Linda Fernandez is a visual artist and educator who believes that art is a powerful tool and envisions its potential to drive social change. She is a founding member of Amber Art and Design, an artist collective based in Philadelphia that focuses on community engagement and public art. Their work is inspired by histories of people and places and seeks to encourage dialogue about race, class and equity in cities.
An alumni of National Urban Fellows, she is passionate about the connection between the arts and public service. In 2018 she received the Philip J. Rutledge award for her research on the role of artists in anti-displacement.
Linda’s artistic practice is rooted in collaboration. Her work involves coordinating the creative exchange of messages, artwork and personal artifacts between people across physical, social and cultural divides. As a result, interactions through exchange create solidarity, unity and a sense of belonging which are important human needs. These collaborative works bring multiple voices, ideas and dreams to the table.