Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ten more murals coming this summer, regional total to 56

ArtWorks' MuralWorks program will produce ten more murals this summer, bringing the total to 56 produced by the youth summer employment program.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and ArtWorks Director Tamara Harkavy announced yesterday that 115 youth, ages 14 to 21, have been hired as apprentices to create new pieces of public art. Thirty-two professional artists have been enlisted to serve as leaders and mentors.

This summer's murals will be painted at:

MuralWorks was formed in 2007, and, in 2010, Mallory was honored for the program with a City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

"This program not only revitalizes neighborhoods with great pieces of public art, but it also puts our young people to work, teaching them how to work together to develop and implement large-scale projects,"Mallory said in a prepared release. "I am confident that the ArtWorks Summer Program will leave a positive impact on our city for years."

ArtWorks apprentice artists will also work on five additional public art projects this summer, including painting pigs as part of the Big Pig Gig, scanning the handprints of Cincinnati citizens to create a public art installation for this year's FOTOFOCUScelebration, and painting and restoring backdrops for the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's ArtReach program.

Partners in ArtWorks' summer projects include ProKids, Cincinnati Public Schools, Taft Museum of Art, Vision 2015, and Kroger.

Previous reading on BC:
Building official gets go-ahead for six MuralWorks sites (10/12/09)
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)