As the ArtWorks’ 25th season comes to a close, we celebrate our Youth Apprentices and teaching staff who have added on a plethora of public art gems for the Queen City. We mark the end of each summer project cycle with Summer Celebration, a party for the teams, parents, partners, and sponsors. This year, we went virtual and shared memories, laughs, and awarded top apprentices of the season.
The Biggie Award, formerly known as the Andrew D. Smith Award, goes out every summer to a talented, returning Youth Apprentice who goes above and beyond on the jobsite. It’s officially described as follows: The Biggie Award is given to a returning Apprentice who has proven themselves as a role model to their peers; who is dedicated to making a real difference in their community through their contributions; and who has shown a commitment to the arts and their future. Ultimately, their dedication to ArtWorks goes above and beyond, and their future in the arts—whether through a pursuit in the field or through their involvement—is guaranteed.
This year’s Biggie Award was presented to LaDe Richardson!
LaDe has worked for ArtWorks as an apprentice since 2017. Since his first steps into our program, LaDe has brought a smile, positive attitude, and intricate skill each and every day. He’s worked on everything from murals to hero capes with Hero Design Company, showcasing his well-rounded talents.
Local artist Lindsey Whittle taught LaDe on two separate projects this year. She nominated him for the award. “I think LaDe embodies everything we hope for our apprentices—high level of professionalism, engages the community, natural leader, hard-working, all why being incredibly kind and optimistic.” she said.
As part of his award, LaDe will receive a $500 stipend, meet regularly with our CEO + Artistic Director, Colleen Houston, be an ambassador to ArtWorks, and provide input to cultivate the apprentice program.
LaDe, we salute you and thank you for all of your punctuality, teamwork, enthusiasm and dedication to ArtWorks for the past three years. Congratulations!
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing competitive 21st-century career-readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,600 youth and 3,200 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that include 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination.