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.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.