Rooms To Let: CLE Returns to Slavic Village for a Fourth Year


On May 20  and 21, 2017 the next generation of Rooms To Let: CLE will transform a neighborhood street as the innovative installation returns to Slavic Village for a fourth consecutive year. Led by Slavic Village Development, Rooms to Let seeks to re-envision one of Cleveland’s most diverse and authentic neighborhoods, as it strives to illuminate a community in the midst of recovery. Dozens of artists and makers will create works in vacant homes and vacant lots– some of which are slated for demolition as well as in those that will be rehabilitated.  The event will also feature live music as well as interactive and performance art.

This year, vacant lots will be transformed with art installations and create the setting for hands-on activities giving opportunities for attendees to create their own art. Additionally preceding the event artists, community members, and volunteers will come together for a Rooms to Let clean-up and fix-a-thon. Surrounding homeowners will be given assistance with basic curb appeal and home repairs and the event area will be cleaned and beautified. Efforts to embrace the surrounding community through the fix-a-thon and day of block party that includes food, drinks and activities for residents will be prioritized.

Artists interested in transforming spaces in four vacant homes in Slavic Village will be selected by curators, Dana DePew (artist), Dott von Schneider (artist), Loren Naji (Loren Naji Studio), and Omid Tavakoli (PopEye Gallery).
Dott von Schneider states, “I love participating as a curator for one of the houses this year. Last year, with Wachshaus von Schneider my sister and I were so thrilled and grateful to create wax memory vessels with the community, especially the kids, who got to take their creations with them. Rooms to Let offers a unique opportunity for the participating artists and curators to interact with the community and bring beauty and dialogue regarding the neighborhood and the houses set for demolition.”

Rooms To Let: CLE is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Slavic Village Development is the non-profit neighborhood redevelopment organization serving the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland with over 35 years of experience in community development.


Rooms To Let Cleveland

Slavic Village Development

216.429.1182, ext. 141


Rooms To Let:  May 20  and 21, 2017