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All About Cleveland

All About Cleveland is excited to host "Sights and Sounds of the City." The event is being held in part to raise awareness of one of Cleveland's gems, the historic Karamu House, the first multicultural theater in the country. It will also welcome athletes/ visitors participating in the Gay Games into the Fairfax neighborhood.

Join us for a fun filled Sunday for all to enjoy. The celebration will kick off with a brunch featuring musical performances from Karamu's upcoming Fall production of "Ain't Nothing But The Blues". Enjoy a concert featuring Gospel, Gospel Rap, Contemporary, R&B,jazz, Blues and Neo Soul performances by local Cleveland talent. Other activities include "Art in the Park", African dance, robotics show, pony rides, carnival games, exhibitors, food trucks, prizes, giveaways and much more.

Enjoy Brunch In The Arts for $40 in the Fairfax Arts & Culture District

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Vickie Eaton Johnson to continue community work in Fairfax and surrounding neighborhoods in new role with Cleveland Clinc

Monday, July 14, 2014, Cleveland: The Board of Directors of Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC) announces the resignation of its Executive Director of 17 years, Vickie Eaton Johnson, effective September 9, 2014.

FRDC Board President Stephen Baucher praised Johnson’s accomplishments.

“Vickie’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization has helped us grow and has established us as one of the leaders in community development,” Baucher said. “While Vickie has many strengths, her greatest assets may be her vision and her ability to build an excellent staff of professionals that she has publicly credited for the many successes of FRDC.”

The Board of Directors recently updated the organization’s three-year strategic plan and the 2014-2019 Fairfax Master Development Plan, which was adopted by the City of Cleveland Planning Commission in February.

Johnson said FRDC is well-positioned to continue its excellent work.

“It has been an honor to lead the staff of FRDC,” Johnson said. “It is an organization that is guided by an excellent Board of Directors, and I thank them for the trust and confidence they have had in me.

I am confident that we have the staff in place to implement the vision and plans that have been adopted. Our relationships and partnerships are very strong.”

Johnson is accepting the position of Senior Director of Community Relations with the Cleveland Clinic. She will lead the Clinic’s civic education and community based programs.

“This is an opportunity for me to have an even greater impact on improving and growing our community,” Johnson said. “My personal mission – to make our community a better place – is intact. I look forward to participating in more efforts to grow Fairfax and other Cleveland neighborhoods as well in the years to come.” See Press Release

Vickie Johnson Honored at the GCP Annual Meeting

Vickie Eaton Johnson, executive director of the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, received the 2014 Richard Shatten Professional Leadership Award annual_meeting_johnsonfrom the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s during its annual meeting on April 2, 2014. In presenting the award, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman noted her accomplishments including spearheading efforts that have attracted multimillion-dollar investment to the Fairfax community and her support of, and work to advance, the Opportunity Corridor project.

The award is presented in memory of Shatten’s role in the economic revitalization of Cleveland as an accomplished educator and research mentor at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and through his civic leadership with Cleveland Tomorrow and other organizations. Read more.

View the GCP Annual Meeting Video

Fairfax Intergenerational Housing Open its Doors

Leon Bibb talks with FRDC about a new housing development for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

During his segment, Kaleidoscope, which aired on April 13, 2014, Leon talked with the CEO of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Jeffery Patterson and Assistant Executive Director of Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation Denise Van Leer who shared information about the new intergenerational housing development in Fairfax, commonly known as Grandparent Housing. For more information or to apply call (216) 431-1471.

Fairfax and 7-Minutes with Russ Mitchell

In a conversation with Russ Mitchell, Vickie Johnson, Executive Director, talked about one of Cleveland’s well-known historic neighborhoods.
Watch The Video


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The Land of Fairfax

FRDC hosted the Lend A Hand Launch Party for The Land of Fairfax fundraisingl-o-f initiative in its offices at Quincy Place on February 16, 2014. John Legend endorses and leads the effort and has given his music and resources to benefit the Fairfax neighborhood, and now we are asking for your help too! We're doing something very exciting and you will want to be a part of it. We invite you to lend a hand too and help to continue the revitalization of Fairfax!

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Louis Stokes Visionary Award

The Louis Stokes Visionary Award is presented to individuals who are committed to community development and have

  • Demonstrated an ability to provide leadership and vision which promotes community development and strong community life;
  • Demonstrated a lifelong personal and professional commitment to improve the quality of life for those who reside and work in communities such as Fairfax;
  • Demonstrated a proven track record in working collaboratively with residents and other stakeholders to build partnerships; and
  • Promoted the initiatives of urban communities such as Fairfax to a broader constituency.