Arts Van Aken (AVA) is the arts-based placemaking initiative of Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC), designed to bring high quality arts and culture programming to the Van Aken District.
AVA is the result of a multi-year research and planning effort through which SHDC, the City of Shaker Heights, and RMS, as well as citizens and community stakeholders, collaboratively developed a vision for an arts-based initiative that is right-sized and thoughtfully curated for our unique community.
With a commitment to partnership and public engagement, AVA’s programming will reflect and celebrate the diversity of Shaker Heights and support our shared commitment to making the Van Aken District a central gathering place for the entire community.
Photo by Tiffany Tarpley
Jeremy Paris, Committee Chair, SHDC Board Member, Shaker Resident
Joyce Braverman, Shaker Planning Director
Grace Chin, Shaker Resident, Artist
Joanne Cohen, Shaker Resident, Chief Curator Cleveland Clinic
Deena Epstein, Shaker resident
Peter Faass, Director, Christ Episcopal Church
Scott Garson, SHDC Board Chair, Shaker resident
Tristin Goldberg, Shaker resident
Joyce Goldstein, Shaker resident
Tom Huck, Curator, University Hospitals
Colette Jones, Shaker resident, Destination CLE marketing director
Peter Lawson Jones, Shaker resident, performing artist
Kamla Lewis, Shaker Dept. Neighborhood Revitalization, Shaker resident
Tony Moore, SHDC board member, Shaker resident, attorney
Erica Rivera, Shaker resident
Jason Russell, Van Aken District general manager
Mariama Whyte, Shaker resident, performing artist