Regional Rebirth


The signs are everywhere. Our economy is still shaky, our leadership is still stuck in neutral. But we’ve turned the corner with our confidence and entrepreneurial spirit. Echoing the transformative start-up mindset of industrialists of a century ago, we’re feeling a new vigor and courage among regional entrepreneurs and artists to stick out their necks and put in the effort to succeed.

Michael Loderstadt is stepping forward to take over a derelict building in the heart of North Collinwood to open a a gallery and digital/film processing business, launching this weekend at Walk All Over Waterloo. Ohio Arts Professionals Network is celebrating 60 years of collective efforts to improve live performance opportunities, and their new ED, Clevelander Jessica Rosenblatt, says hi at a networking party at CLE Urban Winery this week. Joe Kleon shows his cat photos to help a Medina-based rescue.

Loganberry turns 25, West Park Kamm’s Corners CDC hosts a fundraiser/holiday party, and Ryan Humbert sings Americana at the Akron Civic to benefit the Akron Canton Food Bank. BOP STOP and The Music Settlement have transformed the cultural landscape on Cleveland’s near West Side, and in January we’re hosting a benefit for them with an all-request night focused on the life, music and legacy of David Bowie. The rebirth is happening, it just needs your support. –Thomas Mulready

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