Through the Looking Glass

Sample storefront art

In 2016, Forward Fairview Park received a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to conduct a public art project aimed at making vacant storefronts along the Lorain Road Corridor more noticeable and attractive to potential tenants. Entitled Through the Looking Glass, this project proposed using local, student-developed art to beautify vacant storefronts on Lorain Road, improve the aesthetics and perception of the business corridor, and facilitate creative placemaking in Fairview Park.

On April 25, 2017, 23 art submissions from Fairview Park students in grades 6-12 were judged by a panel of local art professionals as well as the general public. Each piece of art (view them here, here, and here) represented the artist’s interpretation of the project theme: Fairview Park Nature and Landmarks. Entries were evaluated based on theme interpretation, artistic design, and site suitability.

On June 1, 2017, Colette K., Sarah V., and Eva M. of the Fairview Park City Schools were named the winners of the 2017 Through the Looking Glass public art competition.

Judges Choice Award: Sarah V.
Popular Vote Award: Colette K.
Judges Choice Award: Eva M.

Next, Forward Fairview Park identified chronically vacant storefronts on Lorain Road and approached owners for permission to install artwork in the windows of their properties. Participating properties include the former Stamper’s Bar at 21750 Lorain Road, and the former car wash at 21125 Lorain Road, immediately in adjacent to the Gemini Center.

Artwork will be customized and fabricated by Fairview High School’s digital media students, under the guidance of Mr. Chris Kaminski. Students will also install the art in the selected storefronts prior to the end of 2017, where it will remain in place until the storefront has been leased or sold.

This project is funded in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture through a partnership with the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation.

Thanks to our additional sponsor