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Join a wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences throughout 2019. Click here for the Anniversary Week Event Guide, which took place June 19-23, 2019.
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Discover what Cleveland was like in 1969 and experience how the community has evolved over the past 50 years. Through immersive exhibits and programming guests can explore change, learn about our city’s vibrant history, and aspire to continue to affect change.
1969 is revealed in the following exhibits: Cleveland Starts Here; Carl & Louis Stokes Making History; Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland; Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel; Crawford Auto Aviation Museum; and Mad for Plaid.
April 27 - September 28
Last year Drink Local. Drink Tap. removed over 1,800 POUNDS of garbage from Edgewater's Beaches, and they want to keep that momentum going this year! You can choose from 10 different cleanups, taking place from April 27 through September 28. They provide gloves, bags, buckets and trash grabbers, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies! They recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and bringing a water bottle (local tap is the best!).
May 1 - December 30, 2019
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport challenge Northeast Ohio Youth Art students to use their creativity and artistic talent to express the importance of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. The resulting exhibit is a part of CLE’s Youth Art Program.
May 15 - August 20
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is hosting a wide variety of events this summer, including:
June 13: The Cuyahoga Valley’s complex ecosystem is home to an outstanding array of birds. Learn about some of these habitats and the fantastic birds you can discover.
July 16: Arrye Rosser, League of Women Voters Natural Resources Chair, presents the success and progress of the Cuyahoga river today.
July 18: Learn the best places to kayak in Summit and Cuyahoga Counties, what kind of equipment you’ll need and a bit about the history (and exciting future) of the Cuyahoga River.
August 20: Elaine Marsh, watershed specialist with the Summit Metro Parks, discusses the conditions that led to a century of river fires, the consequences, and the river’s remarkable recovery.
May 25 - September 22, 2019
Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning features three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957), known for his explosion events, gunpowder-ignited paintings, and installations, all using environmentally friendly material. While Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art (2018) was created especially for the exhibition, the other two exhibited works in monochrome and polychrome gunpowder illustrate the artist’s reflections on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water. The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present this exhibition as part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made toward clean water for all.
June 4 and August 6 at 11:00 am; July 10 and September 4 at 6:00 pm
Clarissa von Spee, Chair of Asian art and James and Donna Reid curator of Chinese art, leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.
June 8 - September 22, 2019
As part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made since toward clean water for all, the Cleveland Museum of Art will present two exhibitions that highlight the impact of human behavior on the environment. Featuring the work of renowned contemporary artist Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Water: Edward Burtynsky draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impact the future of our planet.
June 12 -August 21 (6-8pm)
Enjoy a FREE concert on Wade Oval in the heart of University Circle. Food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are all family-friendly. Bring a picnic or purchase delicious treats from vendors on site. Select museums are open late on Wednesdays.
June 21-30, 2019
Cleveland’s history is America’s history. Predicted for greatness by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. A city founded on the shores of Lake Erie. Shaped by a crooked Cuyahoga River that defined its identity and grew its wealth. A wealth fueled by the many immigrant groups that settled here. It is a city that emerged from the Gilded Age as a leader in policy and programs, building not only a great city but a greater civilization. This same river would catch fire on a hot summer day in June of 1969. It became a poster child of a national movement to save the environment. Today, industrial freighters share a clean Cuyahoga River with wildlife and recreational watercraft. Cleveland is writing a new chapter in its comeback story.
Cleveland History Days kicks off on Friday, June 21st with a short opening ceremony at Burning River Fest and concludes, followed by a wide variety of events.
June 21 - August 3
Ethiopian photographer and photojournalist Micheal Tsegaye is the Cleveland Print Room’s Creative Fusion International Artist-In-Residence for this project. Tsegaye transforms the Cleveland Print Room Gallery into the Cuyahoga River and its crooked bends from aerial photos and images from the riverbed.
June 30, 2019
Common Ground is a day of community conversation. On June 30, residents, neighbors, families and organizations across the region will host a mealtime conversation about the future of our shared home. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin.
June 26, 2019
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang joins David Stradling, co-author of "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland," for a lively discussion of Cai’s art and social and environmental matters in the context of the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning – which features a painting created in reference to Cleveland’s infamous 1969 Cuyahoga River fire. Moderated by Phillip Dodd, award-winning BBC broadcaster and former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Free; ticket required.
July 11-14, 2019
You will not want to miss this rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. Enjoy some of the finest festival foods, craft beers, music, street performers and reenactments. Enjoy three full days of family fun, amusement and recreation.
July 31 - August 22
Thursday, August 8th the Friends of Euclid Creek will present the Lake Erie Speakers Series at the Beachwood Community Center. The event will feature:
Fredrick Vincent of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, will speak on the "Deep Tunnel Project".
Chris Winslow, Director of the Ohio State University Stone Lab, will speak on "How Activities on Land Affect Lake Erie"; and,
Dr. Robert Brand, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will speak on "Safe Consumption of Fish from Lake Erie".
From July 31 to August 22nd, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Speakers Series, the Friends of Euclid Creek, the City of Beachwood and the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project will be presenting a creative art show of painted rain barrels, photography, paintings, and much more, all on the theme of Nature at the Beachwood Community Center. An artists' reception will be held on Sunday, August 4th. The rain barrels on display will be available for sale by silent auction during the run of the exhibit, with the proceeds going to support programming by the Friends of Euclid Creek. Admission to all of these events is free, and light refreshments and desserts will be served.
August 15, 2019 (6-9pm)
Join Museum naturalists for a late summer, evening cruise along the Cuyahoga River. We’ll board the Holiday at scenic collision bend in the Flats. We’ll watch for birds, dragonflies and other signs of nature. Our excursion will take us up river to see the Cuyahoga’s many bridges, as well as a trip down the abandoned Cuyahoga River channel. Appetizers and one drink ticket included. Cash bar available.
Members: $65; nonmembers: $80. Limit 40.
September 21, 2019 (9am-4pm)
Be a part of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) 2019 Open House as we celebrate the Cuyahoga River’s 50-year comeback story and the clean water work that made it possible.
Literally thousands of guests show up on a fall Saturday every year to learn more about where their water goes and what they can do to keep our Great Lake great. This year’s theme celebrates note only our lake’s greatness, but the rebirth of our once-burning Cuyahoga River as well.
October 16, 2019 (8am-6pm)
Ten years ago, Mayor Frank G. Jackson launched Sustainable Cleveland 2019 to engage all citizens to design and develop a “green city on a blue lake”. Since then we've made tons of progress as a community, galvanizing action among thousands of people and organizations. Summit 2019 will celebrate that progress and the people that made it happen.
The Summit will also look forward, establishing some key priorities in the Climate Action Plan that require community-wide action. Stay tuned in the months ahead for more details. Tickets on sale beginning June 2019.