Do Good, Make Art

Attend the first cleanup of 2015 on March 14th and contribute to a large scale Lake Erie plastic trash art sculpture.

Did you know that nearly 300 million pounds of plastic is produced globally each year, and less than 10 percent of that is recycled or given a second life. A large portion of the plastic is lost in the environment, primarily in Earth’s waterways, including Lake Erie. This is a huge environmental problem that threatens us all.

Join the Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach team as we kick off the 6th year of beach and street cleanups in North Collinwood and be part of the solution for a cleaner lakefront.

Need motivation? Since 2012, neighborhood artist Ali Lukacsy has been crafting with beach trash creating installations on Waterloo and Slavic Village and furniture including a piece currently on view at w.78th Street Studios. Her line, cigARTips, raises awareness about the most prolific form of plastic trash in The Great Lakes, cigarillo tips. In 2013, the Alliance for the Great Lakes reported that Lake Erie’s southern beaches collected more tips than any other region from New York to Wisconsin , that’s disgusting Ohio!

This spring, plastic trash collected from cleanups on lakes, rivers, and streams in the Greater Cleveland area will be incorporated into a large scale sculpture at North Coast Harbor part of the Great Lakes Science Center’s “Great Lakes Adventure Week” programming. In partnership with artist Loren Naji, Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach’s trash collection will also appear in an installation to debut during the Waterloo Arts Fest. Every clean-up participant’s name will appear next to the artwork downtown and in North Collinwood. Through art you can help educate the public about plastic pollution in our Lake.

Want more? Free coffee, water, and snacks is generously provided by neighborhood merchants and all volunteers will receive a coupon from Chili Peppers Mexican Grill good for 1/2 off towards the purchase of a meal item and a drink.

Spring 2015 Cleanup dates

WHEN: Saturdays between 10am and noon.

Gloves, trash bags, and pickers are provided. School, community, and corporate groups welcome!

March 14, 2015, street cleanup on Lakeshore Boulevard with ACE Students from Collinwood High School. Meet at the Collinwood Rec Center 16300 Lakeshore Blvd. RSVP at

April 11th – Beach cleanup with students from CWRU

May 2nd – Beach cleanup with Loren Naji for Green Up Cleveland Day

May 30th – Beach cleanup with The Lakefront Literacy Project’s free Kickoff Celebration to follow

June 13th – Beach cleanup

For more information or RSVP (optional), contact: Stephen Love 216-571-0685.

Allison Lukacsy

Allison is a North Shore Collinwood resident, artist, neighborhood cheerleader, and frequent contributor to the Collinwood Observer.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 7:53 PM, 03.06.2015