Cleveland Creatives: Voices of CLE

From fashions to film, portraiture to poetry, Cleveland's independent artists cultivate beauty, taste and meaning for all to enjoy

The first time Stina Aleah tried her hand at art, she was recovering from an injury that temporarily derailed her decorated track and field career. She left corporate America to chase her passion and became a successful artist and entrepreneur, to the surprise of no one. While she usually prefers to work on her own, she was moved to step out of her comfort zone and engage with Cleveland’s artist community by the #VoicesofCLE project, and the hope that she could make a difference for her son.

Education is what Jerome T. White is all about. Whether it’s his year of studying art culminating in a Master’s in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University, or his return to his alma mater at Cleveland Heights High School where he has taught art for close to 25 years, sharing his passion and love of art with others is an essential part of his life.

A graduate of Cleveland School of the Arts, artist and muralist Rashaun Dillard knows the power and importance of using art as a platform for messages of hope and change. “I’d like to use my art to share the message of unity, our community experiencing tough times yet coming together in the aftermath to promote a change that we can use to teach and heal each other."

Lauren Pearce pulls inspiration from her community to create powerful art, including murals that feature iconic shapes and colors that captivate anyone walking by. She has a passion for expressing her identity, which led her to art school at a young age. At 24, she began her professional career as an artist, where she uses an array of materials in her work and transfers her world and her imagination to her paintings through the use of the colorful language of identity, race and womanhood.

Glen Infante (21st Century) by Wil LindseyDestination Cleveland

Glen Infante

Already a celebrated mural artist (you may have seen his Ohio City mural of Prince holding a donut), Glen Infante was commissioned by Browns star Myles Garrett to create “Cleveland is the Reason” as part of the #VoicesofCLE project.

Rashaun Dillard - Mural, Rashaun Dillard, 21st Century, From the collection of: Destination Cleveland
Stina Aleah - Mural, MetroHealth, 21st Century, From the collection of: Destination Cleveland
Glen Infante Mural, @k_pagan, 21st Century, From the collection of: Destination Cleveland
Jerome T. White Mural, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, 21st Century, From the collection of: Destination Cleveland
Voices of CLE Mural "Let Me Rise", Cleveland Chick, 21st Century, From the collection of: Destination Cleveland
Voices of CLE Mural "Vote", Morgan J. Perez, 21st Century, From the collection of: Destination Cleveland
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Head to the #VoicesofCLE Public Art Project website for more information on #VoicesofCLE artists and information on where their work is currently installed, or discover more expressions of Black culture throughout The Land. And if you’re looking for more bold, vibrant Street Art, you’ve come to the right city. Check out some of the amazing murals you can find all around Cleveland.

Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (21st Century) by Destination ClevelandDestination Cleveland

Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist talks about the Cleveland he knows and loves, its hip-hop history and his Spread the Love Foundation’s work to give back to the community and bring the next generation into the music business.

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