Cleveland's Next Literary Hot Spot? Vacant Lots

It's the pimped-out version of a game that an imaginative 9-year-old might already play: bringing scenes from favorite children's books to life in a vacant lot. This summer, in empty lots near libraries in Cleveland, a group of urban planners, artists, designers, nonprofits, and librarians will create interactive exhibits based on books in a new project called Literary Lots.

The lots will be filled with books (naturally), and will feature readings, and writing classes, in addition to providing interactive games for kids. Artists will build the exhibits, inspired by adventures, themes, or places from selected books.

The project's up on Kickstarter now to raise funds to rent out the lots and hire staff to run the programs. Support it here, and check out the video below.

This project was featured in GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative projects.

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Illustration by Julia Kuo courtesy of Strategic Urban Solutions