities. Our purpose is to provide high quality visual and creative arts classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Our goal is to enrich the lives of those who live in our community, to encourage and strengthen the careers of local artists and to promote learning through the arts.
Art House is located 1-1/2 blocks west of Pearl Road, near the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. We offer a wide range of programming, including:
Studio art classes and workshops for adults and kids.
Professional development opportunities for art educators and artists
StudioGO: fee based outreach arts classes, workshops and festival activities for schools, businesses, groups and organizations.
Urban Bright: Arts-in-Education programming for Cleveland area schools.
Community Culture Nights: featuring local artists who discuss their lives and work.
Office Hours vary, so please call ahead before visiting.
I felt that Family Clay Day would be a great opportunity for my older son to experience art outside the confines of a public school setting. As a kindergartner, he had an art teacher that didn't encourage individual expression, but demanded that everyone do their projects exactly how she instructed. It was crushing to his creative spirit and he has always considered himself terrible at art since then. I hoped that coming to Clay Day would show him that he has complete freedom of expression with his art. It can be anything he wants it to be and still be wonderful, beautiful.
Old Brooklyn Community Elementary School's partnership with Art House has been most beneficial to our students, providing them with opportunities they would not otherwise have. Our school does not have an art teacher, so the students have minimal exposure to visual art. This past academic year, Urban Bright worked with our second grade students. This cohort of students has had the opportunity to work with Art House since Kindergarten and we definitely see a progression in their art skills as well as their social skills.