Founded in 1996, ArtWorks trains and employs local youth and talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks’ vision is to be the creative and economic engine which unites citizens to transform our region through public art, such as their award-winning mural program, art therapy, and creative enterprise initiatives. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 3,000 area youth and 1,000 creative professionals, and has trained close to 300 creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks is grateful for the support of many individuals and organizations, including the City of Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, individual contributors to the ArtsWave community campaign, and the Ohio Arts Council.
This summer, we are excited to add over 10 murals to our city's landscape, but we need your help to ensure these projects come to life. Learn more below and select an ArtWorks project to support today!
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About ArtWorks's Murals & Youth Employment Program
Since ArtWorks' mural program launched in 2007, over 100 large-scale public murals have been added to Cincinnati’s landscape and more than 150,000 square feet of previously blank and often blighted walls have been transformed into outdoor canvases. With each brush stroke, wall-by-wall, community-by-community, ArtWorks is busy making Our City a Gallery! But, that’s only half the magic of ArtWorks' award-winning mural program.
How the murals are created is even more magical: local teens! That’s right; each summer, area teens (14-21years old) work as youth Apprentices alongside local professional artists. Together, they transform Greater Cincinnati with each new mural.
Create their Future. Create our City.
When you support ArtWorks' mural program, you are helping to shape the future of local youth. Over half of the youth Apprentices ArtWorks hires to paint murals come from low-income households. Teens, who are recruited from over 50 area schools and 60 surrounding neighborhoods, often report that ArtWorks was their first employer. Not only do these teens transform our region with beautiful art, as Apprentices they also build relationships, problem-solve collaboratively, develop presentation skills, and even attend financial literacy training workshops. By providing meaningful work experiences and critical wages for Cincinnati’s youth, you are directly impacting the lives of local teens and position them for a more positive future. Simultaneously, your impact leaves behind a lasting impression on our cityscape – due to the high quality materials and preparation methods used, ArtWorks murals will last for 20+ years!
“I was afforded the opportunity to gain connections and valuable experience necessary for success in my future while being paid to do something I am truly passionate about and enjoy.” – Antonio Wooten, Jr., ArtWorks youth Apprentice, age 17