With the help of the Rid-All Green Partnership, the people of Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood have transformed an abandoned plot of land into one of the city's most vibrant urban farms. The oasis is a truly local endeavor. The compost that grows the fruits and veggies is made of coffee grounds from area cafes, discarded scraps from local food banks, and wood chips from Cleveland's forestry department. In addition to the greenhouses and hoop-houses that characterize the lot, Ridall has also set up a local fishery that aquafarms tilapias.
During the day, huge skylights cast a glow over Zelma Watson-George Roller Skating Facility's big, bright, festive rink; in the evenings, glow sticks and other fun accessories light up the crowd as kids and families roll by. Most days, contemporary hip hop and R&B provide the soundtrack, although occasional themed skates turn over the sound system to the likes of Michael Jackson. The center's cafe helps skaters recharge with wings, pizza, hotdogs, and cotton candy, and the arcade bleeps and buzzes with both video games and redemption games spooling out tickets that can be exchanged for prizes or added to an investment portfolio.
A Cleveland institution since 1968, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a major producer of original exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as a supporter of nascent area artists through its PULSE and Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series. Current exhibitions include Seth Rosenberg: The Cleveland Years, a collection of abstract paintings that incorporates old scientific illustrations and references to Social Realism in the 1930s, much like early drafts of the script for According to Jim: The Movie.