Rainey @ Pivot Center

Providing Exploratory and Mastery-Based Art Opportunities to Cleveland’s West Side Communities

new identity… expanding the rainey legacy

The Pivot Center for the Arts & Expression is part of the changing narrative of Clark-Fulton as one of joy, opportunity, and growth.

The Pivot Center for the Arts, Dance, and Expression provides a historic renovation of the Astrup Awning Building on West 25th Street into a neighborhood arts and community space. The redevelopment project has drawn national and local attention as a model for arts and community collaboration, and represents the transformation of an entire community.

Grassroots efforts have resulted in the recent approval of the first ever comprehensive, aspirational community plan in the City of Cleveland, focused on Clark-Fulton and the opportunities of the future.

Our newly signed lease at the Pivot Center provides Rainey Institute with the opportunity to expand our presence on the West Side, attain additional space for programs, and acquire more school partners. By doing so, we will enrich the lives of even more Cleveland youth, especially the growing population of Hispanic/LatinX youth, through engagement and education in the visual and performing arts.

Anchored by existing tenants such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, Inlet Dance Theatre, and LatinUS Theatre Company, Rainey’s expansion to the Pivot Center fills the need for exploratory and mastery-based opportunities in music in this neighborhood. Other programs will include pre-school arts, teen programs, and summer camp.

Special thank you to Cleveland 19 News and Reporter Tiarra Braddock for a terrific news feature!  Click above to watch the video (2:16).

Ground Breaking ceremony – July 19, 2022

On a beautiful Tuesday morning in July,  a small gathering consisting of Rainey staff, Board members, local government officials, a few donors, and some members of the media came together to witness the ceremonial “Ground Breaking”  at the Pivot Center where Rainey Insitute will soon make it’s West Side home.

It was truly a special moment because those in attendance have already seen how Rainey Institute has changed the lives of so many children on Cleveland’s East Side.  With one ceremonial gesture, Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer Harris ushered in not only a new era for Rainey, but a new era to enrich the lives of Cleveland’s West Side youth and future generations to come.  Here are some images of that day.

the dawn of a new era is about to begin

Let’s build success together

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phase one

january-June 2022

Signed Lease
Architect Feedback and Renderings
City Approval
Launch Comprehensive Campaign

phase Two

july- october 2022

Hiring, Planning, and Recruitment
Certificate of Occupancy
Move In

phase Three

november and beyond

Grand opening
Comprehensive Fundraising
Program Implementation

El sistema

A mastery-based orchestral program for youth which provides instruction from classically trained artists with a focus on deep learning and social-emotional development through 90 minutes of daily, leveled classes and sectionals.


preschool programs

Rainey’s exploratory early childhood arts programs offer local preschool classes the opportunity to experience rotating classes in music, creative movement, and art, helping them with important developmental and pre-academic skills.

more programs

Our newly redesigned teen program can find a home at the Pivot Center, private lessons and Saturday classes will commence, and summer offerings will get students working with many partners at the Pivot Center.

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Major Gifts are being accepted for naming opportunities within our space.

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