Encouraging artists to express themselves in ways unthought-of previously. Dedicated to the propagation of all art forms, supporting local, international, emerging or established artists and community arts programs since 2001.
INDEPENDENCE DAY @ LA COSECHA GALERIA
"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth." - Zoe Skylar
On Independence Day 2019, about 11:00 PM, I started to receive texts, calls and messages from various people that something was happening at the gallery. I was at work, which is time consuming, but from various photos sent and having a moment to step away to make a couple phone calls, dread began to slowly form within my core.
After a long shift of watching the eastside neighborhood surrounding me celebrate with fireworks into the late night, I made my way to the gallery expecting the worst. Approaching the corner of West 54th and Storer Avenue, I could see from a distance this situation was not good. No fire, but the gallery suffered structural damage overnight. As we assessed the situation, it obviously causes the gallery to close immediately for repairs. The front awning collapsed, ripping the top brick façade of the gallery and causing major damage to the roof, as well as minor damage to the interior. And more than likely longer to get the building prepared for inspection. Thank God no one was hurt, the gallery was empty, and no pedestrian was near on a busy intersection, so many different scenarios were avoided by providence.
We have been encouraging artists to express themselves in ways unthought-of previously. Dedicated to the propagation of all art forms, supporting local, international, emerging or established artists and community arts programs since 2001. Yet you never really know what you do has meaning until disaster strikes.
The community response during and support after the incident are beyond humbling, bringing forth to my realization that this is no longer my own envision, but everyone’s.
Clean up and repairs have already begun, safety being a priority and soon remodeling will start. We must take the time of this forced hiatus to audit ourselves, strengthen our foundation and move forward with implementing strategic planning that has been waiting because of the time absorbing tasks of running the day to day activities. It’s where development and incubation period end and a leap of faith to execution begins.
For updates, please stay connected with us online or contact us directly for inquiries of support, a simple letter we can share helps. We are working on reaching out to organizations for collaboration opportunities to spread our wings during the time without a home.
We will recover, we will build up and are patiently accepting our evolution.
La Cosecha Galeria
5404 Storer Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102