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Rooms To Let

The Visit Arts Collective at Rooms To Let
Presenting the exhibition Origins in Slavic Village

6904 Fleet Avenue will soon be demolished but 22 artists have taken over the space to present Origins in a two-day event called Rooms to Let.

Cleveland, Ohio, July 28 and 29 from 12-7pm on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday The Visit Arts Collective along with Slavic Village and two more guest curators will open their event for Rooms to Let, now in its fifth year. The event will illuminate the diversity of the neighborhood, create access for residents to beautify their homes and call attention to the power of people coming together to create awareness of the housing crisis.
This is the first year for The Visit Arts Collective (https://thevisitarts.org/) to curate a home. Last year they were invited to create art activities for the community and installed a labyrinth for residents to walk its path. The collective has four core members whose mission is to create experiential exhibitions, installations and educational programs incorporating music, dance, poetry and the visual art to engage the participant and challenge their notions of the Black experience through the visual arts. They collaborate with everyone because all voices need to be heard.
This weekend The Visit Arts Collective will present a comprehensive exhibition entitled Origins. All artists chosen for 6904 Fleet Avenue were asked to consider what origins meant for them. The members of The Visit want all to note that they embrace the temporality of existence here and in this dimension. They do not assume a birthdate as the sole mark of anyone's origin, nor do they think that the end is anything but physical. They are guided by the words of Octavia Butler when she states "All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you."

Please join us at 6904 Fleet Avenue on July 28 and 29, 2018 for Origins and be changed by the art, the space, the people and all that you touch.

Gina Washington and Chester Hopkins-Bey
Cofounders of The Visit Arts Collective and Co-curators of Origins

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