Letters to the Editor

Archwood UCC to host programs from closed YMCA

(Plain Press, November 2006) To the editor: I read the article about the closing of the Brooklyn YMCA.  A few of the services will remain in the neighborhood.  Archwood United Church of Christ will now host the before and after school program for school-aged children in area schools, saving that program for the 36 children and families enrolled.  In addition, two other groups serving youth, including the popular Tumbling program, are moving to Archwood UCC.

Rev. Dr. David Bahr, Archwood UCC

Art House Executive Director urges support for Issue 18

(Plain Press, November 2006) To the editor: I am writing to express my support for Cuyahoga County’s Issue 18 Arts and Culture.  As executive director of Art House, a small art center on Cleveland’s near West Side serving people of all ages and economic standing, I am deeply concerned about the lack of public funding for the arts in our region.  

Cuyahoga County is fortunate to have outstanding arts and cultural organizations, as well as talented artists and creative thinkers.  Our arts institutions and our creative culture are recognized as one of our greatest assets contributing $1.3 billion dollars per year to our regions economic vitality, improving our quality of life, and promoting education.  Our arts and cultural institutions provide $14 million a year in arts education to our schools, transforming the lives of our children.  Here’s what Denison School K-8 students have to say about their art experience.

“Art inspires me to do my very best.”  
“Art allows me to express myself”
“Art takes me to a new place and art will take me to college.”

Education, including the arts is crucial to helping our students discover their future.  Issue 18 will make $20 million available to help stabilize our arts and cultural organizations, as well as opportunities to award individual artists.  These funds will be distributed through a transparent grants program.  

Without public support for our artists and our arts and cultural institutions, we will loose many of our greatest assets and our region will be far less attractive.  I urge Cuyahoga County voters to join me in voting for the Issue 18 Arts & Culture, ensuring the vitality of our region.

Sheryl L. Hoffman
Executive Director
Art House


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