Rooms to Let: CLE

Rooms to Let: CLE

Turning Vacancy Upside Down

Rooms to Let: CLE has been working for years to transform Slavic Village houses with innovative art installations. Led by Slavic Village Development, and a committee of neighborhood stakeholders and artists, the project seeks to illuminate one of Cleveland’s most diverse and authentic neighborhoods, as it strives to strengthen a community in the midst of recovery.

It is a bittersweet conclusion for these houses, but serves as an artistic memorial.

***Due to the COVID-19 spread, we will be postponing Rooms To Let until the fall of 2020. Please stay tuned for the release of the new date. Thank you for understanding***

Artists interested in transforming spaces in vacant homes in Slavic Village will be selected by curators- the Visit Arts Collective, Dana Depew, and Shari Wilkins of the Cleveland Print Room- to convert each house room by room. Rooms to Let: CLE offers a unique opportunity for the participating artists and curators to interact with the community, bringing beauty and dialogue around the effects of the foreclosure crisis and how a neighborhood can positively evolve in the aftermath.

Never been to RTL? Here’s what to expect:

Imagine walking into a house where each room is purely unique and is filled with installations that are adapted to the space; reading poetry sep by step on the stairs, walking into a bedroom that grew into a forest, or meeting the characters of a graffiti wonderland on the kitchen walls.

In addition to touring the highly visually stimulating houses, guests can expect to explore vacant lot installations, experience live performance art and get crafty with hands on activities. Although, Rooms To Let: CLE only lasts for a weekend, the long term goal is to continue to inventively use vacant lots as spaces for public art and interaction.


Rooms To Let: CLE is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through public grants from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and The Char & Chuck Fowler Family Foundation  and in partnership with the Cuyahoga Land Bank and Ward 12 Councilman Brancatelli. Additional Sponsorship opportunities are available.


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