Rainey Institute is where the arts change lives. We are dedicated to positive change for Greater Cleveland’s youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts. Children ages 3 and up attend Rainey after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to explore music, dance, drama, sewing and art. They develop their artistic abilities and their character. Rainey students learn to be leaders and positive role models. They are prepared to be “on stage” at all times, enabling them to succeed in school and life.
Rainey reaches over 650 children and young adults each year through its programming, and holds many public performances for the community throughout the year. We invite you to call or visit to learn more about Rainey Institute.
Watch this video on our history and our current programs:
One hundred years ago, the Rainey Institute was founded by a pioneering social worker, Anna Edwards, and a philanthropist, Eleanor B. Rainey. Mrs. Rainey, deeply impressed by the work being accomplished, financed Miss Edwards’ program, and paid for the construction of a building to house its operations. This building near the intersection of East 55th Street and Superior Avenue in Cleveland is still the home of what was named the Rainey Institute in her honor.
Rainey’s history spans the earliest years of the car, electricity, the telephone, two world wars, a depression and the wondrous advances of medicine and technology. Yet through all these changes, families are still drawn together by theatre arts, educational opportunities, friendships, and the joy of achievement.
Rainey Institute celebrates the talents and strong character of our young people who use their outstanding abilities to provide quality artistic experiences for appreciative audiences.