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University Circle Inc. Launches New "Circle Connects" Summer Programming

Posted June 29, 2020 in Press Releases

University Circle Inc. (UCI) is launching a new, exciting series of summer programs called Circle Connects. Circle Connects, powered by PNC through a longstanding sponsorship, utilizes the resources of University Circle for dynamic online and interactive experiences. Programs will begin July 12 and run throughout the summer. Each program will include an educational component curated by UCI’s education department so that children learn as they have fun.

“We are thrilled to introduce Circle Connects as UCI’s 2020 summer program,” said Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. “We wanted to give the community an outlet to the programs and organizations they love in University Circle, and Circle Connects does just that. Thank you to our partners at PNC Bank for their unwavering support.”

David Robinson, UCI’s business services manager shared; “After discussions began around suspending WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays, our team knew this summer would look and feel much different. We quickly engaged our longtime partners in the Circle to form a working group. We focused on programming that can expand or contract with the evolving coronavirus health crisis while bringing enrichment and connectivity to the community.”

“This has been a challenging year for everyone, so having new ways to engage will help Northeast Ohioans enjoy some much-needed fun this summer,” said Pat Pastore, PNC regional president for Cleveland. “UCI has done a great job of shifting to develop exciting programs to help local residents virtually experience the unique resources in University Circle, and PNC is proud to continue our support.”

Circle Food Tour
UCI will partner with six of Greater University Circle’s restaurants and talented chefs to produce cooking demonstrations. Demonstrations will air on Facebook Live and YouTube at 6 p.m. every other Sunday, beginning July 12. Each featured restaurant will create a food kit filled with the ingredients needed to follow the cooking demonstration recipe from home. The kits can be purchased and picked up at the restaurant the week prior to the demonstration. An ingredients list will be provided the Friday prior to each show in case people wish to shop on their own.

Completed demonstrations will be uploaded to UCI’s YouTube channel. Children following along with adults at home will learn about the science of cooking while developing math skills through measuring recipe ingredients. All Circle Food Tour demonstrations are designed for beginning to intermediate-level participants.

  • July 12 – L’Albatros with Chef Zack Bruell
  • July 26 – Kantina with Chef Seth Bromberg
  • Aug. 9 – EDWINS Restaurant and Butcher Shop with Chef Brandon Chrostowski
  • Aug. 23 – PearlFlower Catering with Chef Tiwanna Williams
  • Sept. 6 – The Coffee House at University Circle with Pastry Chef Kevin Shlappal
  • Sept. 20 – Provenance with Chef Partner Doug Katz

Wade Oval Art Installations
UCI and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) will work with local children and professional artists Augusto Bordelois and Angelica Pozo to create large-scale art installations on Wade Oval. The art will address timely themes such as racial injustice, the digital divide and women’s suffrage. Bordelois is a community teaching artist whose work includes the Shaker Heights Fire Department Centennial Mural, art installations in area schools and many others. Pozo is best known as the mosaic artist behind Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Plaza, “The Winding Wall of Fairfax” at Quincy Park, and "Marketplace/Meetingplace: An Urban Memorial" in the Gateway District downtown.

Installations on Wade Oval will take place on four Fridays: Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. A downloadable educational kit and educational signage will accompany each installation to encourage deeper understanding of the art and its subject matter.

As each Wade Oval Art Installation is revealed, UCI will again team up with CAL on supplemental activities. Free chalk kits will be distributed to visitors, who will be encouraged to draw their own inspiration from the art on the surrounding sidewalks, and on the community chalk board located on Ford Drive near Uptown. Face masks and additional educational resources will be included with the chalk kits. Additional support for the Wade Oval Art Installations is courtesy of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Shape Up in the Circle
Shape Up in the Circle launched in April through a partnership with One to One Fitness at Case Western Reserve University. Shape Up in the Circle provides free, live-streamed workouts for people of all ages and fitness levels. Workouts are recorded at various locations throughout University Circle. Nineteen new workouts will be streamed July 15 through Sept. 16 on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Educational resources for this program include fun fitness facts during the livestreams. Additional support for Shape Up in the Circle is courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic.

Partner-Led Programs
Additional innovative programming for Circle Connects is courtesy of UCI’s partner organizations throughout University Circle.

The Cleveland Orchestra: The Lullaby Project
The Cleveland Orchestra will hold digital learning sessions for families interested in the Lullaby Project. Expecting and new parents will work side-by-side with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and local music therapists to create, sing and share a personal lullaby for their babies. Digital sessions, which take place in August and September, include a Lullaby Project overview and demonstration, resources for early-childhood development with a certified music therapist and tips for incorporating music into daily family life.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Museum Mondays, Wildlife Wednesdays and Scientist Saturdays
Tune in at noon every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for these regularly scheduled programs and discover fun facts about all the things that happen at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Museum Mondays take guests throughout the galleries with Museum educators. Wildlife Wednesdays showcase Ohio’s native species. Scientist Saturdays provide the latest scoop on science and research.

Other programs are currently being developed and will be announced on the Circle Connects webpage as they are finalized.

For more information about Circle Connects, visit universitycircle.org/circle-connects.

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