Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Notwithstanding ordinance allows for more MuralWorks murals

Cincinnati City Council has passed a notwithstanding ordinance allowing for the painting of new murals without going through the permitting process through December 31, 2010.

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.

According to the ordinance, the program plans on hiring approximately 80 youth apprentices this year.

The ordinance also states that the program will use $120,000 in City funding, which has been leveraged to obtain over $400,000 in private funding.

Mural sites have not been announced for the 2009 year, but ArtWorks does say that the program will be expanded to Newport and Covington.

Photo credit: Price Hill mural at 3206 Warsaw Avenue, 2007, courtesy of ArtWorks

Previous reading on BC:
Video shows young muralists describing 'Campy' (7/21/08)
Not everyone loves 'Campy Washington' (7/17/08)