The Ballot Box Project

Northeast Shores Development Corporation

Funding Received: 2015
Cleveland, OH
$200,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

The Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio is changing due to the combination of fewer jobs at the local rail yards and greater outside interest in local real estate. The current challenge is to preserve Collinwood’s identity and ensure that its residents and workers have a real voice in the unfolding of their neighborhood’s future. The Ballot Box Project will ask residents to vote on community art projects at regular polling events and will also encourage voter registration for the 2016 elections to increase civic participation on both the local and national levels.

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

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Jan 13, 2017
The Ballot Box Project is a creative placemaking effort led by Northeast Shores Development Corporation that inspires civic engagement through participatory budgeting for community art... Read More
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To make change in the world or in this case the neighborhood, people need to feel empowered. The Ballot Box, through intense community decision-making did... Read More
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To make change in the world or in this case the neighborhood, people need to feel empowered. The Ballot Box, through intense community decision-making did... Read More
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Fourteen year old Francis lives and works in the neighborhood. He also trains for long distance bike riding. Thanks to The Ballot Project, and Cindy... Read More
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Nov 4, 2016
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Artist Lori Kella was looking for a way to encourage eating local in her neighborhood of North Collinwood. When Northeast Shores Development... Read More
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Nov 4, 2016
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Artist Lori Kella was looking for a way to encourage eating local in her neighborhood of North Collinwood. When Northeast Shores Development... Read More
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Oct 3, 2016
Ballot Box Project award winner Stephen Bivens will bring his project, This is Collinwood: History in Everyday People, to a close at the end of... Read More
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Michael Hudecek from Upcycle Parts Shop wants to reduce vacancy- and its working! In the Ballot Box Project’s March election earlier this year, Michael's project,... Read More
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Photographers came out above all other disciplines, after the residents of Collinwood voted for their favorite project in the Ballot Box Project. These three artists... Read More
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Artist Lori Kella is helping people to eat local. Through her website, www.grow.cook.collinwood.com the community is invited to submit their favorite recipes that feature local... Read More
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Aug 17, 2016
Last March, we told you about Collinwood's Ballot Box Project, a $120,000 grant initiative designed to allow residents of the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood to... Read More
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Aug 17, 2016
Last March, we told you about Collinwood's Ballot Box Project, a $120,000 grant initiative designed to allow residents of the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood to... Read More
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The Ballot Box Project is a gift to local artists, funding projects that engage youth, healthy eating, vacancy problems and community history. ArtPlace America and... Read More
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The Ballot Box Project is a gift to local artists, funding projects that engage youth, healthy eating, vacancy problems and community history. ArtPlace America and... Read More
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Jul 11, 2016
Michael Hudecek is turning blight into beauty. As one of nine community-voted grant winners in the Ballot Box Project, the Upcycle Parts Shop employee’s Craft... Read More
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The process of how the councilman of 35+ years conducted business was stagnant. While his heart is in the right place, many times the loudest... Read More
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Teens. They’re good for nothing. All they do is play on their phone, get into trouble. They’re so rude, don’t want to do anything. And... Read More
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May 12, 2016
Perhaps you've already heard: this year is a pretty big election year. And while you are going to hear a lot of people encouraging others... Read More
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May 12, 2016
Perhaps you've already heard: this year is a pretty big election year. And while you are going to hear a lot of people encouraging others... Read More
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May 6, 2016
Local photographer and Ballot Box winner, Stephen Bivens, will be photographing local business owners and staff members throughout the month of May. Read More
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Mar 22, 2016
In the North Shores Collinwood area of Cleveland, “Ohio’s first experiment with participatory budgeting” has just resulted in four arts-based community development projects being chosen—by... Read More
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Mar 17, 2016
On a recent Wednesday afternoon in North Collinwood in Cleveland, an unusual experiment in local democracy was unfolding. Even as the nation fixated on the... Read More
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Mar 17, 2016
On a recent Wednesday afternoon in North Collinwood in Cleveland, an unusual experiment in local democracy was unfolding. Even as the nation fixated on the... Read More
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The Ballot Box Project kicked off on a sunny Friday in early March with Democracy on the Move, a parade that weaved throughout the residential... Read More
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Mar 6, 2016
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The sky cleared and the low-angled, late afternoon sun shined brightly Friday in Collinwood as neighborhood residents kicked off the 2.2-mile "... Read More
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Mar 5, 2016
The sky cleared and the low-angled, late afternoon sun shined brightly Friday in Collinwood as neighborhood residents kicked off the 2.2-mile "Democracy on the Move... Read More
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Mar 4, 2016
Come see the parade! Parade begins at 5:30 at Collinwood Rec. and finishes as Slovenian Workmen’s Hall approx. 6:30 Read More
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Mar 4, 2016
Dee Perry speaks with Brian Friedman of Northeast Shores about the Ballot Box Project in Collinwood an arts-based participatory budgeting effort. Read More
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Mar 4, 2016
Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood is in the middle of something called the Ballot Box Project. It’s a grant program that is offering artists awards of up... Read More
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Mar 2, 2016
With a parade, public voting on $120,000 in community-based art projects, opening receptions for several new art exhibitions, the grand opening of Waterloo's first coffee... Read More
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Mar 2, 2016
Friday's event marks the start of voting on Northeast Shores' Ballot Box Project, Ohio's first "participatory budgeting" project, which allows the community to actively participate... Read More
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Feb 29, 2016
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Grant money up for grabs in CLE. Read More
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Feb 16, 2016
The nonprofit Northeast Shores Development Corp . is leveraging a $120,000 ArtPlace America grant to involve Collinwood residents and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections... Read More
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Feb 16, 2016
The nonprofit Northeast Shores Development Corp. is leveraging a $120,000 ArtPlace America grant to involve Collinwood residents and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in... Read More
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Here are the projects that the Collinwood neighborhood will be voting on from March 4-9. Each ballot is allowed up to five votes. Anyone who... Read More
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Feb 9, 2016
Perhaps you've already heard: this year is a pretty big election year. And while you are going to hear a lot of folks encouraging people... Read More
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December was a great month for the Ballot Box Project. We began planning for Democracy on the Move, put out the Call for Artists, and... Read More
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The residents of North Collinwood came out in full force for the Ballot Box Project’s second meeting to discuss the four project focus areas that... Read More
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Nov 25, 2015
The Northeast Shores Development Corporation won a grant from ArtPlace America, in July 2015, to organize a “Ballot Box Project,” where Collinwood residents can decide... Read More
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Nov 25, 2015
Radio story on WRUW about Ballot Box Project, Ohio's first participatory budgeting effort. Read More
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There was a great turnout for our first meeting of the Ballot Box Project. There were 32 residents participating, including our Artist Leadership Team. The... Read More
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Ballot Box Project works to give individual neighborhood stakeholders stronger voices in the civic arena. Residents, artists, and city employees will work together to solve... Read More
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Jul 24, 2015
In a pool of 1,283 applicants, which later turned into 90 finalists across 48 states and the District of Columbia, local non-profit, Northeast Shores Development... Read More