Inner City Hues
About the Work
Over the past several years, LAND studio has received funding through the St. Luke’s Foundation to help facilitate and implement public art projects, greenspace improvements, and park programming activities throughout the greater Buckeye neighborhoods to better connect residents to their commercial districts, transit centers, natural resources, and other neighborhood assets. LAND studio has also partnered with organizations and community groups also doing work in the Saint Luke’s service area in an effort to leverage existing investments.
Inner City Hues is a collaborative public art project to bring visual art to existing surfaces, buildings, vacant walls and abandoned properties primarily along the Buckeye Road and Kinsman Road commercial corridors. The project matches a local artist with one of these properties. The artists will work in collaboration with residents and community stakeholders to conceptualize, design, and deliver a public art installation at the chosen location. Community events and artist workshops are planned throughout this process to provide residents a chance to engage in the project by both helping shape the final product and exposing people of all ages and abilities to neighborhood arts and arts programming.
1) To enliven a commercial corridor by creating visual and cultural vibrancy while reflecting the neighborhood’s voice and identity
2) To create both a model and a platform for community participation and dialogue in public art planning, implementation, and programming
3) To build a network/collaborative of local artists to generate greater and more equitable access to arts resources and investment opportunities.
The Marigolds is a photographic installation that features full-length portraits of the Arrington-Byrd-Moss family. Influenced by the symbolism of marigolds in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye", The Marigolds is a social commentary on the fragility of black life and the resilience of black families against anti-black racism.
The installation depicts three generations of Buckeye residents who live and love freely in one of Cleveland's most racially segregated and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Marigolds is a visual metaphor for family, vitality, and the right to exist.
Donald Black Jr., Ali McClain, and Gabriel Gonzalez work as the collective acerbic to create site-responsive projects that include video, vinyl wall murals, photography, writing, and sculpture. Emerging from a process of research and social engagement, their work often addresses the structural forms of racism, violence, and discrimination that affect Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods.
Amanda King is an activist artist who is elevating the voices of Cleveland teens through the arts. She is the founder and creative director of Shooting Without Bullets, a revolutionary movement for black and brown teens that employs photography, design and hip-hop performance to combat social injustices.
Amanda serves as the youth advocate on the Cleveland Community Police Commission.
Amanda received her B.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College (2011) and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2017). Her activism has been recognized by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law as a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for following in character and conduct the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Diane Ethics award for demonstrating in academic, professional and extracurricular activities the best understanding of the ethics and ideals of the profession and the Dean’s Award For Community Service for her commitment to enriching the lives of others in the Greater Cleveland Area and serving as an example to those within and outside the legal profession.
Prior to attending law school, Amanda worked as a fashion editorial assistant in New York City.
Donald Black, Jr.
Learn more about the artists and the project here https://www.innercityhues.org/