Great Lakes Mall will be the background for the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) display of unique artistic umbrellas now through mid-April. The LEAF Umbrella Project is a one-a-kind installation that will feature nearly 70 student-painted umbrellas hanging from the skylights throughout the center.
As part of the project, 130 local high school students from eight high schools teamed up to design and paint their own interpretation of the theme “Our Community” onto plain, white umbrellas using waterproof markers. The student-designed umbrellas will be judged by volunteer community artists to determine the winning teams. In addition, each umbrella team will participate in a crowd-funding event. The first and second place teams will win a $1,500 or $1,000 college scholarship, respectively.
The display of these uniquely designed umbrellas would not be possible without the work of the high school engineering students at the Lake Shore Compact, a technical education consortium of Euclid, Wickliffe and Mentor High Schools. The CAD/Engineering students designed and engineered the umbrella display holders that will be installed throughout Great Lakes Mall. Their ingenuity will be rewarded, as one engineering team will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from LEAF.
The LEAF Umbrella Project will culminate with a live umbrella auction and “Singing in the Rain” fashion show on Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Great Lakes Mall. The top five student teams, along with 20 local community artists, will walk the runway with their uniquely designed works of art on their umbrella canvas.