Initiate Studios is a creative programming and design outreach start-up studio based in Cleveland, Ohio developed to facilitate collaborative crossroads of dialogue and action for community building through human-centered visioning, development and mentoring. It is our belief that doing something, anything, changes everything.  The key point is to Start!  Start to care, start to think, start to engage, start to inspire, start to be, start to create… Initiate!





A few years back the inaugural Black Women in Architecture Brunch was planned and coordinated by Architect Katherine Williams.  This past year the brunch was held in Washington DC following the AIA’s Women’s Leadership Summit.  In October, Cleveland will join in the fun and host a similar event for the architecture + design communities for a brunch of networking and sharing.  This brunch invites architects, designers and students of the like together for a chance to meet and mingle over food and drink.

The Why?

The Directory of African American Architects currently records the names of 11 AA Women in the state of Ohio, majority of whom are in the Cleveland area, nationally the 450 mark was just passed.  These 11 women continue to be trailblazers in the profession and serve as motivation to those following behind.    The diversity in the design field as a whole is also slowly changing, 3.5% (2016 statistic) of interior designers are AA, though in small numbers, black architects and designers do exist!  And they are here, working across many fields, traditionally and non, locally and beyond.

Ticket prices: [All food and drinks are included in the ticket price]

$20 (early bird by 9/17)

$25 (after 9/17)

Interested in sponsoring:

$150 sponsorships available.  Sponsors will received event recognition as well as logo placement on website and printed materials.  Download sponsorship letter here.

Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at

For more information or questions, please contact Michele Crawford @


*Post updated 9/8/18




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Call for Artist

Initiate Studios invites artists to submit work for a pop-up exhibition showcasing original artwork in various mediums that represent the theme: “Imprints” It is an open call-to-individuals curated by Cleveland- based artist and designer Michele Crawford.  The goal of the call is to foster a relationship with creatives who want to share how they have been …