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Your generous support is critical to the success of all our community events.

SAVE OUR ARTS, CULTURE & EDUCATION CENTER

Nine of the 12 organizations housed here are at risk of being forced to leave at the end of this year. If you believe in the Coventry PEACE Campus Project, and the organizations we support, please add your name to our supporters list, complete our landlord’s survey and sign up for our emails. Help us in our effort to establish a permanent Arts, Culture and Education Center – help us “KEEP THE P.E.A.C.E.”.

Recent Updates

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Statement ::: July 2024

We continue to maintain support for all community-serving organizations. While we feel that the public narrative has been incomplete and potentially misleading, we have chosen not to engage in a public dispute out of respect for all community-serving organizations, including the Libraries. Our priority remains fostering support for these vital community resources.

We will work towards a reasonable outcome that benefits all involved. We remain committed to our vision and the project that the community has supported for seven years—an arts and education hub in the heart of the Heights. We also remain focused on our individual missions and continue to build upon each of our thriving organizations. Our goal is to continue to carry out those missions at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Building. We are solution-focused, and we hope to work with anyone who shares that vision and will collaborate with us in a spirit of cooperation and transparency to find solutions and options with a mindset toward problem-solving.

We aim to support the Library while preserving the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Building. We value the Library's significant contributions to our community, including the renovation and expansion of the Noble Branch Library, as well as the park and playground at Coventry. We also champion the transformative impact of our arts, culture, and education center, currently home to a dozen local and regional nonprofits. Recognizing the Library's shift away from landlord responsibilities, Coventry P.E.A.C.E. seeks collaborative solutions with stakeholders to secure the building's future as a vital part of the Coventry Village neighborhood. We believe maintaining this property aligns with community desires, as evidenced by past studies and environmental sustainability principles embraced by many in our community. For those of us who live here, work here, or visit here, we are fortunate that Cleveland Heights embraces such rich cultural and educational resources.

Time is pressing. Despite our preference for 18-month extensions with a 12% rent increase, we were only offered six-month leases, leaving us with no choice but to sign these short-term agreements or face vacating the building by the end of last month. There could be a month-to-month option after these short leases expire. However, the Library has indicated they could give us 60 days’ notice as early as November, making December 31st potentially our last day in the building.

The looming closure and/or demolition of the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Building would be devastating for our community. The resulting disbursement of our co-located nonprofits would be an enormous loss of and a burden on community resources. All of the benefits that come with being co-located would vanish—like the ways in which we are better able to cross-promote and partner on the 40+ free programs our organizations host (or participate in), both individually and as a group. We urgently need to collaborate to find a viable path forward that maintains stability for our organizations, preserves our co-location benefits, and continues our impactful community programs.

[If anyone is interested in reading more about the benefits of nonprofit co-location and social purpose real estate, you can read more about this on our website.]

Contrary to the Library’s claims, the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Project has consistently demonstrated financial sustainability and we have a proven track record of creating and maintaining affordable, accessible spaces. Coventry P.E.A.C.E. aims to provide sustainable, supportive, and collaborative facility and event management for local nonprofits by leveraging the benefits of co-location. P.E.A.C.E. stands for People Enhancing A Community’s Environment. We managed the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. building successfully for two years and were able to add tenants during the Covid pandemic. At the conclusion of our master-lease we had accumulated a significant surplus in funds including $40,000 in utility overpayments the Library had to return to Coventry P.E.A.C.E., Inc.

We want to share some facts with you. There have been a lot of numbers thrown around lately, and we know it is difficult for the public to make heads or tails of what they mean. For some community members, a decision like this comes down to only numbers, and for others there is an immeasurable social benefit cost that is of greatest importance. We believe those concepts are not mutually exclusive. What we know is…

  1. Financial sustainability & capital expenses. Rent paid to the Library has averaged about $18,000 more per year than standard operating costs of the building. With the recent increase in tenancy, and with further occupancy growth, the building will continue to do better than break-even and begin to build a substantial reserve fund for capital improvements that can be combined with grants, traditional financing, and capital campaigns to update the building in phases and achieve significant environmental improvements.
  2. We have shown ourselves to be competent & responsible. Our organizations have always lived up to our responsibilities, absorbed every rent hike, and paid our full rent throughout the Covid pandemic. Upon conclusion of the Coventry P.E.A.C.E., Inc., master lease in 2022, the Library was required to return overpayments to Coventry P.E.A.C.E. and in turn, we gave the Library back $20,000 of these funds to put toward the cost of the future HVAC refurbishment project the Library had already decided to move forward with.
  3. We have support from major funding organizations—IF we have long-term leases. There's genuine interest from external nonprofits in securing space here—multiple leases negotiated with the Library didn't materialize (for reasons we're not privy to). Our extensive research shows that a dedicated nonprofit managing the hub boosts lease negotiations and attracts external funding. We've garnered interest from a major foundation and a non-profit funder, contingent on securing a long-term lease (or ownership) to prevent funds from being diverted to separately funded institutions like the Library. Assembly for the Arts, a major regional advocacy group, publicly supports us and aims to assist in securing a resolution benefiting all stakeholders.
  4. We are an important asset to our local economy. Our organizations employ over 60 people and serve nearly 20,000 people per year.

We are ready and able to resume the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus project. With Coventry P.E.A.C.E., Inc., as the long-term master lease holder (or owner) and facility manager ,a structure would be in place to establish an official nonprofit center capable of attracting tenants and forging partnerships for extensive fundraising to support major capital improvements. By avoiding costly external management—currently at about $90,000 annually under the Library’s oversight—this approach allows for innovative problem-solving beyond what a large government entity like the Library can offer. Collaboration among our institutions is crucial to breaking down silos and laying the groundwork for success, a strategy proven effective in communities statewide and beyond. But we are down to weeks, not months. We urge decisive action from leaders to help secure a lasting solution for all involved.

Cleveland Heights is known for its creativity and forward-thinking spirit, focusing on the intangibles that strengthen community vitality. What attracts residents here? What makes them want to stay and build their lives here? It's the vibrant local businesses, the rich arts scene and unique atmosphere that give Cleveland Heights its distinctive charm. What we have developed over the last several years is an important component to attract and retain residents—it adds to the overall quality of life that residents are looking for. We hope you will join us in envisioning and creating a future for our nonprofit collective that embodies these values. Together, we can uphold Cleveland Heights' reputation as "Home of the Arts" by securing the future of our diverse hub, which houses numerous local and regional creative nonprofits dedicated to enriching the lives of our residents and beyond. Together, we can “Keep the P.E.A.C.E.”

Most sincerely,
Coventry P.E.A.C.E.

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus Lease Update ::: July 2024

As of July 1, 2024 nine of our organizations entered into a six month lease with our landlord (Cleveland Heights - University Heights Library). While this leaves us little time to find a solution, we are determined to work with our City Leadership, Library Leadership, business leaders and residents to find a resolution that will be a win-win for all stake holders. We remain dedicated to the neighborhood where we are located, and to all of those we serve throughout Cleveland Heights and beyond. We believe Cleveland Heights is "Home to the Arts" and we are an important piece of that. We hope you will join us in our efforts to "Keep The P.E.A.C.E.". Please be sure to add your name to our list of supporters, and be sure you have signed up for our emails to receive the latest updates.

Mark your calendar...  our next P.E.A.C.E. Pops is on Friday, July 26th from 6-9 pm!

What is Coventry PEACE Campus?
(Part 1 of 3)

 

Coventry PEACE Campus is a non-profit hub located in Cleveland Heights serving the entire greater Cleveland area and beyond. Home to organizations that support public schools, community development, arts & music, creative writing & education for youth, and more. To learn more about our member organizations please visit coventrypeacecampus.org and be sure to visit us for our quarterly PEACE Pops events held on the last Friday of January, April, July & October. Our PEACE Pops events are free, family friendly and open to the public. You can take part in Open Studios, hands-on workshops, live music, giant puppets and costumed entertainers, a creative Photo Booth and more.

What is Coventry PEACE Campus?
(Part 2 of 3)

Enjoy the second installment in our video series. What is Coventry PEACE Campus? SO MANY THINGS… but here we show off some of the great events we host on a regular basis. From art exhibits to giant puppet performances in the park – we are bringing art, eduaction and creativity to our community members in many different ways. Being co-located in a building that physically promotes collaboration plays an enormous role in our ability to host these diverse events.

What is Coventry PEACE Campus?
(Part 3 of 3)

This video is the last installment in our new video series. What is Coventry PEACE Campus? We are a collaborative of non-profits focused on arts, culture and education. By being co-located together we are able to be something that is bigger than the sum of our parts. This benefits our community in so many different ways. Here we take a look at some of those overlooked benefits.

Our next PEACE Pops is Friday, July 26th!

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Workshops

Live Music

Open Studios

Cocktails

Exhibits

+More!

2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

Do you know…?

Enjoy these short videos featuring several of our Coventry PEACE Campus organizations. We hope these videos help introduce you to the nonprofits and inspire you to learn more about them – it’s our way of putting a face to a name.

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus – the heART of collaboration.

P.E.A.C.E. stands for People Enhancing A Community’s Environment. Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus is a self-sustaining arts, culture, and education non-profit cooperative. We support the missions and programming of our member organizations through coordinating and assisting with special events and projects, programming, volunteers, and networking. Through these efforts, we also help to connect community members with the organizations that we serve.

We are located in the heart of Coventry Village neighboring the historical business district, the playground and park, and the Coventry Village branch of Heights Library.

2843 Washington Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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We are grateful for the continued love and support from our community, and we welcome your help. Please be sure to click on the link below and  sign up for our email list so we can reach out with specific action items.

What is Coventry PEACE Campus?

When the school district sought to divest itself from the former Coventry Elementary School building in 2017, leaving its future uncertain, the leaders of all the tenant organizations and a broad base of community supporters came together in a grassroots movement to propose ways to preserve and grow the thriving arts, culture and education hub that had organically taken root there. From this effort, the Coventry PEACE Campus came into being. The Coventry P.E.A.C.E. building currently houses a dozen local and regional nonprofits. It is our goal to provide an accessible, sustainable, more efficient, and affordable home for these nonprofits, and to attract new organizations to the building.