BAYarts receives grant for sensory garden

BAYarts is adding a Sensory Garden to its beautifully landscaped campus.

BAYarts' Community Sensory Garden project is nearing its funding goal thanks to a Bay Village Foundation grant of $15,000 over three years. The grant was announced at the foundation's annual Memorial Day reception.

"The Bay Village Foundation has supported so many of BAYarts' projects over the years that otherwise wouldn't be possible," said BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton, "including all wonderful summer programming BAYarts is able to offer free to the community each year."

The Sensory Garden is a labor of love and inspiration designed to accommodate accessibility and individuals with special sensory needs. Located behind the Karen Ryel Ceramic Studio, it will also serve as an outdoor "classroom" and be accessible to all park visitors. BAYarts is collaborating with Ground Works Land Design who share the same passion for community projects that inspire and endure. "Ground Works has created a design that is going to be another stunning addition to the BAYarts campus," said Beth Milli, BAYarts' Director of Operations.

With additional funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, local families, and individuals, BAYarts is hoping to raise the additional funds needed to complete the project through naming rights of garden features including an entrance arbor and gate, benches, water features and mini-library and more. Visit for details.

Marissa Siebert

Marissa Siebert, Marketing Manager

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 8:41 AM, 06.06.2023