Cleveland Neighborhood Progress seeks new locations for the Undesign the Redline exhibit

February 11, 2019 PRESS RELEASE

Access the RFP here.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has released a Request for Proposals that will determine three new central locations in Cleveland for the Undesign the Redline exhibit in 2019. The traveling exhibit will be on display from April 8, 2019 through December 20, 2019. The hosting locations will increase visibility and promote facilitated dialogues about the topic of redlining and its legacy, especially in Cleveland. The exhibit was created by Designing the WE and has been hosted locally by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Enterprise Community Partners since fall 2018.

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit that connects discriminatory federal policies and practices from the 1930s to political and social issues of today. This interactive exhibit highlights the powerful narratives of the people and communities most affected by the legacy of redlining. Participants are invited to learn the history, interact with the stories, and invent the future of undoing structural inequities.

Created by social impact firm Designing the We, the interactive exhibit uses maps and other documentation to trace the enormous role that race played in determining where people were allowed to live and how government sanctioned polices, such as “redlining,” created segregation and disinvestment in communities that continue to persist today. Undesign the Redline seeks to inspire a new conversation about how we can undesign these systems and policies with intentionality and urgency, and influence the pathways that lead to better outcomes in communities.

Since January 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has led a citywide effort to build an inclusive, interdisciplinary coalition of civic stakeholders, community development practitioners, and grassroots leaders committed to advancing Racial Equity & Inclusion. To that end, the Undesign the Redline exhibit is a natural extension of the deeper awareness necessary to “undesign” the plethora of systems impacted by redlining. Last fall, Neighborhood Progress launched the first exhibit at the Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. The high response from 1,150+ attendees in just two months demonstrated the need to expand the footprint for this exhibit. As a result, Neighborhood Progress is seeking three partners that will host the exhibit for one quarter beginning in April 2019. The request for proposals  will determine central locations in Cleveland to place the Undesign the Redline exhibit in 2019, to increase visibility and promote facilitated dialogues about the topics, especially in Cleveland.

Joel Ratner, Neighborhood Progress President & CEO, states, “This exhibit is an extension of our Racial Equity and Inclusion efforts. We are honored to keep this exhibit in Cleveland and look forward to continued engagement with our partners on this important topic.”

Mark McDermott, Enterprise Community Partners Vice President and Ohio Market Leader, states, “Undesign the Redline is a powerful way to engage with history, examine how racist policies from decades ago still impact our communities today, and to inspire action toward creating communities of equal opportunity that promote health and well-being for all.”

Nonprofits and other engaged groups within the community interested in hosting this display and facilitating ongoing dialogue about redlining in Cleveland are encouraged to view and apply to the RFP.

The RFP timeline is as follows:

Application deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Announcement of the Three Finalists: Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Location #1 Placement: April 8th – June 28th
    • Location #2 Placement: July 8th – September 27th
    • Location #3 Placement: October 7th – December 20th

Follow #UDTRCLE on social media to learn more about Undesign the Redline.

About Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Neighborhood Progress is a local community development funding intermediary with thirty years of experience investing in community revitalization work in the city of Cleveland. It serves a unique function as the only local intermediary in the region and is proud to be nationally highlighted as a leader for engaging in best practices in various facets of nonprofit programming. The Board and staff strive to lead industry partners on new and existing initiatives to improve the quality of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and the quality of life for Cleveland’s residents. For more information on Neighborhood Progress, please visit www.clevelandnp.org.

About Enterprise Community Partners Inc. and Enterprise Green Communities

Enterprise is a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people’s lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over 35 years, Enterprise has created nearly 529,000 homes, invested $36 billion and touched millions of lives. Since 2004, Enterprise has led the effort through Enterprise Green

Communities to integrate green practices into the affordable housing development sector, investing $3.9 billion to create or preserve more than 127,000 green, healthy homes while transforming policies at the state, local and national level. For more information on Enterprise Community Partners, please visit www.EnterpriseCommunity.org

About Designing the WE

Designing the WE is a for-benefit design studio positioned within the fields of social innovation and community driven social, cultural and economic development. dtW facilitates collaborative processes to redefine how big picture systemic challenges are approached, identify opportunities for action, and co-design more holistic and resilient strategies centered on positive transformation. For more information on Designing the WE, please visit http://www.designingthewe.com

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