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Vacant Storefronts Display Student Art

NDC students are bringing back life to vacant storefronts in South Euclid by displaying their artwork as part of the Storefront Art Initiative, a collaboration between Notre Dame College and the city.

Student artwork beautifies the vacant storefront at 1512 South Green Road.
Student artwork beautifies the vacant storefront at 1512 South Green Road.

The initiative beautifies the city’s commercial districts, offers students the opportunity to publicize their artwork, and makes vacant storefronts look more attractive to prospective tenants. The first pieces have been installed in the 1512 South Green building, located next to the South Euclid-Hillcrest United Methodist Church.

“Originally, we wanted to hang art work in city hall. This is a much more trafficked location and more people are going to see it,” Michael Love, South Euclid’s economic development coordinator, said.

The idea is that the artwork will grab the attention of potential tenants and encourage them to lease the building. “We hope it works and other store owners will want to do it also,” Love said.

The first exhibit features eight paintings by students in Notre Dame’s painting class. Future displays could include ceramics and other artwork, Rachel Morris, chair of Notre Dame’s arts and humanities division, said.

“One of our students happened to drive by when we were hanging the art. She was very excited to have her painting displayed,” Morris said. “I think parents would think this is cool, also.”  

Property owners interested in participating in the Storefront Art Initiative should contact Love at 216.691.4205 or mlove@seuclid.com.