Bellaire Puritas Development Corp. is a non-profit community development corporation that strives to better the quality of life in Ward 18 and revitalize its neighborhoods. We provide housing assistance, safety and mediation services, help for seniors, planning, community organizing and youth programs.
As part of our planning efforts, we’re committed to engaging the public in deciding how our community will look and feel in the future. We want to make the neighborhood more user friendly, particularly for walkers and bikers and those who use public transportation. And we want to strengthen our neighborhood identity through a coordinate and pleasing visual aesthetic.
BPDC is funded in part by government grants and by grants from private foundations, fee income and donations. Like other non-profits, we seek support, in-kind and financial, from our community and other friends who value our work and wish to help us serve. We also welcome volunteers with an interest in leading and contributing to our neighborhood.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is one of largest public arts funders in the country. It was founded in 2006, when Cuyahoga County voters approved a 10-year tax on cigarettes to fund investments in the arts. CAC supports small and large projects and organizations; last year it provided $15 million in funds to ignite the creative talents of Northeast Ohio.
LAND studio’s mission is to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming.
Artist Giancarlo Calicchia will be assisting in our public art plan project by facilitating design workshops and setting up opportunities for West Park residents to observe stone-carving demonstrations.
Giancarlo is a master sculptor well known for his public art installations in Ohio and throughout the world. He’s been working professionally for over 45 years, and is the founder of Calicchia Stone Industries Inc., an architectural stone supplier, designer and installer. Giancarlo works with stone, wood, bronze, glass, mosaic, ceramic and oil media. He also has a studio in the Tremont neighborhood and a gallery on Carnegie Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
Giancarlo’s CSDStudios in 2010 completed a conversion of a 1920s neo-classical bank building into the restaurant Dante in Tremont, designing and creating the interior art work which includes a massive wall mosaic made of stone, cast glass, bone and ceramics. The project also included wall sconces and stained glass doors. The artist also created and installed a series of grant sculptures in a sculpture garden at Kent State University and in 2011 installed another public art work, a 26-foot-long by 7-foot-high glass screen for the law library at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio.
For more on Giancarlo’s life and work, visit the Giancarlo Calicchia website.