“Rooms to Let: CLE” breathes new life into old houses

Now in its Sixth year, "Rooms To Let: CLE" is an art show that transforms vacant houses into impromptu art galleries. Dozens of local artists work together, creating site-specific work housed in properties slated for demolition.

Now in its sixth year, Rooms To Let: CLE is an art show that transforms vacant houses into impromptu art galleries. Dozens of local artists work together, creating site-specific work housed in properties slated for demolition.

Rooms To Let homes from previous years have featured such home re-imaginings as an attic turned into a walk in the clouds, a kitchen filled with ice cream, and a basement where the plumbing was transformed into a musical instrument. The event is spearheaded by the Slavic Village Department, a group dedicated to building back the historic neighborhood, and curated by Acerbic, Shari Wilkins of the Cleveland Print Room and the Visit Arts Collective.

While the event is free to the pubic, visitors should first visit Indoor Gardens at 5304 Fleet Ave to obtain a wristband that will give you access to all houses. There are four main house spaces to visit, running along East 53rd and 54th Streets.

Fleet Ave will also feature storefront pop-ups, with local butchery Saucisson hosting “Imagine If…Pop Up Weekend“,  that will bring together breweries Brick & Barrel, Noble Beast and Terrestrial along with Phoenix Coffee to offer their creations in one space.

Rooms To Let: CLE runs Saturday, May 18th from Noon-7pm, and Sunday, May 19th from Noon-5pm. 

Check out our profile on “the Lady Butchers” of Saucisson here.