Not to many people would now that 1oo years ago in Midtown, Cleveland the Rainey Institute was founded by a pioneering social worker, Anna Edwards, and a philanthropist, Eleanor B. Rainey.
At the time Mrs Rainey was deeply impressed by the work being accomplished, and decided to finance Miss Edwards’ program, and pay for the construction of a building to house its operations. This building near the intersection of East 55th Street and Superior Avenue in Cleveland is still the home of what was named the Rainey Institute in her honor.
Rainey’s history spans the earliest years of the car, electricity, the telephone, two world wars, a depression and the wondrous advances of medicine and technology. Yet through all these changes, families are still drawn together by theatre arts, educational opportunities, friendships, and the joy of achievement.
Rainey Institute continues to celebrate the talents and strong character of Cleveland’s young people who use their outstanding abilities to provide quality artistic experiences for appreciative audiences.