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    INTER|URBAN Art Blitz Uplifts RTA Red Line


    19 artists descended on Cleveland the first week in June to create a dozen new large-scale outdoor art installations along the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Red Line. These artists were chosen for the Land Studio INTER|URBAN project including nine from Cleveland, eight from across the United States and two from overseas.
     
    “It will be literally uplifting,“said curator Fred Bidwell of Peter Larson’s work, one of the artists chosen for the Red Line Installation. Larson’s contribution includes images of Clevelanders posed and holding up the ceilings of the RTA station platform at Tower City Center. The images are wrapped on the columns on the station platform in heat-applied vinyl.
     


    INTER|URBAN is a city-wide initiative to create an experience that connects public transit riders physically, socially, and culturally. Serving as a primary gateway into the City of Cleveland for visitors and workers arriving downtown from the airport and from downtown to East Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) Red Line transit corridor previously did not make the best first impression for Cleveland. Creating a collection of large-scale murals along this transit route not only transforms the corridor and provides riders with a more positive experience but also helps to combat graffiti, eliminate blight, support local neighborhoods and businesses while showcasing the talents of artists in a highly visible location.
     
    Linda Krecic, of RTA media relations, said "This is being designed really with the riders in mind." 
     
    "You could travel every line of the RTA and see the world's longest art exhibition," art collector and philanthropist Fred Bidwell said in a previous interview about the project.
     
    The INTER|URBAN art blitz project, coordinated by the nonprofit LAND Studio, was funded by a $150,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation plus $357,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).
     
    L.A.N.D. Studio is a community based nonprofit organization with over 30 years of experience in leading civic projects that result in engaging and artful public spaces. To this end, L.A.N.D. Studio developed the INTER|URBAN plan for implementing and promoting a collection of art installations along the RTA’s Red Line route between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Tower City and from Tower City out to East Cleveland—completed before the Republican National Convention (RNC).
     
    “The INTER|URBAN serves as a platform for creative expression, world-class experiences, and community programming. L.A.N.D. Studio partnered with the City of Cleveland, RTA, NOACA, Anisfeld-Wolf and The Cleveland Foundation. The vision for the project is deeply rooted in Cleveland and driven by a literary backbone allowing artists to create distinctive artworks that are all tied to a common narrative. Bringing to life themes inspired by the winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the art series will draw from the city’s rich literary history.”
     
    Faith47, one of the chosen artists, said her main motivation for the project was “…the idea of bringing something fantastic into everyday life.”
     
    The 19 artist participating were chosen from 293 candidates from around the world and selected by Hawaiin artist Jasper Wong and Cleveland collector and philanthropist Fred Bidwell. Karen Long, who oversees the Anisfield-Wolf awards, advised the project. To find out more about the artists involved, please check out this link.
     
    The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are the annual prizes bestowed to writers who challenge and explore racism and diversity in their work. It is the only prize of its kind in the country. 


    For more information in regards to this project and the City's involvement please contact Briana Butler at 216.664.2202.