Congratulations to our Shaker Heights Youth Council for the successful completion of their Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory video!
A Celebration of Beloved Community in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. coordinated by the Shaker Heights PTO and community partners began on January 4th and focused on the Life & Teachings of Dr. King. Audiences were given access to a printed learning guide which were mailed to District families in January, and a digital learning guide was linked so students and families can engage together on daily topics and resources.
On MLK Day, the PTO and community partners hosted a livestream Celebration with a Cause which included inspiring messages, calls to action, and see beautiful performances.
The video below was produced by Monica Boone, Moreland Community Theatre and featuring performances from the Shaker Heights Youth Center.
MLK program outline:
1. Monica Boone – Introduction
2. Tic/Tok – Shaker Area Students performed to Nas “I Can”
3. Ms. Earline Hooper – poem “Life is Precious”
4. Sam Hooper – “A Change is Gonna Come” written by Sam Cook
5. Roschelle Ogbuji – “Beloved Community” 2019
6. Martinique Mims – Dance to the song “True Love” written by Yemi Alade
7. MLK Segments – 2019 performance – Prester Pickett & MyCom and Shaker High School Students
8. Sam Hooper – “Heaven Made Me Too”
9. Neighborhood title cards – “Help Me Out of the Dark” – performed by Sam Hooper and written by Janice Fullman and Sam Hooper
In 2019, longtime Shaker resident Kim Harris organized a celebration for Hildana Park. The goal: commemorate several upgrades to the Chagrin Boulevard park, including a new public art piece, Strength in Unity, while also helping to introduce Hildana Park to the broader Shaker community.
Harris, who is the founder of Shaker African American Mothers Support (SAMS), an organization that brings together parents from across the City, says Hildana park did not have much attention or traffic. In the midst of COVID-19 she thought “…what could we do to get people to come and enjoy the park safely and on their own time?”
She became inspired by the idea of oversized comfortable chairs, spaced evenly apart, and decorated by artwork from the Shaker community. The theme for the project was Hope and as Harris explained “with everything happening in our world right now, [the theme] felt right.”
Currently, the installations built by the MOOS Shaker team can be found installed in Hildana Park on Chagrin Blvd and in the Van Aken District. Workshops in the summer of 2020 with this veteran group have been full of MOOS firsts: new pandemic-related safety protocols, virtual design workshops held remotely, and experimentation with a new material, concrete.
The Making Our Own Space (MOOS) program began work with students living in The City of Shaker Heights’ Moreland neighborhood in 2016. Student artists submitted designs to the City’s Public Art Task Force for approval for the 2019 project.
Making Our Own Space @ Shaker Heights is made possible through the generous support of Starting Point, in collaboration with the City of Shaker Heights, MyCom, and the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The program is run by Kent State’s Urban Design Collaborative.
Read more about the installations at http://www.wearemoos.org/shakerheights and https://shaker.life/community/pull-up-a-chair-in-hildana-park/