Ring of Friendship

Mayor Michael White imprints his hands in cement for the Ring of Friendship Public Art Project.
New Mill Creek homeowners and residents of the neighborhood put their hands in cement for the Ring of Friendship Project.
Ty McBee of East Ohio Gas presents the Neighborhood Enrichment Award for the Mill Creek Development to Tony Brancatelli of the Broadway Area Housing Coalition.
New and old residents join hands for the last song by the Prayer Warriors at the Mill Creek Labor Day concert.

The Mill Creek housing development is the site of several public art projects for the community which are being funded by the Ohio Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Mill Creek Development. Working with the Committee for Public Art and a project advisory committee, Broadway Area Housing Coalition and Zaremba Cleveland Communities selected three Cleveland-area artists to create public art pieces. The three artists are Eva Kwong, Michael Loderstedt and Holly Morrison.

The first project was the design of the town square and a gazebo structure for community gatherings. Working with Mill Creek's architect, Mike Caito, the artists designed a unique land formation to embrace the gazebo structure and to provide an interesting space for visitors' interaction.

The second project is a Ring of Friendship, which will be comprised of approximately 800 one foot-square terra cotta-colored cement tiles with handprints of Mill Creek buyers, Warner-Turney residents, Miles Park Elementary School students and people who have been instrumental in making the development happen. The project will take about four years to complete, with the tiles being created at events held at the square.

The first handprint tiles were created at the June 12, 1997 Dedication Ceremonies. Some of the individuals who left their print on Mill Creek were: Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White, Community Development Director Terri Hamilton, current Clerk of Courts and former Ward 2 Councilman Earle B. Turner, current Ward 2 Councilman Robert White, Mill Creek architect Paul Volpe, Mill Creek developer Nathan Zaremba, Comptroller of the Currency Eugene Ludwig, Key Bank and National City Bank Officials, Broadway Area Housing Coalition staff Tony Brancatelli and Bobbi Reichtell, and Broadway Area Housing Coalition Board President Thomas Hawn. To find out about future events at the Mill Creek Square, call Bobbi Reichtell at 429-1182.