Art classes are now available and open to the public at Lonnie Burten Recreation Center as part of the “Life Through the Arts” program. Along with general art room visiting hours, “Life Through the Arts” offers printmaking and airbrushing classes taught by artists from Kings & Queens of Art. All classes are free and open to the public. A schedule of classes is provided below.
Gwen Garth, founder of Kings & Queens of Art and Promise Neighborhood Ambassador, led the initiative to renovate and re-open the art room at Lonnie Burten as part of her involvement in an ongoing community-led effort to create more constructive and safe activities in the Central neighborhood.
“Everyone doesn’t play basketball,” Garth said. “Art is a healer and it can help heal the community. I want to create lots of activities that will excite and inspire people and get their creative juices going. I want to see a Harlem-style art renaissance here in Cleveland.”
At a recent Promise Neighborhood meeting, residents expressed the need for more options for safe and constructive activities in the neighborhood. “Life Through the Arts” classes are offered four days a week and provide a creative and fun space for children and adults.
Artists from Kings & Queens of Art are volunteering their time to teach classes at Lonnie Burten. Kings & Queens of Art is a grassroots collaboration of Artists of all disciplines with a special focus on artists from the re-entry sector: presently and/or formerly incarcerated. Kings & Queens of Art’s mission is to build a network of artists and resources to support a vibrant arts environment, in a neighborhood context. The vision of Kings & Queens of Art is to be a catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of the arts and African-American history and culture. Within the next 5 years, as a catalyst for social engagement that leads to political & spatial change, their goal is to instigate the creation of an arts and cultural community in Ward Central.
“Life Through the Arts” Hours*
All classes held in the art room at Lonnie Burten Recreation Center located at 2511 East 46 Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44104.
General art room hours: Tuesday 12 – 7 p.m.
Printmaking with Rodney Carpenter, Kings & Queens of Art artist: Wednesday 3 – 5 p.m.
Airbrushing with Augustus Turner, Kings & Queens of Art artist: Thursday 3 – 5 p.m.
Airbrushing with Augustus Turner, Kings & Queens of Art artist: Friday 3 – 5 p.m.
*As of January 23, 2017, subject to change