Learning Through The Arts: Waterways To Waterways Community Art Project
On Thursday, April 18th, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch, in partnership with Praxis Fiber Workshop and Collinwood Reads, hosted New Tech Collinwood students and the Collinwood Community to create banners to hang from the Detroit-Superior Bridge in downtown Cleveland on June 22nd. The workshop is part of the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River catching fire on June 22, 1969 and part of The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways. Waterways to Waterways brings together a group of international and local artists to focus on projects that connect the regenerative efforts for the Cuyahoga to global waterways. We are so proud that local artist, Jessica Pinsky, Executive Director of Praxis Fiber workshop, involved the Collinwood Community as part of this amazing exhibit. Special thanks to Sharon Kidd, Site Coordinator for Wraparound Services at New Tech Collinwood, OhioGuidestone, and art teacher, Ms. Avers, for their help in getting students to participate. Thank you also goes to Teacher, Ebony,Coordinator for "Collinwood Reads" for her support. Collinwood Branch Manager, Caroline Peak, and Jessica Pinsky were featured on the April 12th edition of “We the People” on WKYC to promote the program. We appreciate the show’s Executive Producer, Margaret Bernstein, for the opportunity to talk about this wonderful community art project.
Caroline J. Peak, known as “Ms. Peak” to many, is a resident of the Collinwood Community for 30 plus years serving as a committed community leader, engager, and volunteer. Ms. Peak is very passionate about improving the quality of life for citizens by giving back to her community. Ms. Peak serves as the Public Service Manager of the Collinwood Branch of Cleveland Public Library and is a Certified Librarian having earned a Master’s Degree from Kent State University. Ms. Peak also served as a True2U Mentor for 8th graders at Memorial School among her activities and engagement in neighborhood block associations, advisory committees, and civic engagement. She has participated in leadership programs, Neighborhood Leadership Institute and Neighborhood Leader Institute and Management Certification at Cleveland Public Library to support her service as an Executive Committee member of CHN Housing Partners, organizations that are devoted to the mission of improving the quality of life in neighborhoods. She was recently selected to serve on the Bond Accountability Commission as Secretary of the Cleveland Municipal School District and a member of the Health Impact Committee for United Way and a steering member of HIP--Cuyahoga --Health Improvement Partnership to help build healthy communities. She is the 2018 recipient of Resident of the Year for Ward 8-District 5 for the City of Cleveland.