Creating Opportunities to Experience Art, Urban Renewal & Question Change
HTG was established by Cleveland artist Patsy Coffey Kline in 2002, the original business plan was titled Scranton Willey Hill Project (SWHP). The goal was to rebuild the extremely unsafe and overlooked intersection that connects the growing arts community of Tremont with Ohio City, Scranton Flats and Cleveland Flats by engaging neighbors and business through community based art and gardening projects. Homeowners and businesses were encouraged to engage with HTG artists and offer up their garage doors, fences and walls for artwork and gardens. Working endless hours they cleaned up the hill.
Kline’s mission was to promote the hidden gateway and build a safe and sustainable community for all the neighbors and businesses and to fight foreclosure via a small, self-funded, grassroots gallery. She spent endless hours programing happenings to increase awareness and built collaborations between artists and residents seeking to transform and beautify the neighborhood.
HTG now participates in monthly art walks with impromptu dancing, music, poetry, installations and performances — proof of how such healthy, holistic dynamics have a positive impact on people and give one a sense of well-being that contributes to a sustainable local economy.