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Flags. More than a simple declaration of “YOU ARE HERE,” these markers function to say something about the landscape, their creator and the people that choose to display them proudly. What does it mean when one displays a banner from their homeland, while they are stationed far away – and why do they do it? There is something about a place that shapes one’s vision and their work.
In our region, our flag – our badge, our moniker – is one of mixed emotions. Clevelander. When existing within her boarders we can look at that label as tinged with antiquity, cynicism, despair. Or opportunity, change, flexibility and support. Our choice. For those of us that have lived or traveled elsewhere, Clevelander often has a completely different meaning. It speaks of hard work and perseverance. It speaks of rock and roll and professional sports. It doesn’t spark images of glamour as other places might, but more and more it is less something to poke fun at. It’s changing – it’s a badge of pride.
If you’re a native, transplant, boomerang or export – think about what Cleveland has done for you. Speak of her fondly when you can. Understand that whether you live here now or not, this place has had an impact on your life – never take it for granted.
Clevelander: A name for the curious, the passionate, the dreamers and the makers. Also refers to our most valuable imported or exported commodity: our people. Carry the Cleveland flag proudly.
Eric & Hallie Kogelschatz,
TEDxCLE Founders & Curators, 5 Years & Counting