The Plain Dealer / By Laura DeMarco / June 2, 2016

On June 28, 2016, at 6:00 pm, SPACES will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the Van Rooy Coffee Building (2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland), to mark the start of construction for its future home.  The venue will soon become a showcase for contemporary art and will be open to the public free of charge in January 2017.

This relocation represents a unique culmination of 38 years of presenting cutting-edge contemporary art in Cleveland and observing the needs of artists and audience members. The new SPACES will house two galleries; a screening room for its video and sound art program, The Vault; a dedicated space for audience engagement initiatives; and artwork production facilities for local and visiting artists.

On the day of the groundbreaking, registered media representatives will be welcomed at SPACES from 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm, guests may explore the site, and at 6:30 pm, SPACES Board President Thomas Starinsky will open the event. After speeches by Ward 3 Cleveland City Council Member Kerry McCormack, SPACES Executive Director Christina Vassallo, and Fred & Laura Ruth Bidwell, guests are invited to Jukebox CLE (1404 W.29th Street) for food and light refreshments. The friendly neighborhood bar will donate 20% of all food and beverages served between 7:00 – 9:00 pm to the SPACES capital campaign. As of May 25, 2016, SPACES has raised over $1.6 million of its $3.5 million capital campaign goal, which includes real estate acquisition, renovation, equipment, and endowment.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the groundbreaking event. Please RSVP to Carol Murphy ( by June 22.

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