Cleveland, OH

Campus District Cleveland calls for artists for augmented reality installation

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

CLEVELAND, OH — Campus District Cleveland has teamed up with CleAR Experiences to create Customize Campus District, a collection of five locations in the Campus District that will be transformed using augmented reality.

Artists are invited to submit unique artwork to be displayed at three of the locations. Users will be able to view the artwork on the Campus District, Inc. website, as well as on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. The installation's goal is to show visitors how Cleveland's public landscape may be enhanced to better serve the people that visit it.

Users can interact directly with the sites in person or from the comfort of their own homes using Augmented Reality (AR) visuals. Additionally, Campus District Inc. staff will offer in-person walking tours of the sites that take participants through the AR experience in the late summer and early fall.

Campus District is Cleveland's purpose-driven community—a place to study, heal, grow, and create. It stretches from East 18th Street to East 30th Street, north to Lake Erie and south to Orange Avenue, on the eastern fringe of Cleveland's Downtown.

The Superior Arts District, crucial homeless assistance agencies, residents, light industry, and business are all located in the neighborhood, as are major institutions such as Cleveland State University, Tri-C's MetroCampus, and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. The AR effects were chosen for spots in the neighborhood that the Campus District believes may be improved to better serve the community.

All of the AR effect locations are on East 22nd Street. East 22nd Street acts as the Campus District's north-south core, connecting people from Tri-C's campus all the way to the Superior Arts District. The corridor currently feels large, noisy, and harsh, as if it were designed for vehicles rather than people.

Three works will be chosen for inclusion in the augmented reality installation, with artists receiving $300 for each effect chosen. The artwork, as well as the artist's name and any information about them and their work that they would like to include, will be on public display for 3-4 months.

An ad hoc review group will analyze and pick the artist/artwork for the sole aim of developing Customize Campus District. This small selection committee (comprised of 7 members) will be made up of artists, designers, as well as community members.

The deadline for artists to submit their work is on August 9. To learn more about the program and submission process, visit Campus District's official website by accessing this link

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