June 24, 2014
Mayor Cranley and ArtWorks kick off Summer Program
Group celebrates 19 years of providing youth employment
Mayor John Cranley and ArtWorks today announced the launch of ArtWorks’ 2014 Summer Program. A total of 145 youth apprentices, ages 14-21, have been hired to create art and community projects around Greater Cincinnati this summer.
Seven new murals designed by local artists will be included among this year’s projects.
Since the neighborhood mural program was launched in partnership with the City of Cincinnati in 2007, ArtWorks has hired area youth to paint 68 murals in 34 Cincinnati neighborhoods and six nearby cities. After this summer, the total count will be 75 murals located in 36 Cincinnati neighborhoods.
"Robust youth employment programming is crucial to Cincinnati’s future. Summer jobs, like those ArtWorks provides, create opportunities for our youth to earn money, develop professional skills and begin on the path to a satisfying career," says Mayor Cranley.
"ArtWorks youth apprentices transform neighborhoods with public art that makes Cincinnati beautiful and unique," the Mayor added. "It’s a great civic investment on many levels."
ArtWorks' mural program is a part of the City of Cincinnati’s Summer Youth Employment Program. This summer, new murals will be painted in neighborhoods including Bond Hill, downtown, Avondale, Roll Hill and Over-the-Rhine.
Beyond the mural program, ArtWorks youth apprentices will be working on 10 arts-based, community impact projects.
Some highlights include: The creation of superhero capes for critically ill children; a light-based art installation at the Cincinnati Art Museum with artist Tony Luensman; and the transformation of 88 Metro bus shelters into photo-based public art exhibits with renowned photographer, Richard Renaldi.
In addition to hiring 145 youth apprentices, ArtWorks will also employ 45 professional artists to lead public art projects and serve as mentors to the youth apprentices.
Currently, ArtWorks is the largest employer of visual artists in the region. Since, 2013, ArtWorks has injected $1.1 million in wages back into the local economy through its employment of teens and professional artists.
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers and inspires the creative community to transform everyday environments through employment, apprenticeships, education, community partnerships, and civic engagement. ArtWorks is generously funded by many community supporters including the City of Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation, ArtsWave, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. To learn more or to support ArtWorks, visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.
For more information, contact Kevin Osborne, Director of Communications, at 513-516-1966.