Join Us at an Event!
Join a wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences throughout 2019. Click here for the Anniversary Week Event Guide, which took place June 19-23, 2019.
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Discover what Cleveland was like in 1969 and experience how the community has evolved over the past 50 years. Through immersive exhibits and programming guests can explore change, learn about our city’s vibrant history, and aspire to continue to affect change.
1969 is revealed in the following exhibits: Cleveland Starts Here; Carl & Louis Stokes Making History; Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland; Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel; Crawford Auto Aviation Museum; and Mad for Plaid.
April 27 - September 28
Last year Drink Local. Drink Tap. removed over 1,800 POUNDS of garbage from Edgewater's Beaches, and they want to keep that momentum going this year! You can choose from 10 different cleanups, taking place from April 27 through September 28. They provide gloves, bags, buckets and trash grabbers, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies! They recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and bringing a water bottle (local tap is the best!).
May 1 - December 30, 2019
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport challenge Northeast Ohio Youth Art students to use their creativity and artistic talent to express the importance of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. The resulting exhibit is a part of CLE’s Youth Art Program.
May 25 - September 22, 2019
Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning features three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957), known for his explosion events, gunpowder-ignited paintings, and installations, all using environmentally friendly material. While Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art (2018) was created especially for the exhibition, the other two exhibited works in monochrome and polychrome gunpowder illustrate the artist’s reflections on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water. The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present this exhibition as part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made toward clean water for all.
June 8 - September 22, 2019
As part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made since toward clean water for all, the Cleveland Museum of Art will present two exhibitions that highlight the impact of human behavior on the environment. Featuring the work of renowned contemporary artist Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Water: Edward Burtynsky draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impact the future of our planet.
September 6 - October 23, 2019
On June 22, 1969, the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways Edition brought together a group of international and local artists to focus on projects that connect the regenerative efforts for the Cuyahoga to global waterways. Check out this exhibit to see the impact!
September 17, 2019 (7-9pm)
A panel of river leaders look back on the 2019 celebration successes and discuss how we “ignite the future.” Find out what’s next for renewing the Cuyahoga River and its cities. What would you like to see happen?
Doors open at 6 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m.
September 21, 2019 (9am-4pm)
Be a part of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) 2019 Open House as we celebrate the Cuyahoga River’s 50-year comeback story and the clean water work that made it possible.
Literally thousands of guests show up on a fall Saturday every year to learn more about where their water goes and what they can do to keep our Great Lake great. This year’s theme celebrates note only our lake’s greatness, but the rebirth of our once-burning Cuyahoga River as well.
September 25, 2019 (6-9pm)
Join Tracy K. Smith, the 2017-19 Poet Laureate of the United States, at the confluence of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River to hear her poems from Wade in the Water, a 2019 Anisfield-Wolf winner. Hosted by the Great Lakes Science Center, Brews + Prose and Cleveland Book Week, the reading and book signing will shimmer with the North Coast Harbor and the Steamship William G. Mather as backdrops.
October 16, 2019 (8am-6pm)
Ten years ago, Mayor Frank G. Jackson launched Sustainable Cleveland 2019 to engage all citizens to design and develop a “green city on a blue lake”. Since then we've made tons of progress as a community, galvanizing action among thousands of people and organizations. Summit 2019 will celebrate that progress and the people that made it happen.
The Summit will also look forward, establishing some key priorities in the Climate Action Plan that require community-wide action. Stay tuned in the months ahead for more details. Tickets on sale beginning June 2019.