LAND studio and Metro Health are working with visual artist Amber Ford to create photography exhibitions with the children of the neighborhoods.
LAND studio is a catalyst, convener, and collaborator. For more than thirty years, we have managed a wide range of public art installations, cultural programming, and civic space development projects across the city of Cleveland.
LAND seeks to better reflect Cleveland’s diverse neighborhoods in our work by: Fostering authentic community engagement and trust by inviting meaningful participation in the development and stewardship of public spaces, creating and maintaining equitable opportunities for artists and designers by removing barriers to participation that exist because of race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, or the community in which they live, building a diverse staff, board, and network of collaborators, and establishing an organizational culture of inclusion through nurturing an environment where everyone is valued.
Our Mission: To embed visual, performing and therapeutic arts throughout The MetroHealth System to promote healing, wellness, and increased engagement among patients, families, caregivers, and the greater community. Our Vision:We will be arts in health leaders transforming our environment and experience through community arts programs and artists-in-residence for the benefit of patients, families, caregivers and overall public health. The performing and visual arts have a positive, transformative impact on health and quality of life in and outside of MetroHealth’s walls. Patients, caregivers, and the broader community benefit from an integrated approach to the arts and health through dedicated physical space and programs. Our Center for Arts in Health at MetroHealth is dedicated to transforming health and healing through the arts. We integrate the arts in a variety of settings: in our hospital, our clinics, our health centers, and our neighborhoods. Through music, dance, theater, visual arts, and community arts programs, artists create a truly extraordinary MetroHealth experience.
Amber N. Ford is an artist and freelance photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. While Ford’s practice is primarily in digital photography, she continues to explore other mediums such as alternative photographic processes, printmaking and collage art. Ford’s work in portraiture has gained national notoriety appearing in publication such as The Atlantic and Washington Post and she has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the Kent State University Museum, Transformer Station, SPACES Gallery, Youngstown State University and more.
Her work explores Blackness, identity and culture while questioning the accepted idealized conceptualization of “truth”. Ford describes her artistic practice as a “collaborative engagement between photographer and sitter,” wherein she, the photographer, establishes a platform to which the sitter constructs themselves. This allows the sitter to show up how they would like to be seen, unapologetically, and engages them in the conversation her works prompts.
Amber N. Ford was a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2017, and selected as a 2019 Gordon Square Arts District Artist-In-Residence for her outstanding achievements in photography. Her community-based photographic mural, “This Story is Mines and Ours” is located along the north wall of the Gordon Square Arcade on Alger Court. Ford was also a 2022 moCa Cleveland Artist-in-Residence where she is exploring the duality of dying and healing.