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 BravermanShaker 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 GoldbergShaker resident

Joyce Goldstein, Shaker resident

Tom Huck, Curator, University Hospitals

Colette Jones, Shaker resident, Destination CLE marketing director

Peter Lawson JonesShaker resident, performing artist

Kamla LewisShaker 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

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3558 Lee Rd. Shaker Heights, OH 44120