Neighbors in the News: E22nd Street Bridge Project Gets Media Attention

The newly repainted E22nd Street Bridge received a makeover this summer. The colorful design has the words “unite”, “racial divide” and “believe.” The bridge was painted by a group from Campus District, Promise Ambassadors and other community members. They call it the “Bridge that Bridges” because it connects the Central neighborhood to the downtown business district.

Cleveland’s News Channel 5 recently did a story about the E22nd Street Bridge and interviewed Promise Ambassadors Gwen Garth, Cordell Arellano and Delores Gray:

Community members repaint the E22nd Street Bridge (Photo courtesy of Jan Thrope)
Community members repaint the E22nd Street Bridge (Photo courtesy of Jan Thrope)

“It can bring people together…it is hard to be mad or angry, when you’re painting,” Gwen Grath, Lead Artist on the project, the ‘Bridge that Bridges.’

Unity, Justice, Togetherness are all goals of Cleveland’s campus district’s newest project that’s tackling the hot topic of race.

“We wanted to use this opportunity to have discussions about that, about structural racism about individual racism and create a mural I can connect the two and brings it back together,” said Kaela Geschke, Community Organizer from the non-profit Campus District Inc.

You can watch the story here: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/the-bridge-that-bridges-the-racial-divide-in-one-local-community