Ohio City Health Center Art Celebrates 'Unity in Diversity'
- Ohio City Art 1Mural – Music in the Metropark, Sara Bicknell and Kathleen Marcotte, Unibrow Society
- Ohio City Art 5Fresh Fest Cleveland - Portraits, Da’Shaunae Marisa
- 2020-dm-cle202002.jpgFresh Fest Cleveland - Portraits, Da’Shaunae Marisa
- Ohio City Art 8Rochelle Smith, RN, Manager, Ohio City Health Center, reacts to the new art.
- Ohio City Art 10Portrait Series, Andrew Weller
- Ohio City Art 7Portrait Series, Andrew Weller
- Ohio City Art 6pRide, Leandro Castelao
- Ohio City Art 4Vase with Fall Flowers, Liz Maugans
- Ohio City Art 9Reading on the Window Sill, Jackson Joyce
- Ohio City Art 3Flower #3, #2, #5, #10, Erin Garcia
At MetroHealth, we’re about more than medical care. We believe in lifting communities.
One way we do that is through the arts.
Look no further than the diverse collection taking shape at our new Ohio City Health Center at Urban Community School. About 80% of the art at the facility comes from local artists or those with Cleveland connections, including many from the West Side neighborhoods served by the new health center.
“We’re always looking to support local artists as much as we can,” said Linda Jackson, Director of Arts in Health at MetroHealth. “The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many of their livelihoods, but we’ve been able to provide them with some much-needed revenue at this very difficult time.”
Curated and procured by Jackson’s Arts in Health team and LAND studio, the Ohio City collection carries the theme “Unity in Diversity.” The theme emerged after brainstorming sessions with various stakeholders – patients, community partners and MetroHealth caregivers.
It’s a fitting theme for the collection given the rich diversity – racially, ethnically and culturally – of the Ohio City neighborhood. It also reflects the diverse roster of services offered at the facility.
As for the unity piece, look to the partnership between UCS and MetroHealth – one rooted in a shared vision for the improving the health of the community.
“We want people to feel like they belong and that they’re welcome here,” Jackson added. “Artwork can play just as significant a role in that as it does in healing.”