Through Cleveland Sews, we have created a network and gathering place for community members to revitalize the lost art of sewing. Our collaborative model invites partners to share the table, connecting existing structures with new opportunities for capacity, growth, connection, and reimagination.
Asian Services in Action (ASIA)
In creative partnership with ASIA, Cleveland Sews is bridging vulnerable women to the theraputic and empowering craft of sewing. The program aims to create sustainable work positions for the women through a community support group where the women can generate extra income or connect to home-based work opportunities.
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL)
Cleveland Sews based curriculum in brought to the arts community through master teaching artist, Sharie Renee of Cosmic Bobbins. The programming connects the next generation of youth to the lost art of sewing. This partnership with CAL brings the growth of our programs in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and to apprentice based programs, like Artworks.
Positive Education Program (PEP) – Greenview
Cleveland Sews helps develop trauma-informed programming that is equitable for all youth. Through project-based learning, troubled youth discover transferable skills needed for future employment. A collaborative approach gives students an outlet for creative expression and self-regulation, while building self-sufficiency and workplace skills.
Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy
For students who have just arrived in Cleveland from other counties and Puerto Rico, Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy provides a welcoming learning environment to acclimate students to their new surroundings. Cleveland Sews programming helps transition ESL students to their new learning environment through kinesthetic learning, a tactile and physical hands-on approach. This type of programming leads to successful outcomes in diverse cultural settings. Generously supported by the Geis Foundation, Giving Tuesday CLE and Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy.
Cleveland Sews is partnered with University Settlement’s Adult Wellness Program which serves adults that are 60 years or better and individuals that are 18-59, that have a disability. The focus of the program is to empower seniors and participants to see their personal worth, discover a new hobby, or explore entrepreneurial income generating activities for themselves.
Community-Based Education Partner
Cleveland Public Library
Twice a year, Cleveland Public Library Lorain Branch hosts a six-week sewing intensive, free to the public. Classes are on Saturdays for three hours and cover a wide-range of educational information and projects to kick-start your creativity.