The Clark-Fulton neighborhood will host the 5th Annual La Placita summer series on three Saturdays this summer! In 2019, La Placita events will be held on June 15th, July 20th, and August 17th from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 3104 West 25th Street. La Placita (the marketplace) is a celebration of the intersection of culture and commerce. The event is dedicated to fostering Cleveland’s rich Latino culture and promoting economic development in La Villa Hispana, a placemaking initiative within the Clark-Fulton neighborhood focused around the intersection of Clark Avenue and West 25th. A tool for authentic community development, La Placita paves the way for local minority entrepreneurs and artists to showcase their products and talents. This year’s events are especially important, as many of the participating entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to transition their businesses into a permanent space within El Mercado, a micro-retail business incubator projected to open in La Villa Hispana in 2020. The June event will include live music and performances by Los Tres Sonidos, New Genesis and Grupo Kawakan, latin dance lessons, a presentation of Miss Latina Image, and interactive art by Tanya Gonzalez. Top event sponsors include Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, The MetroHealth System, Jumpstart, Third Federal Bank, Lifebanc, Dollar Bank, Cleveland Clinic, and City Architecture.