A Curriculum Enhancement for High School Fine Arts and Engineering Students

The Umbrella Project

Project Themes

Love, Peace and Kindness
Mental Health, Physical Health and Intellectual Health



Lake Erie College Gallery Open House
February 20th, 2022

Great Lakes Mall
March 14th-April 14th


Singing in the Rain
Great Lakes Mall
April 23rd, 2022
2 pm to 5 pm


LEAF is the first organization in Ohio to adopt The Umbrella Project

The Umbrella Project is a nonprofit, global children’s art initiative. Its mission is to teach students that they can make a difference in their world through art and engineering.  By using a recent, relevant and impactful theme that influences others and inspires creativity, art students paint on white umbrellas with non-toxic waterproof fabric pigment markers, sharing their artistic images with the community. Engineering students draft and create umbrella display prototypes that safely enhance the umbrellas design. Together, the artistic creation impacts community engagement.  Students gain self-esteem by knowing that the money raised with their one-of-a-kind artistic creations will fund a non-profit helping local students and families in their post-secondary journey.

On Display Now

Featured Work

Wake Up

Artist Sophie
Aurora High School


Artist Pauline
Madison High School

One Beautiful Planet
with ALL its Beautiful People

Artist Isabella
Riverside High School

Coming Up

Upcoming Exhibitions

Lake Erie Gallery Open House

at Royce Hall for the Fine & Performing Arts
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
1 pm to 3 pm

Great Lakes Mall

March 14th, 2022-April 14th, 2022
Umbrella Project Fine Arts
Umbrella Engineering
on Display

Singing in the Rain

April 23rd, 2022

2 pm to 5 pm

Announcement of the LEAF Umbrella Project Fine Arts and Engineering Scholarship Winners


Opportunity to BID on ANY of the TOP25 Student-Designed Umbrellas

Umbrella Project


March 14th, 2022~April 14th, 2022

In 2016, LEAF proposed to display student created umbrella artwork in a public venue for students, their parents and the general public to enjoy and appreciate. At that time, the Great Lakes Mall became a partner in The Umbrella Project. This was the perfect venue, but needed a method or equipment to be designed to hang umbrellas from the mall rafters. A problem needed a solution.

This problem became the perfect project for high school engineering students to solve. They evaluate criteria and constraints, brainstorm and sketch options, design a prototype within a prescribed budget, build and test the prototype, pass a safety inspection and implement their design with maintenance employees at the Great Lakes Mall. This is a real-life problem based engineering project where students design the solution.




Scholarship Opportunities

LEAF Scholarships
Umbrella Fine Arts 
1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $500

LEAF Scholarships
Umbrella Engineering
1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $500

Sponsor Scholarships
Lighthouse Advisers
Choice Award $500


Lake Erie College
Fine Arts Scholarship
(for future enrolled Fine Art Students)
Top 25 Umbrellas  $1,000
Top 7 Umbrellas  $2,000


Scholarships are awarded directly to College/University
 (not to artist or engineer)

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