For over 100 years, the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights has served as a diverse educational and gathering spot for our community. We are launching a “$100,000 for 100 years” fundraising campaign to support the Coventry Peace Campus Project to build on this tradition and provide stability for this corner for another 100 years.
[T]he integration of the Library and the arts campus and the business district is unique, exciting and visionary. I think we need to all work really hard to morally and financially support the vision because . . . it’s really what Cleveland Heights is all about.
In October, Coventry PEACE, Inc. (CPC) reached an agreement with Heights Library and signed a 15-month lease on the former Coventry school building, which has been home to arts, education and community service non-profits for more than a decade. This agreement includes a path towards a 99-year lease. The terms of the lease are challenging. In addition to covering all of the costs of the building, CPC is expected to pay escalating rent over the next 10 years, while also funding capital improvement.
Our current tenants’ rent covers the cost of utilities and minor maintenance. Your contributions will allow us to continue to attract creative partner organizations by keeping rents as low as possible and to maintain the building for safety, comfort, and efficiency.
This is an exciting project that is gaining momentum. We have added two new tenants and two new board members since signing the lease. We are actively seeking more board members and look forward to the new ideas and expertise they will bring to the project.
Help us establish the Coventry PEACE Campus as the first arts and education center in Cleveland Heights which is known as the “Home to the Arts.” Please consider giving today by sending a check, or donating online.
Coventry PEACE, Inc. is an independent organization whose mission is to create and maintain a robust arts and culture center by supporting the tenants through affordable rent and special programming. The current tenants that CPC represents are: Ensemble Theatre, ARTFUL, Lake Erie Ink, FutureHeights, Reaching Heights, Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, Building Bridges Arts Collaborative and Cleveland Arts Prize-winning artist Robin VanLear. Coventry PEACE, Inc. was founded by community residents in the 1990s to build and maintain the PEACE Playground, and in 2017 its mission was expanded to pursue the vision of an integrated campus where everyone can “create, show, learn and grow.” By evolving the Coventry PEACE, Inc. mission, the organization will have the capacity to build a unique arts, education, recreation and community service hub that is even greater than the sum of its parts. The anchor tenants, Ensemble Theatre and ARTFUL, will lead this effort.
Thousands of people benefit annually from the programs and services that the Coventry tenants provide. Having them clustered in one building which is so close to the Library creates a vibrant extended campus that intensifies a sense of community.
Mail a Donation.
Please make checks payable to Coventry PEACE, Inc. and mail to:
Coventry PEACE, Inc.
c/o Krista Hawthorne
2843 Washington Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we extend to you our deepest gratitude.
As citizens, we have a responsibility to do what we think is right. This gives us an opportunity to contribute even more to the vitality of the Coventry neighborhood, the business district, and to the rest of the city.
The [Coventry Peace] Campus is on its way to becoming a jewel of Cleveland Heights . . . I think that anchoring the Library and Coventry Village with a vibrant arts and community center has a profound positive effect on Cleveland Heights overall.
Our governments and institutions aren’t able to step up right now, so it is up to organizations with good hearts and vision to do what they can.
The arts organizations act as a magnet for community involvement and they enhance our living experience and act to attract and retain residents in Cleveland Heights.
For the past 55 years, from homes on Overlook and Edgehill and Berkshire Roads, we have circled the vibrant corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard. We have benefitted from shows at Ensemble Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, and books introduced by authors. Our three children attended the former elementary school and our grandchildren have enjoyed their easy first sledding hill and climbing the “castle” on the playground. So we have supported the Coventry Peace Park and the organizations in the former elementary school now called the Coventry PEACE Campus with our time, “sweat equity”, and money. We invite you to do the same to help sustain this community arts and education center so we can all continue to enjoy the opportunities this special corner of Cleveland Heights offers!