Artists Selected for 'Signs of the Times' Public Art Project
An engaged Cleveland is a healthier Cleveland, which is why MetroHealth is harnessing the voices of local artists through a new project – Signs of the Times – to explore deep-rooted issues affecting their communities.
As part of the Cleveland Foundation’s annual Creative Fusion residency, MetroHealth – in collaboration with LAND studio – called upon local artists to submit original artwork that would be displayed on yard signs throughout Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood near the health system’s Main Campus.
Artists were encouraged to explore the most pressing issues of our times, including the COVID-19 crisis, the Black Lives Matters movement and the quest for racial justice or the importance of civic engagement and democracy.
“The arts are such an important tool to elevate voices in our community,” said Linda Jackson, Director, Arts in Health, MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™. “Everyone in our community has a story, and it’s important for residents, businesses and everyone who lives, works and plays in Clark-Fulton and the surrounding neighborhoods to tell those stories.”
A committee of representatives from MetroHealth, LAND Studio, Metro West Community Development Organization and the community recently selected eight pieces of art to be printed as part of the project. They are:
Héctor Castellanos Lara
Do The Right Thing
Vidas Importan! / Black Lives Matter!
Heart of Gold
All of the submissions can be viewed on the Signs of the Times website.
In the coming weeks, signs will be available to residents and businesses to place in their yards or other publicly viewable locations, such as on a balcony. Signs will be designed to stay in place for up to four months. Stay tuned for more details.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.