This week residents in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood will complete the first legal street painting project in the city of Cleveland. The name of the project is City Repair @ Newark Creek Court.
Residents will be painting the alley from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25. Newark Court is located between West 38th and West 41st streets off of Fulton Road just past St. Rocco Church.
The project began three years ago when neighbors worked together to clean up Newark Court, a 10-foot wide alley that was littered with old tires and garbage. Artist Michael Mishaga helped neighbors paint murals of trees, clouds and sky onto the fences and garages that line the alley.
They planned to paint the alley that year, too, but soon found out that street painting was not legal in the city. They didn’t give up. Instead they worked with then-councilman Joe Cimperman to get legislation passed that allows street painting in certain circumstances.
This year, with the legislation in place, they received a grant from Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, to complete the painting. Now they are ready to complete their original vision.
“It’s an exciting project that has helped new neighborhood leaders emerge while, together, we’ve shaped and formed our neighborhood,” Mishaga said of the project.