2014 marks ArtWorks’ 19th year of summer youth employment in the City of Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (June 24, 2014)—Mayor John Cranley and ArtWorks announced today the launch of ArtWorks’ 2014 Summer Program in which 147 local youth Apprentices, ages 14-21, have been hired to create art and community impact around Greater Cincinnati this summer. Seven new murals designed by local artists will be included amongst this year’s projects. Since ArtWorks’ mural program was launched in partnership with the City of Cincinnati in 2007, ArtWorks has hired area youth to paint 68 murals in 34 Cincinnati neighborhoods and six nearby cities. After this summer, the total count will be 75 murals located in 36 Cincinnati neighborhoods.
“Robust youth employment programming is crucial to Cincinnati’s future. Summer jobs, like those ArtWorks provides, create opportunities for our youth to earn money, develop professional skills, and begin on the path to a satisfying career,” says Mayor Cranley. “ArtWorks youth Apprentices transform neighborhoods with public art that makes Cincinnati beautiful and unique. It’s a great civic investment on many levels.”
ArtWorks’ mural program is a part of the City of Cincinnati’s summer youth employment initiative, Y2Work. This summer, new murals will be painted in several Cincinnati neighborhoods, including Bond Hill, Downtown, Avondale, the Villages at Roll Hill and Over-the-Rhine.
Beyond the mural program, ArtWorks youth Apprentices will be working on 10 arts-based, community impact projects this summer. Some highlights include: the co-creation of 150 superhero capes for critically ill children at Cincinnati Children’s and the Ronald McDonald House; a light-based art installation at the Cincinnati Art Museum with local artist Tony Luensman; and the transformation of 88 Metro bus shelters into a photo-based public art exhibit with renowned photographer, Richard Renaldi. (See attachment for a complete list of projects this summer.)
In addition to hiring youth Apprentices, ArtWorks will also employ 45 professional artists to lead public art projects and serve as mentors to the youth Apprentices. Currently, ArtWorks is the largest employer of visual artists in the region. Since 2012, ArtWorks has injected $1.4M in wages back into the local economy through its employment of teens and professional artists.
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. 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 2,500 youth artists and 500 professional artists, and has graduated 200+ creative entrepreneurs and artisans. 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 ArtWorksCincinnati.org.