Cincinnati, Ohio has once again gained national attention over its public art scene. USA Today’s 10Best has launched its 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards and the Queen City has appeared on the ranks for a second year.
A panel of travel experts chose 20 U.S. cities with thriving street art communities to be voted on by the public. Cincinnati joins other metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. People can vote once per day, per category until polls close on Monday, July 4 at noon ET. The top 10 winners in each category will be announced on Friday, July 15.
ArtWorks has created public art in Cincinnati since 1996 (despite the USA TODAY’s typo). Since its inaugural summer, the organization has worked with local and internationally-known artists to create over 14,000 public and private art projects – including its renowned murals. In 2007, ArtWorks’ mural program was launched. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is currently home to over 230 ArtWorks murals. Other favored public projects by the nonprofit include sculptures like the Sing the Queen City sign by Tommy Sheehan, large fiberglass pigs from the Big Pig Gig, and sculptural bike racks.
What makes these projects shine so bright? The answer lies behind the who. Thousands of youth, emerging, and professional artists created this outdoor gallery or street art with ArtWorks over the years. Both Cincinnati and ArtWorks projects are unique because of the nonprofit’s workforce development program which cultivates young aspiring and emerging artists.
ArtWorks is also in excellent company with other independent artists and organizations with public works around the city like Xylene, Gee Horton, Tom Tsuchiya, and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful – to name a very few. If you love Cincinnati’s public art portfolio: vote for our city today, tomorrow, and the next day.
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 14,000 public and private art projects in its 26 years, including more than 230 permanent outdoor murals.