Monday, October 12, 2009

Building official gets go-ahead for six MuralWorks sites

Late last month, Cincinnati City Council passed a notwithstanding ordinance to allow for MuralWorks murals to be painted at six Cincinnati locations.

The ordinance authorizes the chief building official to issue permits for murals at 2392 Wheeler Street in Clifton Heights, 3841 Spring Grove Avenue in Northside, 3564 Montgomery Road in Evanston, 2114 Madison Road in O'Bryonville, 1733 Dirr Street in South Cumminsville, and SORTA Bridge 3.92 (Delta Avenue, Columbia Tusculum).

The Wheeler Street mural – in addition to murals at 1109 Vine Street and 1308 Race Street in Over-the-Rhine – have already been completed.

MuralWorks, a program administered through ArtWorks, pairs professional and teenage artists with community members to create transformative works of public art on blank walls throughout the City's neighborhoods.

Approximately 80 youth are participating in this year's program.

The program is funded with $120,000 from the City, which has leveraged more than $400,000 in private grants.

Since 2007, 21 murals have been completed in 15 Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Maya Drozdz.

Previous reading on BC:
Notwithstanding ordinance allows for more MuralWorks murals (12/17/08)
Video shows young muralists describing 'Campy' (7/21/08)
Not everyone loves 'Campy Washington' (7/17/08)