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    Cleveland stories: true until proven otherwise.

    Micah McKelvey
    Feb 16, '11 2:58 PM EST

    A little tidbit from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.


    Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is organizing a StorySlam on February, 24th at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Coventry Center to gather place-based stories to include in their upcoming journal entitled Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise.

    The CUDC is looking for:
    - Historians and story tellers who can share lesser-known aspects of Cleveland's history - particularly stories that are about a specific place in the city.
    - Creative writers who can invent a useful fiction for a Cleveland neighborhood and convince listeners of this alternate reality
    artists and urban designers.

    Tell a story about a Cleveland place - past, present or future. Fact or fiction. Funny, sad,'s up to you. The best stories will be published in Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise.
    Come to the StorySlam February 24 and toss your name in the hat. Ten people will be selected to tell their stories. Remember that you have to tell a story, not read one. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets are allowed. You'll have five minutes to tell your story, so come rehearsed!

    Although not required, you can submit your stories before the StorySlam to or use the Submit A Story form. You can also simply come and listen around the artificial, yet cozy, bonfire. The StorySlam will feature live storytellers and recorded stories from the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities Cleveland State University.

    February 24, 2011 | 7:30-9pm

    @ Cleveland Insitute of Art Coventry Center
    Upper level of 1854 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights map
    Cleveland Stories is a multi-faceted project that includes:

    Book: a published collection of stories (historical, fictional and somewhere in between) that correlate with particular places in Cleveland, Ohio. The book is entitled Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise and will be the fourth volume in the CUDC's Urban Infill journal series.

    Exhibition: a curated exhibit of temporary urban design interventions for Cleveland neighborhoods (held at CIA's Reinberger Gallery).

    Interventions: a series of neighborhood-based temporary installations that bring Cleveland's stories to life and make them legible in the urban environment.

    Cleveland Stories is a joint program of the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Cleveland State Center for Public History + Digital Humanities. With support from the George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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