Expressions of Black Culture Public Art Passport

Expressions of Black Culture Public Art Passport

Throughout Cleveland’s neighborhoods and into the suburbs, works of art celebrating Black culture and commemorating moments and contributions of Black residents dot the landscape. Use this free passport to track your progress on a self-guided and self-paced tour of 35 works. The passport’s featured pieces, which are by both local and national artists, can be viewed from public access points. Plus, users who check in at 25 sites will be entered in a quarterly drawing for a $200 gift basket filled with goods from local minority-owned businesses. As some works are located on private buildings, please respect the properties and the neighborhoods that host them.

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Expressions of Black Culture Public Art Passport

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"A World Built Of Sweat And Steel"
Artist: John Rivera-Resto

During Cleveland’s industrial heyday, workers poured into the city from many nations in Eastern Europe, along with African Americans leaving the South during the Great Migration. Together, these groups created the products that Cleveland shipped around the...
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"Arches Of Tradition"
Artist: Jerome T White

These nine arched murals represent the nine innings of a baseball game. They are applied to the facade of League Park, the first home of professional baseball in Cleveland. Both the Cleveland Indians of the American League and Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro...
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"Bound For Glory"
Artist: Jerome T. White

This mural, sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Community Mural Program, is located on the facade of Al’s Deli in the Glenville neighborhood. It references Cleveland’s position as one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad. The boy on the...
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"Bridge That Bridges"
Artist: Gus Turner et al.

In 1958, the Innerbelt freeway separated Downtown Cleveland from the neighborhoods immediately to the east. The freeway is an example of structural racism built into the infrastructure of the city. In 2018, the “Bridge That Bridges” project was completed,...
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"Cleveland is the Reason"
Artist: Glen Infante

Glen Infante’s large-format work often features celebrities and cultural icons in a bright, vibrant style. “Cleveland is the Reason” focuses on famous Northeast Ohioans, including Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens, basketball star LeBron James,...
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"Community Of Rhythm"
Artist: Multiple Artists

The many panels within this mural depict young people from several countries with a presence in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood: Slovenia, Croatia, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Nigeria. They wear traditional ethnic clothes and play...
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"Kings And Queens Of Lakeview Terrace"
Artist: Ananda Nahu

The retaining wall along the West Shoreway has separated the Lakeview Terrace housing projects from the rest of the Ohio City neighborhood for over 75 years. Brazilian artist Ananda Nahu visited with the children of Lakeview Terrace and created this mural to...
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"Life Is Sharing The Same Park Bench"
Artist: John F. Morrell

Painted in 1969 by John Morrell and a group of volunteers, this work was commissioned by Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes. Located in Downtown Cleveland, it shows four people of different races, genders and ages sitting together. In the early 1990s there was a...
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"New Horizons"
Artist: Neal Hamilton

Neal Hamilton’s “New Horizons” greets you at the southern entrance to Quincy Park in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood. The family depicted in the mural is on a path through lush terrain that represents hope for a bright future. The image represents the...
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"The Storyteller: Hough"
Artist: Anna Arnold

This mural, part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Community Mural Program, is located on the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center in the Hough neighborhood. Anna Arnold relates the story of a wise old woman telling the neighborhood children about her past. First,...
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"What Is That In Thyne Hand?"
Artist: Van Taylor Monroe III

Van Taylor Monroe III is a Cleveland-based artist best known for his custom hand-painted sneakers. His work “Obama ’08” is painted on a pair of Nikes and is featured in the Smithsonian Museum. During a residency at Cleveland Museum of Art, Monroe...
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African-American Cultural Garden
Artist: W. Daniel Bickerstaff II

Rockefeller Park is home to 33 gardens celebrating Cleveland’s diverse heritage. The African American Cultural Garden features this work, “The Past Pavilion,” which evokes the experience of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The Garden reflects the...
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Atlas Against The Wall / Don’t Kill Your Lily
Artist: LNY

Installed in 2015 as part of the Zoetic Walls project in the Waterloo Arts District of the Collinwood neighborhood, this piece is by Ecuadorian artist Layqa Nuna Yawar, known as LNY. His artwork seeks to disrupt established systems and reimagine a world of shared...
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Black Girl At Chalkboard
Artist: September Shy

September Shy’s work explores culture and identity through design. The complex works of the “Black Girl at Chalkboard” series use powerful black and white contrast with pops of color to explore social and political issues. This work is the first permanent...
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Constellation
Artist: Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita’s large-scale works use kaleidoscopic patterns and vibrant colors to reflect the human condition. The “Constellation” mural was installed on the east-facing exterior of the historic Halle Building in Downtown Cleveland as part of the...
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Dialoge, Diversity, Democracy
Artist: Christopher Darling

A mural sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland for the Freedom of Speech Mural Project, this work is that of the late Christopher Darling. Located at Collinwood High School in the Collinwood neighborhood, “Dialogue, Diversity, Democracy” depicts three...
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Don't Judge Each Day By The Harvest You Reap But By The Seeds That You Plant
Artist: Sequoia C. Versillee

The title of this mural is drawn from the work of Robert Louis Stevenson. Artist Sequoia Versilee chose it because it represents the pay-it-forward spirit of Kathryn Tyler. "Mrs. T," as she was affectionately called, founded what is now the Murtis Tayler...
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Harvey Rice Photomurals
Artist: Don Black Jr. 

Two large scale photomurals grace the front and rear facades of the Harvey Rice Branch Library in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. The photos were taken and produced by Cleveland artist Don Black Jr. “Reflection of Self” depicts a young boy reading....
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Jesse Owens, Olympic Champion
Artist: William M. McVey

At age nine, Jesse Owens’ family moved to Cleveland from Alabama so that his father and older brother could work in the steel mills. Owens rose to prominence in track and field while at East Technical High School. He continued his dominance on the track at...
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Lady Noel
Artist: Lauren Pearce

This mural by Cleveland-based artist Lauren Pearce is in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood. Pearce uses iconic shapes and color to captivate viewers. Lauren’s artwork aims to brings forth the colorful language of womanhood, race and identity.
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Larry Doby
Artist: David Deming

Larry Doby was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball’s American League, signing with the Cleveland Indians in July 1947 – just three months after Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. Throughout the 1940s, Indians owner Bill Veeck...
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Luke Easter
Artist: William M. McVey

Following closely behind Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, Luke Easter was one of the first players to integrate professional baseball. He was the second African American in the Pacific Coast League. When asked his opinion on integrating the PCL he told San...
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Maya Angelou
Artist: mr.soul and others

This mural, located on the side of Nikki’s Music in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood, is part of the Inner City Hues project by LAND Studio. Over a dozen artists worked with residents and community stakeholders in conceptualizing, designing and implementing...
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Our Lives Matter
Artist: Gary Williams & Robin Robinson

This two-story work was inspired by a Washington Post article that reported a rise from 860 to 1,092 non-accidental police killings of Black people from 2014 to 2015. The boy in a hooded sweatshirt is a reference to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin,...
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Road To Freedom
Artist: Stina Aleah, Davon Brantley, and Christa Childs

The suburb of Bedford was formed as a railroad town and played a part in the Underground Railroad, which helped deliver escaped slaves to freedom. The mural features important faces and stories from the Underground Railroad,...
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Ruby Dee Monument
Artist: Kent Twichell

Karamu House, America’s oldest producing African American theatre, hosts this 40-foot-tall mural of the actress Ruby Dee whose extraordinary career on stage and screen spanned six decades. Dee was born in Cleveland in 1922 but grew up in Harlem. She was...
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Stephanie Tubbs-Jones
Artist: Michael Murphy

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was the first African American woman to be elected to Congress in Ohio. This sculpture by Michael Murphy sits in front of the Downtown Cleveland Transit Center named in her honor. Murphy’s sculpture often relies on the viewer’s...
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Storytime (BLM)
Artist: Chanell and Donald Boyd

Residents and community activists Chanell and Donald Boyd were set to open the Cure Nail Gallery in this building on East 156th Street in the Collinwood neighborhood. The Boyds installed a new public art work that more adequately reflected the spirit of...
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Unity And Community
Artist: Christopher Darling and KSU Design

Oriana House is a residential reentry center in the Hough neighborhood. Illustrator Christopher Darling secured a grant to design a mural that would integrate with Oriana House’s reentry curriculum. Darling and design students from Kent...
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Voices Of CLE - Isaiah Williams
Artist: Isaiah Williams

Prominently placing the words “Made To Love” at the corner of West Third Street and Rockwell Ave. in Downtown Cleveland, this vibrant work by Isaiah Williams brings a pop of color to a building currently under renovation. Isaiah describes his philosophy by...
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Voices Of CLE - Lauren Pearce
Artist: Lauren Pearce

This work by Lauren Pearce, a Black artist based in Cleveland who creates powerful mixed media art to explore the colorful language of womanhood, race and identity, was installed on the recently renovated Lincoln Building in Downtown Cleveland. Lauren’s...
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Voices Of CLE - Rashuan Dillard
Artist: Rashuan Dillard

Rashaun Dillard uses his art to convey a sense of community. He states, “Everyone doesn’t have an outlet. I use my art to let others know I see you and you’re not alone.” Rashaun’s work was selected to be converted to window vinyl and featured on this...
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Voices Of CLE - Stina Aleah
Artist: Stina Aleah

A former standout in track and field from Elyria, Ohio, Stina Aleah first took an art class while recovering from a broken femur in high school. Much of her work focuses on themes of perseverance. This work was converted from the original oil painting to vinyl and applied to a Downtown Cleveland facade.
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Vote!
Artist: Gary Williams, Robin Robinson, and David Hayes

This work in the Glenville neighborhood depicts a young Black boy’s cry for action and awareness. Robin Robinson, who is also active in community organizing in Glenville, designed the mural with the neighborhood in mind. The...
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