Welcome to CollectivExpress

Empowering Greater Cleveland Through Community, Culture, and Connection

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Community. Mobilized. ​

Welcome to CollectivExpress, where we believe in the profound impact of community engagement, the arts, and shared experiences. Our mission is clear: to engage, unite, and empower marginalized residents of Greater Cleveland. Founded by Josiah Britt, our organization has evolved from a personal outlet into a powerful force of community empowerment throughout northeast Ohio.

Explore the roots of CollectivExpress, our founder’s vision, and meet the passionate individuals driving our initiatives. Learn how we’ve become a dynamic force for positive change in Northeast Ohio.

Our Story

It all started with a question: Can culture be used as an effective means to encourage and educate residents of Cleveland in their own community in order to empower them to increase their quality of life?

Josiah Britt spent the early part of 2017 putting together a small team of supporters and building a pilot summer outreach program, which launched CollectivExpress. Over time, the program continued to develop, inspired by Josiah’s musical past as an emcee in the local music scene. The program initially looked like pop-up family-friendly music parties, which included art activities for the community, kids’ activities, book giveaways, healthy food giveaways, materials to connect the community to local resources, and lots of encouragement. From there, CollectivExpress has continued to grow and evolve in both creative and effective ways to encourage and empower local residents in their own neighborhoods.

Additionally, our program menu now includes mission-driven music and visual arts experiences, as well as youth education workshops.

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Our Work

When the first program started on June 4, 2017, it became immediately clear that CollectivExpress wasn’t the only one who needed to speak – Cleveland’s residents also had something to say to their community. From that day forward, CollectivExpress has been a two-way street. 

Community – residents, neighbors, youth, friends and family – is the focus of each event and program CollectivExpress takes part in. Sharing dialogue, mentorship, music, culture, resources and meals together – that’s how we mobilize community.  

Through our programming, hundreds of residents have been engaged in their own community. As this organization continues on its mission, we hope that many more residents will take the microphone and leave with a renewed sense of what community should look and feel like. 

Collectiv Impact

100+

Community Programs

500+

Youth Programs

3000+

MyDot Pink Packs

7

Years In Service

Our Funders

Monthly Spotlights

Explore the vibrancy of Greater Cleveland through our Monthly Spotlights. From community gardens to impactful murals, these spotlights showcase the essence of our diverse neighborhoods.

Blog & Updates

Stay informed with our latest news, events, and initiatives. Follow our Music Speaks series and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of how we’re making a difference in the lives of Cleveland residents.

Annual Report

Dig into the details of our impact through our Annual Reports. These comprehensive documents highlight key achievements, showcase community growth, and outline our vision for the future.

Get in Touch

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions, feedback, or inquiries. Your thoughts are valuable, and we look forward to connecting with you.

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Contact Info

Our Email

collectivexpress@gmail.com

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