CINCINNATI—ArtWorks, known for their award-winning mural program, is preparing to celebrate a major milestone. On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 10:00AM, Vice Mayor David Mann and Councilmember Yvette Simpson will officially proclaim October as “Mural Month” in the City of Cincinnati.
WHAT: Office of Mayor John Cranley & Cincinnati City Council Officially Proclaim October as Mural Month in Cincinnati
WHEN: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, 10:00AM
WHERE: Henry Holtgrewe: The Cincinnati Strong Man Mural, 1215 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202—Over-the-Rhine
WHY: Because Our City Is a Gallery! ArtWorks murals have helped beautify Cincinnati, celebrate its charm and history, and inspire residents and visitors to the region. Greater Cincinnatians can now enjoy 90+ murals created by ArtWorks and its teams of professional artists and youth Apprentices (and there’s many more to come in the years ahead thanks to the support of the City of Cincinnati and others!)
To celebrate October officially becoming Mural Month in Cincinnati, ArtWorks is hosting a series of special events during the month of October, including the launch of ArtWorks guided mural tours, led by ArtWorks youth Apprentices and adult volunteer guides.
About ArtWorks Mural Program: ArtWorks’ award-winning mural program has helped to produce 90 murals in 36 Cincinnati neighborhoods and seven nearby cities. ArtWorks’ goal is to create at least one mural in all of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. Since 1996, more than 2,500 youth Apprentices, ages 14-21, from throughout the entire tri-state region have been hired to transform our region by creating large-scale, high-quality murals and other visual and creative arts projects. To date, ArtWorks murals now adorn more than 135,000 square feet of wall space in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. ArtWorks is the region’s largest employer of visual artists, injecting more than $1.1MM into the local economy in the form of wages every two years.
About ArtWorks’ Guided Mural Tours: Beginning Saturday, October 4th, two public mural tours, The Spirit of OTR and Cincinnati Masters & More will meet and commence outside the Coffee Emporium in Over-the-Rhine and then wind through the historic streets of the Queen City. The Spirit of OTR mural tour starts at 12:00PM and the Cincinnati Masters and More mural tour begins at 2:00PM. Both walking tours last about an hour and a half and feature 7 to 10 ArtWorks murals. ArtWorks’ youth Apprentice mural painters, paired with knowledgeable adult volunteers, will lead the tours explaining how the murals are made and their connection to the Cincinnati community. The Spirit of OTR mural tour ends at Washington Park and the Cincinnati Masters and More mural tour ends at Fountain Square (guides will walk interested guests back to Coffee Emporium.) The Mural Tours will take place on Saturdays in October and November. Advanced Purchased Tickets are required for all tours; $20 for adults, children under 12 are free. To make a mural tour reservation, purchase tickets or schedule a private mural tour visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.
About ArtWorks: 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 2,500 area youth Apprentices and 700 professional artists, and has trained over 200 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, the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign, and the Ohio Arts Council. To learn more or to support ArtWorks, visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.