ArtWorks Supporters Can Have Their Donations Doubled, Thanks to a $25,000 Challenge Grant from The George and Margaret McLane Foundation

Online donations made to ArtWorks via will be matched dollar for dollar to help fund five mural projects this summer.


Cincinnati (June 2, 2015)—As ArtWorks gears up to launch its summer mural program in June, the arts-based youth employment agency announced today that it is getting a generous boost from The George and Margaret McLane Foundation in the form of a $25,000 matching grant.  Over a nine-week period from mid-May to mid-August, donors who contribute online to ArtWorks through the crowd-funding platform will have their donations matched one to one. Money raised by individual donors and matched by the challenge grant will help fund five murals set to be painted this summer by local ArtWorks Youth Apprentices, ages 14-21.


Chris Wheeler, Executive Director of The McLane Foundation says, “We are glad to see our pledge to ArtWorks working, not only to support the organization and the youth it serves, but also to encourage individuals to help fund the life-changing employment programs ArtWorks provides for our City’s youth.”


To provide donors with options for contributing to ArtWorks, five mural projects have been selected to receive matching support from The McLane Foundation of up to $5,000 each. The murals are:


  • The Brewery District Mural, celebrating the Brewing Heritage Trail and the Northern Liberties
  • The James Brown Mural, highlighting Cincinnati’s contribution to the career of James Brown
  • The Cincinnati Cobra Mural, commemorating legendary local boxer, Ezzard Charles
  • The Evanston Community Mural, celebrating the neighborhood’s rich past, present & future
  • The CincyInk Mini-Mural Installation, illustrating stanzas from the crowd-sourced love letter to Cincinnati in 36 locations throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine.


Individual supporters in greater Cincinnati have leveraged matching grants through projects to contribute more than $100,000 to ArtWorks and other area not-for-profits since the website was unveiled in 2013.


To donate to ArtWorks through The McLane Foundation matching grant, visit To learn more about ArtWorks and their summer projects, please visit


About The George and Margaret McLane Foundation: The George and Margaret McLane Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that was established in 2011 by the estate of Wilhelmina McLane in accordance with her wishes. The McLane Foundation is committed to building community and improving people’s lives by supporting organizations that: prepare children for success in school and college readiness, helping them meet their education and career goals; strive to enrich people’s lives through creative arts and the humanities; protect and advance the lives of people in vulnerable populations; promote the welfare of animals, no-kill shelters, spay/neuter programs, and cruelty prevention.


About power2give:, created by the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, is an online cultural marketplace designed to connect donors with projects they are passionate about. Specifically, the site allows cultural organizations to post and promote projects in need of funding and invites donors to contribute directly to the projects that are most intriguing to them. Launched in August 2011, is operational in 24 communities around the US, with further nationwide expansion on the way. In aggregate, these communities have raised over $5,000,000 for arts and culture, funding more than 2,080 local projects.


About ArtWorks: Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers and inspires the creative community to transform our everyday environments through employment, apprenticeships, education, community partnerships, and civic engagement.  The ArtWorks Public Art Initiative creates innovative works that enrich Greater Cincinnati while providing job opportunities to youth and professional artists.  ArtWorks’ ArtRx transforms the lives of patients and their families through the healing power of art. Through Creative Enterprise, CO.STARTERS provides training and business courses to creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks has provided job opportunities for more than 2,700 youth Apprentices and 700 professional artists, and has graduated 250 creative entrepreneurs and artisans from CO.STARTERS. 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



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