Join Us at an Event!
There are a wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences taking place throughout 2019. Events will continue to be added in the coming months, including anniversary week (June 19-23, 2019).
If you’re interested in including your event as part of Cuyahoga50, please fill out this form.
October 19, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Alexis Rockman, an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, celebrates the natural majesty and global importance of the Great Lakes while exploring how they are threatened by climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl.
January 18, 2019
Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, examines its history, the role Cleveland played, the environmental, social, and economic innovations that resulted from these efforts, and how the lessons learned can help us address emerging threats to our environment.
Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the fire, the City Club will be hosting Igniting the Future, a series of conversations on how the Cuyahoga River fire and its aftermath set the stage for the modern environmental movement.
January 27-30, 2019
This annual event will attract nearly 800 biologists, students, and scientists from local, state and provincial, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies, universities, and private companies across the 12 Midwestern states and provinces. The theme of the meeting is "Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation."
February 1, 2019
Brown bag lunch lecture featuring landscape architect Halina Steiner and Jane Goodman, Director of Cuyahoga River Restoration, discussing opportunities for expanding fish habitat in the Cuyahoga ship channel in ways that also enhance the riverfront landscape for people.
February 2, 2019
Calling all soul sisters and brothers, soldiers and squares! Pull on those funky threads and tear it up at the year’s most out-of-sight gig. Explore protest, revolution, and change through the sounds, grooves, duds, suds, and moves of this pivotal year in which the river burned and the eagle landed.
February 9, 2019 at 8pm
The Akron Symphony presents Debussy's La Mer in concert, in partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center. Echoing the mysteries of the sea, Debussy summons the emotional power and psychological depths of wind and waves. Composer Stella Sung’s seascape introduces a watery dialogue between marine and human life. And Moby Dick rises again in the haunting music of Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite composer.
February 14 – March 2, 2019
Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event, returns to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River in an all-new version. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland's history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways.
February 27, 2019
Join the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Public Theatre at Happy Days Lodge to witness selections from Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland’s history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland’s waterways.
February 28, 2019
A narrative history by Professor David Bernatowicz of how Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River helped spark an environmental revolution in America.