NBC's WKYC TV3 TO AIR TV PREMIERE OF "MOVERS & MAKERS WITH SUSIE FRAZIER"
March 5, 2017 - WKYC TV, an NBC-affiliated station located in Cleveland, OH has announced it will air the premiere of Susie Frazier's TV concept, Movers & Makers. On a mission to advance the maker economy and place greater value on creativity, handcrafted design, and hyperlocal manufacturing, the show will leverage the personality and ideas that come out of Susie's art, furniture and design company to showcase how she collaborates with local makers to execute her plans. The show will air on Saturday, March 25th at 7 pm, with the intent to develop a full series with an appropriate network partner.
NRP GROUP TEAMS UP WITH DESIGNER SUSIE FRAZIER TO STAGE MODEL APARTMENT WITH WELLNESS IN MIND
January 23, 2017 - The NRP Group, one of the top multifamily developers in the nation, has brought on Susie Frazier, a highly recognized artist and designer, to take a unconventional approach in the styling of its two-bedroom model suite inside The Edison at Gordon Square. Working from her Reflective Design platform, comprised of six principles that she asserts foster greater well-being in the home, Susie designed and curated a mindful space filled with custom furniture, wall features, fine art and accessories that were handcrafted by over a dozen local makers. Prioritizing imperfect natural elements, organic textures, soulful earth tones, and reclaimed steel and wood sourced from nearby environments, Susie presented a modern Zen sanctuary steeped in vernacular design. Beginning on Monday, January 23rd 2017, visitors can tour this calm-inducing model and learn how they can order any of the Cleveland-made features found inside. Read the full release here.
RECYCLED TEMPERED GLASS WALL FEATURE UNVEILED AT ENTERTAINING BY DESIGN
November 4, 2016 - When interior design firms Blulens and Dawn Cook Design enlisted Susie Frazier to come up with a wall feature to fit her "Northern Lights" themed tablescape at Cleveland's Entertaining By Design event, she decided to team up with Steve Leech of Shortline Glass. Together they developed a floating composition made from a discarded shower door (recycled tempered glass). The result was an installation that both reflected light and cast beautiful shadows onto the wall behind. This piece can currently be found inside the designers' showroom. Contact email@example.com for more info.
SUSIE FRAZIER DESIGNS CUSTOM COMMUNITY BOARD FOR ORANGETHEORY FITNESS CLEVELAND
October 18, 2016 - One of the newest Orangetheory locations was looking for a solution to cleaning up the collateral clutter in their fitness studios, so they enlisted the help of designer Susie Frazier to develop a wall system for displaying community announcements and stacks of fliers. Susie designed a proprietary magnet system in which orange magnetic ledges made out of sustainably harvested wood could be repositioned along angled steel shelves to display the ever changing supply of post cards and business cards. In addition, she worked with her fabricators to have dozens of custom magnets made that look just like company's "splat" logo, as a tool for holding posters and fliers on the vertical portion of the panel. See more photos.
SUSIE FRAZIER TEAMS UP WITH LULULEMON CLEVELAND
September 28, 2016 - Engaging with one of her community allies, Lululemon, Susie Frazier hosted an exclusive Shopping Night at their Crocker Park location in Westlake, OH on Thursday, October 27th from 6 - 9 pm. During the evening, Susie featured her newest set of magnetic Intention Blocks as well as several other signature products alongside various seasonal collections from Lululemon. In preparation for the event, Susie and her team covered the store's rusted metal facade with her magnetic words, each engraved with an action verb for living life on purpose. See the video of how they did it here.
SUSIE FRAZIER TO HOST LOCAL INDUSTRY NIGHT ON 9/16 FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS
August 19, 2016 - For any professional working to enhance built environments, Susie Frazier will be hosting a meet and greet Industry Night on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at her showroom located in Cleveland's Gordon Square Arts District. During the event, Susie will share brief remarks about the growing biophilic design movement, showcase new custom products, and offer complimentary drinks and apps. Afterwards, attendees are free to explore 45+ galleries and studios throughout the rest of building for the monthly THIRD FRIDAY art walk at 78th Street Studios.
DESIGNER SUSIE FRAZIER PARTNERS WITH PROMINENT BRAND + TALENT / NATURE-INSPIRED ART, HOME AND GIFTS BRAND TO EXPAND GLOBALLY
June 21, 2016 - Pioneering artist, designer and visionary, Susie Frazier, has partnered with PROMINENT Brand + Talent for brand marketing and licensing representation. The group announced today that Frazier’s earthminded lifestyle brand featuring materials, textures and patterns distilled from nature and honed over the past 20 years, will expand into new markets through the partnership. To help in kicking-off the relationship, Frazier’s brand will be featured at the upcoming Global Licensing Expo being held June 21 to 23 in Las Vegas.
Michael Catalano, Dan Levin and the team from PROMINENT Brand + Talent have already created a marketing relationship on Frazier’s behalf with Mont Surfaces, the largest supplier of natural stone, engineered quartz and porcelain slabs in the Midwest, as well as Bridgeman Images, the world’s leading specialist in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media for reproduction. Other exciting projects they have in development include Frazier’s first book, a TV concept and additional licensing opportunities that will be announced soon. Read More
SUSIE FRAZIER PARTNERS WITH MONT SURFACES TO INSPIRE PERSONAL RENEWAL THROUGH HOME IMPROVEMENT
June 13, 2016 – Mont Surfaces, one of the largest suppliers of fine surface materials in the Midwest, and Susie Frazier, a highly recognized Cleveland artist and designer of Earthminded Style®, today announced a new strategic partnership based upon a shared vision of wellness through reflective design. By combining Mont’s expertise in innovative trends and fine surface materials with Susie’s talent and design-centered connection to nature, they plan to empower consumers to awaken their individuality through their own home improvements. Read More...
SHERWIN WILLIAMS COMMISSIONS SUSIE FRAZIER TO CREATE ARTWORK FOR NEW CEO
June 9, 2016 – As the new CEO, John Morikis, settled into the top office at Sherwin Williams, Susie was chosen to create a custom piece of art for his personal office. Suggesting that she use WoodScapes® Exterior Acrylic Solid Color House Stain by the 150 year old company, sustainably harvested wood, and a lot of graphic design planning, Susie created a strong, multidimensional, geometric piece that complemented the contemporary style of their new leader. See Photos
SUSIE FRAZIER INSTALLS FOUR WALL FEATURES INSIDE THE NEW HILTON DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND
May 26, 2016 - Cleveland's newest skyscraper, The Hilton Downtown Cleveland, offers stunning views of the city and Lake Erie, especially from the Rockefeller Suites on the top four floors. Here in the most opulent suites, guests will also see the free-form, floating artwork of Susie Frazier, based on organic patterns found in the natural world. Hilton Hotels enlisted the services of Kalisher, a global hospitality artwork leader owned and run by artists, to select the 2D and 3D art for the entire property. See Photos...
BAKER HOSTETLER COMMISSIONS CUSTOM WALL FEATURE BY SUSIE FRAZIER
February 3, 2016 - Providing her most complex design to date, Susie Frazier, installed a nature-inspired wall feature inside the new headquarters for Baker Hostetler, the 35th largest law firm in the U.S. With 207 crescent-shaped wood pieces and stainless steel standoffs, the design was based on murmuration patterns in starling birds as a metaphor for individuals working as a collective. Ranked as one of the Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News & World Report and employing over 900 employees, Baker Hostetler enlisted the services of Art Source and Gray Haus Studio to outfit their new offices in Cleveland's Key Tower with a permanent art collection. The mission was to enhance the work environment with two and three-dimensional pieces that foster creativity and evoke curiosity and conversation. "My designs are based on patterns in the natural world that innately provide a sense of order for the human brain. As part of the biophylic design movement in architecture and built environments, we know this type of artwork has an enormous effect on reducing anxiety, and fostering overall wellness, and who doesn't need a dose of that in the workplace?" See Photos...
CLEVELAND CLINIC COMMISSIONS SUSIE FRAZIER TO DESIGN 100 GIFTS FOR GLOBAL DIGNITARIES
October 25, 2015 - More than 1,700 health care professionals, representing 20 countries, descended upon Cleveland for the 13th Annual Medical Innovation Summit to discuss the future of neurosciences and the overall state of healthcare innovation. Planners provided each of the 100 presenting speakers with a memorable thank you gift designed by Cleveland artist Susie Frazier. Her Magnetic Play Puzzles, meant to soothe the mind as well as stimulate creativity, also served as sophisticated photo frames. Inspired by biomimetic patterns found in nature, Susie developed an intricate composition of 46 wooden shapes embedded with high energy magnets that assemble on a steel panel to form the human brain, complete with the Cleveland Clinic logo. Made with all natural wood and salvaged steel from Cleveland's manufacturing industry, each tabletop accessory was meant to be rearranged into patterns as unique as the person who received it. "I have never been so obsessed with an object given to me as an award or gift from speaking," said Dr. Joan Fallon, the Founder and CEO of Curemark, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of neurological diseases like Autism, ADHD, and Parkinson's. "Susie's artwork is so beautiful and ingenious in so many ways -- the magnetic aspect and the positive and negative relief. All so fitting and amazing for an innovation conference gift." See Photos...
SUSIE FRAZIER TEAMS UP WITH HOUSETRENDS MAGAZINE TO PRESENT INTERIOR DESIGN TRUNK SHOW IN CLEVELAND
September 25, 2015 - Susie Frazier has participated in many design shows over the years, most of which were limited to the trade and only featured art as an afterthought to fill a blank wall. Over 18 months ago, she set out to change that when she began talks with the publisher of Housetrends Magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers. Her goal was to invent a new type of show that placed a greater emphasis on the creative aspect of interior design. "By featuring completely staged rooms in which everything was available for sale, I felt it would drive consumer behavior and educate the public about the benefits of decorating around a high quality piece of art," said Frazier. On Friday September 18th, Art Wine & Design took place inside Cleveland's 78th Street Studios, where fifteen design firms featured installations complete with furniture, flooring, lighting, and accessories. "We do shows all over the country, and we couldn't believe how many qualified leads we generated from Art, Wine & Design - more than some big trade shows we do annually," said Carol Payto, Director of Marketing for Mont Granite. Read More...
SHERWIN WILLIAMS COMMISSIONS SUSIE FRAZIER TO CREATE ART FOR R&D HEADQUARTERS
August 21, 2015 - Executives at The Sherwin Williams Co contacted Susie to help them create a feature wall that would encourage interaction and conversation among employees inside the R&D offices at their Breen Technology Center in Cleveland. What she came up with was a concept inspired by the molecular structure of pigment. When scientists plot out what pigment looks like at a microscopic level, each molecule is represented by a hexagon shape and letters that represent specific elements. Using materials from Cleveland's manufacturing industry, Susie designed and installed close to 50 custom hexagon tiles made out of hot rolled steel. Then over 200 wooden hexagon shapes were laser cut, painted with select Sherwin Williams colors, engraved with letters, and embedded with high energy magnets. The end result was a playful magnet wall in which visitors could create "molecular chains" to spell out phrases. The collection also included several pre-made words as a way to reinforce company values. "I absolutely love it," said Diane Strongosky, Sr. VP of Research & Development, Global Supply Chain. "It's doing exactly what I wanted outside of my office -- inspiring our people to connect, laugh, and interact more. They're having lots of fun leaving messages for each other with the magnets." See Photos...
SUSIE FRAZIER CREATES TERRAZZO FLOOR FOR NEW GREATER CLEVELAND RTA RAPID STATION
August 10, 2015 - The new $15 million Little Italy-University Circle rapid transit station is scheduled to open after public art elements like Susie Frazier's terrazzo floor design are installed. "Flusso," an Italian word that means "flow," is the title of her composition, which visually will point pedestrians towards the head station and out towards the sidewalks. The concept was inspired by swarming behavior in the natural world. Whether it's the flocking of birds, schooling of fish or herding of mammals, studies across different species have shown that staying in swarms is a calming mechanism for animals. Humans also show signs of swarm behavior especially when moving through transit environments. "Such projects deserve to be celebrated not just because they might impress out-of-town visitors, but more fundamentally because they improve life for residents and have the potential to hasten a virtuous cycle of growth," said Steven Litt, architecture critic at The Plain Dealer. "The underlying message, regardless of how one interprets the new station design, is that transit can bring delight to city living," See Photos...
PUBLISHER OF ORGANIC SPA MAGAZINE COMMISSIONS SUSIE FRAZIER TO CREATE ART FOR PRIVATE HOME
June 16, 2015 - This month, Susie finished a year-long commission for the publisher of Organic Spa Magazine, which included two 55" x 17" pieces for her master bedroom and one 48" x 32" piece for her living room. The collection was made using a technique called encaustic assemblage, where Susie embedded actual grass, bamboo and driftwood from nearby landscapes into archival encaustic wax to create Zen-like compositions. "After spending some time with the new pieces, I can't believe how perfect they are. Love them!!" said Bev Maloney-Fischback, who owns many works of art by national and international artists. "We continue to receive compliments on Susie's work whenever we have visitors to our home." See Photos...
SUSIE FRAZIER DESIGNS CONSTRUCTION BARRICADE BANNER FOR NEW DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND VISITOR CENTER
February 10, 2015 - When Destination Cleveland, Cuyahoga County's convention and visitor's bureau, expanded their downtown headquarters to include a new street level Visitors Center, they wanted to beautify the plywood enclosure around the entrance during construction. So, they enlisted the help of designer Susie Frazier who's known as a patternist, a public artist, a designer, and a city champion. What she came up with was an agency-style, 60-foot, vinyl banner that kept within the voice and identity of the current Destination Cleveland brand campaign but featured a clever tagline and graphic element that was symbolic of the evolution of Cleveland. "We were looking for a low-cost/high-impact solution that could both educate and inspire the public about what's coming," said Hannah Fritzman Belsito, VP of Destination Development and Community Affairs. "Words cannot express our gratitude for what Susie designed. The very large barricade impacted the pedestrian experience, but Susie's piece added new vibrancy, energy and creativity." See Photos...
SUSIE FRAZIER AND RUSTBELT RECLAMATION WIN BEST OF THE BEST AWARD AT NY NOW
August 18, 2014 - Two innovators from Cleveland's sustainable design industry have teamed up to present their product lines at NY NOW, one of the nation's most prominent buyer's markets for home furnishings, lifestyle gifts, and housewares. Rustbelt Reclamation, a manufacturer of custom furniture and Susie Frazier, a designer of home accents and gifts, both make their products from reclaimed wood sourced from Northeast Ohio. Although they exhibited under the umbrella of the Rustbelt brand, Susie collaborated with the team to design the booth in a way that would showcase both their furniture and her home accessories. Their collective products and display caught the eye of the NY Metro Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers, whose representative judges awarded them with a "Best of the Best" distinction in the Social Responsibility/Ecological Sensitivity category. Out of hundreds of HOME Collection exhibitors, ASID only recognizes seven exhibitors who display superlative home product design. Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER FINISHES COMMISSION FOR CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY'S WEATHERHEAD SCHOOL
July 7, 2014 - Inside The Fowler Center For Business at Case's Weatherhead School of Management, visitors can find this newly installed triptych created by eco-artist and designer Susie Frazier. Each piece, made with encaustic wax and natural materials she collected represents the foundational business practice of embedded sustainability, a core value taught at The Fowler Center. Measuring 20" x 48" x 2.5" each, the set features real driftwood, meadow grass and palm paddles. Images of Frazier's work can also be found on the school's web site, where Fowler Center Projects are featured.
SUSIE FRAZIER CREATES ART FOR NEW WESTIN HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND
May 15, 2014 - LAND studio, a public art and urban planning agency in Cleveland, was engaged by the Denver-based Sage Hospitality to curate and install more than 1,500 pieces of artwork for its Downtown Cleveland Westin Hotel, a new 484-room property scheduled to open this month. LAND studio and partners were charged with identifying artwork that drew on the region’s rich industrial heritage and Cleveland’s distinctive natural landscape to create the exciting feel of reinvention. While more than 145 original works were selected by all Cleveland area artists, Susie Frazier's photographic encaustic installation, titled "Revolve" was one of only seven public area artworks that were commissioned specifically for the hotel. Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER'S ECO-ART FEATURED AT SOUTHWEST GENERAL HEALTH CENTERJanuary 1, 2014 - In the construction of their new building, Southwest General in Middleburg Heights, Ohio was seeking to convey a vision of calm and healing through art that would hang in its corridors. Art Consultants Christy Gray and Eileen Roth led the effort to acquire the work and commissioned Susie to develop a set for one of the common areas. "What we love about Susie's work is that she makes a direct correlation between the natural materials she collects and the mental soothing that comes from their orderly patterns." explained Gray. "Our client wanted nature-based work from Cleveland artists, so we thought of Susie immediately." Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER CREATES CORPORATE GIFT FOR A CHAMPION OF SUSTAINABILITY
July, 2013 - The CEO of Fairmount Minerals, one of the nation's largest producers of industrial sand used around the world in windshields, water filtration plants, and hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry, retired this month. As a surprise gift in honor of his retirement, Susie was commissioned to create a custom piece of art, using actual sand that came from several Fairmount Minerals sites. "My wife and I have been a fan of Susie's work for a long time, so this was quite a special gift," said Chuck Fowler who was also one of the founders behind Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 campaign. Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER EXPANDS HER PRESENCE INSIDE CLEVELAND'S 78TH STREET STUDIOS
May 15, 2013 - For the past three months, Susie Frazier has designed and managed the buildout of her new retail showroom inside 78th Street Studios, Northeast Ohio's largest art and design complex. What started as a simple retail expansion to showcase more of her products evolved into a multidimensional development project that involved attracting a restaurant across the hall and renovating several common areas leading to her space. The facade on her front entrance is a bold, floor-to-ceiling cladding of reclaimed wood, which is the same material used in the manufacturing of many of her products. Inside is a sliding barn door to another room that she designed out of the same salvaged material. Other reclaimed elements include a live edge wood counter made from a fallen maple tree and a magnetic wall made out of scrap steel from Cleveland's manufacturing sector. Across the hall, Susie secured a restaurant partner in Spice Kitchen & Bar, who during the THIRD FRIDAY art walks uses cafe tables she designed out of old industrial cable spools. "I couldn't be happier with Susie's vision for her space as a destination within our property," said Dan Bush, owner of 78th Street Studios. "Her high-quality aesthetic, attention to detail, and commitment to creating an authentic and memorable visitor experience has been transformative for our building. Everybody who visits this building remembers her space." Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER CREATES ART FOR PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER, TRAVIS HAFNER
February 12, 2012 - Every now and then, interior designers take on a project that begs for something different. In the home of Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter,Travis Hafner, Natalie Matteucci of Matteucci Interiors knew exactly what to propose: fragments of driftwood meandering across the wall like branches of a tree. She approached Susie, who suggested a design that involved the careful joining of over 30 different logs found on the shores of Lake Erie. To give the installation the illusion that it was floating off the wall, Susie used 2" stainless steel standoffs to mount the sculpture. Not only did this hardware provide the reliable engineering needed for attachment and a nice complement to the metal sconces on either side, but they also allowed for interesting shadows to cast on the walls behind the wood, no matter what time of day. "The Hafner home was a huge project, and it was such a relief to work with Susie because I knew she understood what I was envisioning and could execute it with high-standards," said Natalie. "The end result was more beautiful than we anticipated. Amy and Travis just love it!"
NORDSON CORPORATION ADDS A SUSIE FRAZIER ORIGINAL TO ITS CORPORATE ART COLLECTION
January 12, 2012 - Nordson, the multinational corporation that designs and manufactures, dispensing equipment for adhesives, sealants and coatings, recently selected a 78" long grass piece of Susie's to grace the walls of inside of their Ohio headquarters. The encaustic assemblage piece titled, "Meander" was made by placing hundreds of cut grass stalks into hot wax to form a rhythmic composition indicative of Ohio meadow grass patterns after the winter snow has melted. The piece was previously featured in the PNC Smart Home exhibit at the Cleveland's Natural History Museum where the company's art agent previously saw it.
PNC SMART HOME EXHIBIT FEATURES GREEN FURNITURE AND ART BY SUSIE FRAZIER
June 6, 2011 - PNC SmartHome Cleveland was a real house constructed on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Climate Change. The home was designed using the Passive House methodology, the world’s most advanced standard of energy performance. It featured sustainable materials, advanced stormwater techniques, healthy housing techniques and biophilic design to connect occupants to nature. Additionally, the home featured eco-friendly furniture, lighting and fine art created by Susie Frazier, one of Cleveland's most prominent designers of sustainable home accents. The SmartHome was open for guided tours June-October 2011. Then it was moved to a vacant lot nearby and sold to a family, becoming a permanent investment in a Cleveland neighborhood. Learn More...
CLEVELAND VA MEDICAL CENTER COMMISSIONS 25 ARTWORKS FROM SUSIE FRAZIER FOR NEW BUILDING
January 20, 2010 - When people connect with nature, healing begins. That's been Susie Frazier's guiding principles as an artist and designer for the past thirteen years. Now scientific research on this topic is inspiring hospitals across the country to consider the same. The design team working on the new Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center expansion, a $500 million project in University Circle, wasted no time acting on this news, commissioning Susie Frazier to design 25 pieces of organic eco-art that bring a little bit of the outside to the inside. The collection included two dozen 12" x 12" pieces for the Radiology Department's treatment corridors as well as one 48" x 18" piece for the Radiology waiting room (shown here). Each original piece of art was made using real botanicals from forests, beaches and desert environments that were layered with encaustic wax into mesmerizing compositions. "I believe in the effectiveness of nature's patterns as a calming mechanism for the mind, particularly as I've healed from my own life traumas," said Susie. "It was a privilege to create a collection that was intended for this purpose, so that others going through difficult health challenges could have the opportunity to feel similar benefits."
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SUSIE FRAZIER'S PUBLIC ART DESIGNS FOR CLEVELAND'S GORDON SQUARE ARTS DISTRICT
August 20, 2009 - Fifteen city blocks in the Gordon Square Arts District between W. 58th and W. 73rd streets are about to experience a $3.5 million facelift that includes a repaved street, wider sidewalks, buried utility wires, new light fixtures, enhanced landscaping and approximately $250,000 worth of infrastructural public art designed by Cleveland artist, Susie Frazier. In addition to 27 curved, backless concrete benches that light up underneath, and hundreds of pre-cast pavers that were sandblasted with rhythmic patterns from the Lake Erie shoreline, Susie designed the one of the most complicated crosswalk patterns in the United States. That's because her tree grain design, inspired by the Forest City in which she lives, could only be constructed using state of the art technology and precise attention to detail both in the fabrication and the installation of the job. Susie's design required the laser cutting of 30,000 custom colored concrete pavers that had to be assembled like sections of a puzzle before being shipped to the job site to be carefully placed in field of interlocking pavers. Planners liked the design so much, they agreed to Susie's suggestion of using the inner "knot" to become the logo for the entire district. Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER TO HELP LAUNCH ARTIST AS ENTREPRENEUR INSTITUTE IN SOUTH FLORIDA
May 8, 2007 - Susie Frazier has been invited to South Florida by Broward County Commission's Cultural Division to kick off their inaugural Artist as Entrpreneuer Institute (AEI) in June. As one of the founding faculty members for the original program based in Cleveland, Frazier offers a wide range of expertise to Broward attendees including tips on breaking through psychological barriers, tailoring your marketing tactics, and generating multiple sources of revenue. Designed to help artists cultivate their business skills, the AEI course curriculum covers all aspects of developing a successful enterprise, including developing a personal brand, communication strategies, raising capital, and legal protection. "Artists are the most important ingredient for a creative economy and healthy cultural ecosystem," says Mary A. Becht, Cultural Division director. "The Cultural Division, ArtServe Inc, and the Community Partnership For Arts & Culture in Cleveland, in partnership, are investing in the professional development of our artists." Read More...
SUSIE FRAZIER'S SPARX IN THE CITY PROGRAM GENERATES $3.6 MILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT, GETS ACQUIRED BY DCA
February 8, 2007 - Sparx in the City, a downtown initiative launched in 2002 by artist Susie Frazier, was created to promote the street-level art and music experience of Cleveland. It started as a volunteer-based experiment, and in four years became a national model, earning a City Livability Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. By 2006, Susie had raised enough resources to produce 28 free summer concerts throughout the sidewalks of downtown and execute the largest art walk in Ohio connecting 80 different fine arts retailers, studio artists, and outdoor festivals. Last year's corporate, media and community partnerships alone were valued at over half a million dollars. According to a 2006 study by Team NEO and Cypress Research, the art walk portion generated an overall economic impact of $3.6 million for Cuyahoga County. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance, one of the program's lead sponsors, announced today that in recognition of the program becoming a key initiative fitting in perfectly with its mission to create a more vibrant and dynamic downtown, the DCA will assume management responsibilities for Sparx going forward. After Susie transitions the program to new management, she plans to redirect her attention on her growing art business. Read More...