Join Us July 16-30 to Celebrate Common Ground’s Fifth Anniversary! Explore Events by Topic

Photo © Bob Perkoski

Everyone wants a seat at the table. Now celebrating its 5th anniversary, Common Ground offers the ability to take a seat – or to set the table for others – and participate in community conversations designed to encourage and foster new connections. Common Ground challenges individuals, organizations and community leaders to build, join and share conversations across our region each summer.

Developed by the Cleveland Foundation in partnership with nonprofit and civic organizations across the region, Common Ground is focused on building connections, valuing all voices, and sharing ideas on how to move Greater Cleveland forward. 

Check out the wide variety of events that this year’s Common Ground hosts have planned between July 16-30, and sign up for one (or a few) that interest you:

Arts and Culture

A Shared University Circle: Know Your Neighbors and University Circle Inc. – Saturday, July 17 at 12:00pm (Wade Oval Drive Near the Wade Oval Information Center, Cleveland, OH 44106)
Residents, students, and institutions all share space in University Circle, but what would it look like to share power? Join University Circle Inc. (UCI) and Know Your Neighbors (KYN) for a conversation that will explore the possibilities of a shared University Circle. 

Build Bridges of Understanding – Saturday, July 17 at 3:00pm (820 East Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44108)
We will have a conversation in the Mexican Cultural Garden to talk about how – through art and culture – we can build bridges of understanding within and beyond our diverse Mexican community. We will discuss such themes as cultural diplomacy and how to promote and strengthen Mexican culture in the greater Cleveland area. During this dialogue, we will also make an art installation. We hope to establish a permanent community dialogue that continues to unfold in this garden space. The dialogue will be facilitated in Spanish, but we welcome and will support anyone who needs English interpretation too!

ATNSC + Akhsótha Gallery Community Conversation: “In Theory, In Practice,” Socially Engaged Art & Catalyzing Change – Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30pm (11808 Cromwell Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44120)
Artists M. Carmen Lane and Arthur Russell will host, “In Theory, In Practice,” at ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership as the inaugural in-person gathering at our site on Cromwell Avenue. Using prompts from writings on socially engaged art, our guests will engage in conversation about the role of artists in catalyzing change in our community–particularly at the intersections of race, class and gender(s).

Cleveland Sews Common Ground – Saturday, July 24 at 11:00am (1447 E. 47th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103)
Cleveland Sews is a workforce development and wealth-building sewing collaborative that stitches together Cuyahoga County’s social fabric, thereby creating jobs, increasing stability, and building hope in community members who have faced hardship due to racial and economic inequities. The program is empowered by a network of partner organizations, including Neighborhood Connections, University Settlement, Summer on the Cuyahoga, and Cosmic Bobbins, among many others. This summer, these organizations are coming together to co-host Common Ground, picking up the threads of our past conversations and creating an opportunity to weave them together with new experiences to create a strong, resilient social fabric. 

Art: Strengthening connections & bringing community together – Friday, July 16 at 3:00pm (Dunham Tavern Museum 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103)
We will discuss how we can strengthen the connections between us to build community. During this interactive conversation, we will engage in a therapeutic art activity to embellish your own face mask to take home. It will symbolize your intention to strengthen the connections between us to build community.

Part II- Civics Cafe: Make Art Talk Civics – Thursday, July 29 at 5:30pm (3535 Central Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104)
What it is: Community Conversations focused on Civics and centered around Making Art
Overarching Goal: Getting people involved in taking action for themselves and their neighborhood.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

The Power of Naturalization – Friday, July 16 at 12:00pm (Online Event)
This year’s Common Ground theme is Growing Common Ground: People, Place Shared Power. Global Cleveland’s conversation, The Power of Naturalization, will center on how newcomers acquire democratic power through naturalization. How can we facilitate dialogue between longtime Cleveland residents and new citizens to build a shared sense of community and civic engagement?

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Music – Sunday, July 18 at 9:00am (1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114)
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is proud to host a Common Ground event on the Museum’s outdoor plaza. Our facilitators for the event will be the Museum’s Chief Curator Nwaka Onwusa and Mandy Smith, the Museum’s Director of Education. The conversation will focus on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Music.” Specifically, the facilitators will focus the conversation on racism and music; how music has been a powerful platform to express rage, hope and empowerment in the fight for social justice; and where we as an institution and a community go from here as we link arms together in pursuit of social justice. 

Restorative Justice: Addressing Harm While Building Community Relationships– Sunday, July 18 at 2:00pm (Good Earth Farm 9600 Madison Avenue Cleveland, OH 44102)
Join us to explore the language and values of Restorative Justice. Learn how it is used to address community conflict, repair harms, restore relationships and build stronger neighborhoods.

Philanthropy by the People – Tuesday, July 20 at 4:00pm (12635 Larchmere Rd Cleveland, OH 44120)
Everyday givers make up nearly 80% of total charitable giving in this country, but most people do not think of themselves as “philanthropists.” Let’s change that. Let’s talk about giving as more than money, shift the focus, and share the power. In this session, we will discuss what “philanthropy” has traditionally meant, what it actually encompasses, how we are each a philanthropist, and why that matters. This session is for individuals who want to learn more about a broader view of philanthropy, who may have never thought of themselves as philanthropists, or who believe philanthropy by the people is liberating.

Women’s Financial Empowerment – Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00pm (Online Event)
Join us for a virtual conversation regarding this year’s Common Ground theme– “People, Place, and Shared Power”– to discuss how our communities can promote women’s financial empowerment. HFLA of Northeast Ohio has been working towards economic empowerment for 117 years. What started as a small fund to support those coming to the New World has turned into a fund that helps residents through short-term financial emergencies, reach their academic goals, or fulfill a dream of opening their own business. Over 60% of our borrowers are women, a trend we have seen play out for a long time.

Shared Place, Shared Power? – Saturday, July 24 at 10:00am (Cafe Phix 6815 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103)
We share this city, but do we share the power? Join us for this Common Ground discussion to talk about what we mean by shared place and shared power. We’ll also discuss and identify what work still needs to be done.

Muslim and Jewish Women talking Common Ground – Sunday, July 25 at 4:30pm (Edwins Restaurant Patio 13101 Shaker Square Shaker Hts., OH 44120)
Join a first-of-a- kind Muslim – Jewish group of women to celebrate the 5th year of Common Ground. This year’s theme is “People, Place, Shared Power.” It will be used as an invitation to ask questions and share opinions around: “How can we strengthen the connections between us to build our community?” We will get to know each other, engage in a facilitated discussion, use metaphoric cards, and other treats that will give meaning to our shared time together. This is a safe space that will allow us to hold a friendly, challenging, and authentic conversation.

Eliminating Disparities, Increasing Access for Black Males – Monday, July 26 at 4:00pm (4415 Euclid Ave STE 315, Cleveland, OH 44103)
Project LIFT Services has implemented an initiative to ensure Black men are aware of and included in Governor DeWine’s Expedited Pardon Project. We want to hear from the community to develop innovative engagement strategies to support the inclusion of Black men and provide resources required for pardon eligibility.

Café Society: A Common Ground Event – Friday, July 30 at 5:00pm (6500 Hough Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103)
This Common Ground conversation about accessibility, inclusion, and community life will include a reception and neighborhood walks followed by a Common Ground conversation. All are welcome!


Efforts for the Book Bag Drive – Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00pm (Online Event)
The main purpose of the event is to give away school supplies and bookbags to children at a local elementary school and a local park. The event was created to make sure kids had the adequate amount of school supplies for the upcoming school year, and also to give parents the opportunity to focus on things regarding school other than school supplies.

Cleveland Family Café – Saturday, July 24 at 10:00am (The Midtown Tech Hive 6815 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103)
Parents, caregivers, and students are welcome to join us for a conversation about public education in Cleveland. We will discuss the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, discuss concerns about a return from remote learning, and provide a safe space for families to share. The Cleveland Transformation Alliance provides support to families who are looking for their child’s right fit school. We focus on the transition to kindergarten, high school, and any time in between.

Growing Common Ground: People, Places, and Shared Power in Public Education – Sunday, July 25 at 1:00pm (Cuyahoga County Public Library Warrensville Hts. 4415 Northfield Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44128)
What can we do and how can we educate our students after a pandemic? Join us as we discuss how to prepare students to have a successful summer and strengthen them for the upcoming school year. We will also share tools to assist parents and students mentally as well as things staff should remember when feeling overwhelmed with students. The name of the game is the importance of self-care!!!

Common Ground in an Age of Misinformation – Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30pm (Online Event)
Respectful discourse and creating common ground are essential to maintain relationships, whether with your family, friends, or neighbors. Join us to discuss how to move past misinformation and form connections despite differences.


Discover the Moses Cleaveland Trees of Lake View Cemetery (1) – Saturday, July 17 at 9:00am (Lake View Cemetery 12316 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106)
In 1946, Cleveland’s Sesquicentennial Committee led by A. B. Williams with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, designated 150 trees as Moses Cleaveland Trees. These trees were thought to be part of the original forest in Cleveland in 1946 when Moses Cleaveland landed at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and founded Cleveland. Seven total Moses Cleaveland Trees can be found in Lake View Cemetery today. Join Margeaux Apple, Plant Recorder with Holden Forests and Gardens, and Lake View Cemetery staff as they tour the grounds and provide background on not only the trees but also the history of the Cemetery.

MidTown Vision: Activating and Empowering Community – Saturday, July 24 at 11:00am (1929 E. 61st Street Suite 100, Cleveland, OH 44103)
Join MidTown Cleveland, Inc. at the front patio of Dave’s Market & eatery (MidTown location) for a discussion on activating and empowering community. We’ll unveil the final plan from the Neighborhood Vision Plan, which comes in the form of a card deck! Grab lunch, play the game, and meet your neighbors.

Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life – Sunday, July 25 at 10:00am (Beachwood Community Center 25325 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122)
Cathi Lehn, Sustainable Cleveland Manager with the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, and the Plastic Reduction Working Group will serve as your hosts during this interactive conversation focusing on alternatives to plastic packaging. A brief overview of the issue of plastic pollution will be followed by a conversation on new and exciting packaging alternatives. Participants will have an opportunity to imagine and design alternatives for packaging for common household items. The workshop will conclude with ideas for action and a tour of Ron Shelton’s HAF Connects: sustainable art of plastics art exhibit.

Community Environmental Justice Network – Tuesday, July 27 at 5:00pm
(Cleveland Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation Iron Springs Shelter, Garfield Hts, OH 44125)
The Community Environmental Justice Network will be led by parents, youth, and partner organizations associated with Organic Connects. Through facilitated and informal discussions, we will identify environmental health issues within our communities, connect individuals with similar issues to each other, work together to identify resources, and develop methods and strategies to address these concerns.

Discover the Moses Cleaveland Trees of Lake View Cemetery (2) – Tuesday, July 27 at 5:30pm (Lake View Cemetery 12316 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106)
In 1946, Cleveland’s Sesquicentennial Committee led by A. B. Williams with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, designated 150 trees as Moses Cleaveland Trees. These trees were thought to be part of the original forest in Cleveland in 1946 when Moses Cleaveland landed at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and founded Cleveland. Seven total Moses Cleaveland Trees can be found in Lake View Cemetery today. Join Margeaux Apple, Plant Recorder with Holden Forests and Gardens, and Lake View Cemetery staff as they tour the grounds and provide background on not only the trees but also the history of the Cemetery.

Landfill to Landmark – Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00pm (Brighton Park 2894 Henninger Road, Cleveland, OH 44109)
Join us for a discussion about reclaiming Cleveland’s forgotten lands. We’ll assemble for the evening at Brighton Park, a newly dedicated, 25-acre Cleveland Metropark in the heart of Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Western Reserve Land Conservancy and its partners have spent over 10 years protecting and reclaiming this site. Today it serves as a vibrant greenspace for neighborhood residents to enjoy. We’ll discuss current efforts to clean up our neighborhoods and restore nature in the heart of the city.

Strengthening Our Connections: People, Purpose, Place, Shared Power – Thursday, July 29 at 11:00am (Online Event)
We will answer questions such as, how can we strengthen the connections between us to build community? What would it look like to share power here? And as it pertains to Affordable Senior Living: Why does place matter?

Health and Wellbeing

Growing Common Ground: Covid-19 and Your Mental Health – Sunday, July 18 at 1:00pm (1511 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114)
Covid-19 is a devastating pandemic that swept the world and changed how we view the world. Because the world was on lockdown for so many months, people’s mental health became affected. In this Common Ground discussion, we will discuss how the pandemic affected our mental health, what we learned from it, and how we can use what we learned to protect ourselves and help others with their mental health in future crisis.

Don’t Forget About Us (Serving Our Exceptional Population) – Sunday, July 18 at 5:00pm (Online Event)
Come inside our world, it’s unique, it can be rewarding, it can be challenging. Join us for discussion that explores the truth and the possibilities with our multi-handicapped population.

Let Go, Let Flow – Sunday, July 25 at 2:00pm (Garfield Heights Reservation 11350 Broadway Ave. Garfield Heights, OH 44125)
An outdoor yoga class and conversation about Black women and mental health.
During the pandemic, when there has been over a year of seclusion due to social distancing and being under quarantine, many of us had to deal with depression, anxiety, anger, and other forms of mental illness. In the Black community, though it is now being discussed, we still have a lot of practical work to do to combat mental illness. One weapon we can use is self-care, and practicing yoga is a way to practice self-care. This yoga class will combine practicing self-care and having candid conversations about mental health and its impact on Black women.

It’s OK Not To Be OK – Thursday, July 29 at 4:00pm (Pavilion behind City Hall 15700 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130)
It’s OK NOT To Be OK. And it’s OK to talk about it, especially as we all navigate daily challenges and our changing world. Join us in a gathering for an open and community minded conversation focused on the responsibility we all have to listen, to refer, and to support – all to end the stigma of reaching out for mental health care. We will discuss, encourage, and empower one another to guide those in the community who may need more information about the signs of mental health issues, the courage to talk about it, and the direction to make a referral.

Forgotten Minority in Sports; People with Physical Disabilities – Friday, July 30 at 10:00am (Online Event)
Individuals with disabilities make up one of the largest minority groups in the U.S. and reside on the fringe of society. They have the highest rates of unemployment, physical inactivity and poorer health status compared to any other subgroup. They fare worse across a broad range of health indicators and the social determinants of health than the nondisabled population. Often, communities are unaware how to modify programs so that youth and adults with disabilities can be included in activities that promote positive health outcomes. Join us for a conversation on why inclusion matters, how it works and what Cuyahoga County programs Adaptive Sports Ohio offers.


Spirit Corner – Common Ground – Sunday, July 18 at 12:00pm (1779 Cadwell Road at Hampshire Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118)
Neighbors will gather to celebrate our neighbor-maintained green space and discuss how these “common ground” spaces connect neighbors and build a sense of community.

Growing Common Ground: People, Place Shared Power – Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00pm (HELP Foundation Inc. 26900 Euclid Ave, EUCLID, OH 44132)
Join us for a boxed lunch and discussion about growing common ground within our work place and community.

Doing Good in the CLE – Friday, July 23 at 2:00pm (530 Euclid Avenue Inside Coco’s Chalky Paints 5th Street Arcade, Cleveland , Ohio 44115)
Calling all do-gooders, community activists, organizations, and philanthropists. Join us to share stories about your good works and about the work that still needs to be done to improve the lives of Greater Clevelanders.

CHEERS! Community Conversations about Equitable Lakefront Park Access – Saturday, July 24 at 2:30pm (North Gordon Park 8701 Lakeshore Blvd. NE, Cleveland, OH 44103)
The Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study (CHEERS) outlines a plan for an additional park and wildlife habitat along Cleveland’s Lake Erie Shoreline near the St. Clair-Superior and Glenville neighborhoods. Come to learn and provide feedback on the lakefront plan. We will be holding conversations about how to make the future park more accessible and equitable. There will be an interactive live fish display, walking tours of Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, and an open house at the Intercity Yacht Club plus FREE ice-cream, tasty treats and arts activities.

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…a Conversation to Build Community – Sunday, July 25 at 10:30am (17300 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120)
Join us for a community conversation designed to build community and strengthen bonds between neighbors. Set within a time for prayer and reflection, this gathering seeks to grow curiosity, courage, and connection. Participants will respond to simple conversation starters, share their stories and perspectives, and discover common ground as well as diverse outlooks. Using materials from A Sanctified Art, we explore questions such as “Where Are You From?” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” Let’s come together, share stories, and grow common ground. 

Shared Spaces – A Conversation in Severance Circle – Tuesday, July 27 at 6:00pm (Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118)
FutureHeights is hosting a Common Ground conversation in Severance Circle. Building on this year’s Common Ground theme, through this program FutureHeights aims to:

  • Create spaces where meaningful connections are made, and purposeful actions begin.

  • Facilitate conversations on placemaking and community.

  • Bring attention to Severance.

  • Learn residents’ association with Severance.

  • Build community across the city by bringing the northern and southern parts together to this central location whose current state and future impacts all of the city.

The program will kick off with a tour of the site from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and the conversation from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us for an engaging and exciting evening!

Building Old Town: How to win the war of gentrification – Friday, July 30 at 12:00pm (Roberto Clemente Park Pavillion, Cleveland, OH 44113)
At the onset of the Clark Fulton master planning process, a core group of residents banded together in the midst of the pandemic to form the Clemente Park Block Club. Our hopes were to garner attention and plug into the plan, and be a part of the decision making process, but a vision quest ensued as we met and shared our stories, worries, and hopes for the future as big change for our happy village is right at our doorstep. Join us as we share how we came to take the bull by the horns to self-determine our future, and build Old Town.

Youth Development, Intergenerational Engagement, and Parenting

Hope and Health: The Power of Intergenerational Learning Communities – Saturday, July 17 at 10:00am (The Intergenerational School 11327 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44104)
How does school, both the physical building and the ways in which we teach, drive community connection across generations? Join teachers, families, volunteers and Buckeye residents to discuss how school can serve as the setting for meaningful connection, shared ownership and community transformation.

A Place To Belong – Saturday, July 17 at 1:00pm (21600 Shaker Blvd, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, Shaker Heights, OH 44122)
The Eastside of Cleveland is currently lacking a place, space, and opportunities for LGBTQ+ Youth to bring their authentic selves too. We are seeking to garner feedback and support as we venture to create one. This event is a launch of that place and space.

Engage Me OR Enrage Me – Saturday, July 17 at 2:00pm (28935 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, OH 44092)
A Common Ground conversation about how we can help improve the futures of youth by engaging around what enrages them. What can we as adults do to create a community that develops children and young adults into citizens that will allow them to contribute in a meaningful way? Join us as we talk through how to make the youth feel groovy about growing in these communities!

The Motherload: The Ups & Downs of Modern Motherhood – Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30pm (Limelight 2515 Jay Avenue Unit 101, Cleveland, Ohio 44113)
Suddenly the principal of Zoom school while also trying to make it to work on time? Finding it hard to pretend to be laser-focused on running your big Zoom meeting while your kids are throwing a gigantic tantrum? Trying to run your home and be the rock of your family through an unprecedented school-closing global pandemic and feel well yourself? No problem. Actually, it’s a huge problem. The pandemic has bust open the myth that families are doing okay, revealing a system that was never built with the well-being of mothers and families in mind. If you are feeling exhausted, depleted, and overwhelmed with modern mothering you are not alone, and we want to create space to talk about it TOGETHER! This session is geared toward mothers who want + need time and collective space to reflect on the challenges, struggles and joys of this past year and to begin to brainstorm together ways that things can be better. 

Supporting, Encouraging, and Attracting Youth to Geauga County (Virtual) – Thursday, July 22 at 8:30am (Online Event)
We are excited to be involved in Supporting, Encouraging, and Attracting Youth to Geauga County, a conversation co-hosted by Geauga County Public Library, Geauga Growth Partnership, Kent State University Geauga, and Leadership Geauga. The collaborative discussion will endorse the objectives developed by our residents in Five Years of Growing Common Ground: People, Place, and Shared Power. Participants will discuss the impact of Geauga County’s aging population, explore ideas regarding how to attract young professionals to live and work in our community, and assess how both parties can leverage the experience, expertise, and knowledge of retired professionals in Geauga County.

Technology and Training – Connecting Older Adults to the Internet – Thursday, July 22 at 3:00pm (The Barton Center 14300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood , OH 44107)
The pandemic brought into focus the depression, loneliness and isolation of older adults in low-income housing. Our presentation will describe the challenges, successes and outcomes of our program at the Westerly Apartments.

Supporting, Encouraging, and Attracting Youth to Geauga County – Thursday, July 22 at 5:00pm (7250 Country Ln Chagrin Falls, OH 44023)
We are excited to be involved in Supporting, Encouraging, and Attracting Youth to Geauga County, a conversation co-hosted by Geauga County Public Library, Geauga Growth Partnership, Kent State University Geauga, and Leadership Geauga. The collaborative discussion will endorse the objectives developed by our residents in Five Years of Growing Common Ground: People, Place, and Shared Power. Participants will discuss the impact of Geauga County’s aging population, explore ideas regarding how to attract young professionals to live and work in our community, and assess how both parties can leverage the experience, expertise, and knowledge of retired professionals in Geauga County.

AGEism in our community – Friday, July 23 at 4:00pm (12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH 44120)
In this Common Ground discussion, Fairhill Partners wants to challenge community members to think about and confront the Ageism they see in their neighborhoods. Join us to help illuminate how Ageism is an intergenerational problem that impacts people of all backgrounds. The socially engrained nature of Ageism often renders it invisible, but with awareness, its detrimental effects can be mitigated. Continued silence around Age and its effects will keep our communities paralyzed in the status quo and allow Ageism to eat away at our community’s well-being.

Noble Neighborhood Young Families – Saturday, July 24 at 10:00am (Montevista Road Noble Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44121)
Raising a little one (or ones) in a Noble neighborhood in Cleveland Heights? Come join us for a playground gathering at Noble Elementary School! Parents, caregivers, and children of all ages are welcome. We look forward to talking to each other about the challenges and triumphs of taking care of kids in 2021, to exploring opportunities and support systems in the area, and to having the chance just to connect and meet! 

Aging, Accessibility and Inclusion in Urban Neighborhoods – Saturday, July 24 at 11:00am (US Bank Plaza 1350 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115)
Many neighborhoods are not designed to support people as they age. How can we make Downtown Cleveland and other urban neighborhoods more supportive, physically and socially, for older residents? Light refreshments provided. All are welcome!

Life Finds A Way: Unpacking Covid-19 & Envisioning Moving Forward – Saturday, July 24 at 2:00pm (Revolutionary Love Garden 12301 Imperial Ave, Cleveland, OH 44120)
Join Melanated Millennial Consulting and Community Partners as we discuss the highs and lows experienced since the onset of COVID-19. Join our short walk followed by reflective discussion over nourishing food. Revolutionary Love Garden is perfect ground for unpacking our thoughts.

Equity and Engagement – Strengthening CH-UH Schools, Families & Communities – Sunday, July 25 at 1:00pm (14591 Superior Rd *Top of the Hill on Taylor Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118)
The CH-UH City Schools Office of Family Engagement, Heights Schools Foundation, and the City of Cleveland Hts. Parks and Recreation Dept. is once again joining forces to host a Common Ground space! The event will be held at the top of Cain Park Hill and is designed to build community, support, and strength for our schools. Come ready to take part in engaging conversations built around our individual truths, a shared experience & the goal of finding common ground. 

All For The Children in AsiaTown – Sunday, July 25 at 6:00pm (3224 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114)
An opportunity for moms living in the AsiaTown community to share their thoughts on how to make the community more suitable for kids to live and grow. An opportunity for children to play with other kids and build their own network. The conversation will be in Chinese, but everyone is welcomed to join us!

Building Our Community – Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30pm (5701 Fullerton Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44105)
To bring the community together, make plans and get more people involved. We have events coming up and are developing more green spaces though out the community.

Every Child Deserves Access To Books – Wednesday, July 28 at 2:00pm (3635 Perkins Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114)
A book in the hands of a child is a magical thing! Books fuel our imaginations, teach us empathy, and help parents build bonds with their kids. Books increase our vocabularies and encourage academic growth. Books inspire our dreams and expand our worlds to limitless horizons. There are many families throughout our community who do not own books for themselves or their children. What small step can each of us take in our communities so that all families can share the joy and power of books with their children?

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  1. Richard DeChant - Executive Director, Cleveland Police Foundation

    The Cleveland Police Foundation is very interested in participating in/hosting an event about police reform and cultural change in law enforcement. Unfortunately, we cannot make this current July 16-30 window. Will another session/window of opportunity be offered at a later date?

    Rick Dechant
    Executive Director
    The Cleveland Police Foundation

  2. e beal

    This looks like an amazing (and geographically dispersed!!) line-up of insightful/inciteful community-forming activities. I’ve marked several for in-person attendance.

  3. Charlene Adams

    Unfortunately, a couple of conversations I would have liked to attend, are occurring on Sunday mornings, the same time as many Worship Services take place. After almost two years of not being able to attend “in-person” worship inside or on the grounds of the church, I don’t want to miss one Sunday. Thanks for considering this when scheduling Common Ground Conversations.


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