Cleveland reuse project receives grant

Cleveland reuse project receives grant

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

A reuse nonprofit organization has been given a grant to help revitalize a Cleveland neighborhood.

Reuse organization Urban Upcycle has received a $375,000 grant from ArtPlace America, a collaborative group made up of national foundations, banks and agencies dedicated to furthering creative rejuvenation efforts. The grant will help Urban Upcycle support an arts-based strategy to attract more entrepreneurs and small businesses to the St. Clair Superior neighborhood in Cleveland.

Speaking with freshwatercleveland.com, Nicole McGee of Plenty Underfoot noted that the project "is a methodology for neighborhood revitalization." Plenty Underfoot is an arts-based business that repurposes discarded materials into artwork, jewelry and home decor and a partner in the Urban Upcycle project.

"The goal is to create more of an economy around upcycling," said McGee. "We will open a creative reuse center, offer classes for residents, and have retail opportunities for small businesses."

McGee envisions a "creative thrift shop," where shoppers can peruse bins full of discarded wine corks, vinyl flooring samples and other trash-to-treasure to use in creative projects. "We're taking materials that others haven't assigned value to, looking at them and deciding what could be done differently," says McGee. "Then we're transforming them into something bigger and better. We want to do that whole process on a neighborhood level."

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