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ArtWorks announces summer season of New Voices

ArtWorks is proud to announce New Voices, its latest season of public and community art. This week, 15 teaching artists have begun leading 93 youth apprentices, ages 14-21, to work on 26 projects, which are taking place both in-person and remotely. In addition, ArtWorks is paying 26 artists to design these summer projects.

“This year’s theme of New Voices highlights our work in collaborating with emerging artists and community members to bring their artistic vision to life, presenting new perspectives for public art throughout our region,” said Colleen Houston, CEO and artistic director. “ArtWorks is excited to focus on creating opportunity for diverse, young and underrepresented artists in our region, and we know our city is at its best when everyone gets a chance.”

These projects include 14 new murals, nine community engagement projects, two installation projects and a digital animation project.


Electric Avenue Mural

The design is subject to change.

Location: Duke Energy Complex, Oakley.

Partnering with Duke Energy, ArtWorks is activating the Wasson Way trail with Electric Avenue, the first work of public art along the trail. The mural is being painted on the new building at the Duke Energy complex in Oakley.

The mural, designed by Christian Dallas, celebrates sustainability, energy, movement, and nature while adding visual interest to the surrounding woods and trail area. ArtWorks is employing two teaching artists to lead a team of eight youth apprentices to paint the mural, which will span close to 300 feet.

Electric Avenue is generously supported by Duke Energy, the Duke Energy Foundation and Procter and Gamble.

Fountain of Life Mural

Location: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Critical Care Building, Burnett Ave Cincinnati, OH 45229

Partnering with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and KOLAR Design, ArtWorks is painting Fountain of Life, an interior mural in the hospital’s Critical Care Building, which provides expanded services to the community’s sickest children. The mural will greet patients, staff, and visitors into the lobby.

Local artist Holly Risch created a color-filled and hope-inspiring mural design created by a team of five youth apprentices. The team is inviting children and families from the Avondale community to help paint the mural.

Fountain of Life is generously supported by Cincinnati Children’s, City of Cincinnati’s Youth to Work and Procter and Gamble.

New Lines Alleyway Mural Series

Design is subject to change.

Location: Levering Alley and Grear Alley between Pendleton and Main Streets 

ArtWorks is partnering with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to continue our mural series, New Lines, for a third phase, expanding the project footprint east, west, and south in Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton. This project enhances the beauty and safety of blighted alleyways, making them more pedestrian friendly.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Claire Bryson and Katie Davis are leading two unique teams of eight youth apprentices (16 total Apprentices) to create 10 new murals this year. ArtWorks is showcasing a group of talented, female alumnae who have served as teaching artists in the past but who have not yet had the opportunity to serve as designers—until now: Bryson and Davis and Emily Howard, Chelsey Hughes, Em Sites Karns, Genevieve Lavalle, Anissa Lewis, Cori Ogleton, Cece Padilla, Elise Thompson and Daija Williams.

Learn more about New Lines series from 2016 and 2018.

New Lines is generously supported by the ArtWorks OTR Public Art Investment Fund and Procter & Gamble.

Time Saved vs. Time Served Mural

The design is subject to change.

Location: 235 West Court Street, Downtown

Partnering with Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC), ArtWorks is painting Time Saved vs. Time Served, a new mural celebrating and uplifting women who are returning citizens—those who have previously been incarcerated. This mural depicts women living in our community who have returned home and become leaders. The work seeks to break down the stigma surrounding those with criminal records who have re-entered society and is being brought to life through a team of eight youth apprentices and one teaching artist.

The mural design is being directed by OJPC’s Tyra Patterson and Russell Craig, an accomplished artist and returning citizen from Philadelphia and co-created by Jayme Santini, a local artist who is a returning citizen.

Time Saved vs. Time Served is generously supported by Cincinnati Bar Association Foundation, the City of Cincinnati, City of Cincinnati’s Youth to Work, Sean and Ceci Donovan, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Arts & Culture Giving Circle, Peter and Mary Levin Family Foundation, Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, Nehemiah Manufacturing, the Ohio Arts Council ArtsNEXT, the Ohio Transformation Fund, Procter and Gamble and the Ladislas & Vilma Segoe Family Foundation.

Together We Win Mural

The design is subject to change.

Location: St. Francis de Sales School, 1602 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

ArtWorks is adding Together We Win, a new work of public art to East Walnut Hills, in partnership with St. Francis de Sales School. Local artist Brandon Hawkins is designing his first community mural and is leading a team of five youth apprentices to create the work.

Celebrating the energy and potential that lives within each child, the design features youth of diverse ages and backgrounds as the focal point, surrounded by florals to illustrate growth. Located at the intersection of Madison and Woodburn Avenues, this new mural is adding vibrancy and beauty to this bustling revitalized business district.

Together We Win is generously supported by St. Francis de Sales School, City of Cincinnati’s Youth to Work and Procter & Gamble.

Community Engagement Projects

Black Lives Matters Art Response

Location: Various

In allyship, ArtWorks is working to connect businesses and organizations to Black artists in response to the racial injustice as part of the community’s desire for more public art in support of Black Lives Matter. Successful connections include the visual artist Jonesy and her response mural created at the OTR U.S. Bank branch and the Black Lives Matter mural on Plum Street in front of Cincinnati City Hall created by the Black Art Speaks collective and the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. ArtWorks continues to connect Black artists to these projects on an ongoing basis. If you are a Black artist interested in an opportunity or you are part of a business or organization interested in commissioning a work of art in response to racial injustice, reach out to ArtWorks at 513.333.0388 or

Camp cARTwheel, presented by ArtsWave

Location: Remote

ArtWorks, The Well and Wave Pool have joined together for Camp cARTwheel, a virtual arts and culture summer camp program, presented by ArtsWave, the engine of the region’s arts. Camp cARTwheel strives to foster creativity, play, empathy and connection, targeting families with children ages 6-12 looking for summer camp opportunities. The virtual camps run the weeks of July 20-24 (ages 6-8) and July 27-31 (ages 9-12). Four youth apprentices are serving as Virtual Camp Counselors, led by Wave Pool’s resident artist Julia Lipovsky, a multidisciplinary artist and community educator.

Other participating arts organizations include Art Academy of Cincinnati, ART HAGS, Art on the Streets, Cincinnati Museum Center, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Center, DanceFix Kids, Democracy & Me from WVXU, Indigo Hippo, Kennedy Heights Art Center, Praise Ekeng and Ijo Ugo Performing Arts,Taft Museum, TRIIIBE, Visionaries + Voices, WordPlay, Wyoming Fine Arts Center and more.

Camp cARTwheel is generously supported by ArtsWave. Visit for more information.

Hear Me Out Voting Field Guide and Engagements

This artwork by Miles Brueggemeyer was developed in tribute to this original suffrage artwork created by Cincinnati artist, Cornelia Cassady-Davis, in 1915 (image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection).

Location: Remote with a focus on Cincinnati and Hamilton County

ArtWorks is rallying Hamilton County citizens, ages 16-26, to either vote or pledge to vote through inclusive and informative activities anchored in original U.S. women’s suffrage activist campaigns.

In 2019, a team of youth apprentices designed an illustrative field guide to voting, so this year ArtWorks is employing four youth apprentices to activate and inspire young people to vote through digital engagements, expanding young people’s knowledge about how to vote and participate in civic life.

This project is part of the #PowerofHer, a region-wide campaign initiated by ArtsWave to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Additional partners include MUSE: Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, League of Women Voters, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, REVERB art + design

Hear Me Out is generously supported by Arts Midwest, Ohio Arts Council ArtsNEXT, the Waddell Family Foundation and the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation.

Hero Design Company: Community Hero Flags

ArtWorks’ Hero Design Company is launching Community Hero Flags and asking the community for nominations of everyday heroes, highlighting the connections that keep us all safe and supported. Led by teaching artist Lindsey Whittle, 10 youth apprentices are designing and sewing custom one-of-a-kind flags to honor and bring attention to local heroes whose selfless acts set them apart in these isolating and challenging times. Each of the 100 community heroes selected will be presented with a physical thank you in the form of a flag designed and created by the youth apprentices.

Community Hero Flags is generously supported by the City of Cincinnati’s Youth to Work, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The National Flag Company and the William P. Anderson Foundation. Learn more about Community Hero Flags at

Jump Start: Fueling Emerging Artists

Location: City of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Based on the results of the first Cincinnati Artist Report, produced by ArtWorks and Wave Pool, ArtWorks is launching a new program that will invest in local artists by bringing their ideas to life. Through Jump Start, ArtWorks is empowering artists to define a place-based public art project that helps address a social or civic challenge. ArtWorks is awarding five emerging artists 26-years and older with $5,000 project stipends to support their project execution. In addition to funding support, ArtWorks is promoting the artists and offering assistance from 10 youth apprentices.

Jump Start: Fueling Emerging Artists Projects is generously supported by Lizi and the late Carl Solway in honor of ArtWorks Founder Tamara Harkavy and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. Learn more about Jump Start at

  • Before The Street Lights Come On – Artist Kailah Ware is producing this photo and video installation in the West End that takes a deep dive into the cultural nuances of Black boyhood in Cincinnati. It is a view into the joys of Black childhood, as well as the danger that Black youth experience, directly confronting the over-adultization of Black youth.
  • Give A Minute Cincinnati – Batres Gilvin, an artist collaborative, is curating and facilitating Give A Minute Cincinnati, a physical and digital space where Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati community members can share creative knowledge with one another in the form of one-minute videos. This project demonstrates everyone has something they can teach and something they can learn from their community.
  • Inside Out: Greater Cincinnati – Artist Jay DeFazio is producing Inside Out: Greater Cincinnati, a hybrid art empowerment and visibility project for the transgender community. It consists of multiple in-person workshops to create a self-portrait and the permanent online exhibition of the portraits.
  • King Me Indefinite – Artist ninamdot is producing King Me Indefinite, photo images of local Cincinnati Black males wearing crowns, which are printed on HD metal and installed as public art. The goal of the project is to honor and celebrate the Black men photographed, as well as the communities they come from.
  • When Life Gives Us Lemons – Artists Erika NJ Allen and Maggie Lawson are creating When Life Gives Us Lemons, a series of site-specific meal performances, which incorporates ceramics, installation and a resource guide in response to the hardships of COVID-19. As a collective call to resilience and resource-sharing, they will engage with various parts of their community including other women artists, immigrant families at Casa Paz, Lawson’s extended family and local food small businesses.

Installations and Digital Projects

Heart and Soul Installations

The design is subject to change.

Location: Remote

ArtWorks is hiring artist Nikita Gross and eight youth apprentices to create Heart and Soul, a series of photography-based wheat paste installations to amplifying the stories, voices, and faces of Black women in Cincinnati. The team is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and recent protests to demand police reform and the dismantling of systemic racism in the United States.

Gross is creating photo portraits of Black women in her traditional process and method and collecting stories and inspiration from each of her subjects. The youth apprentices are adding their design work, such as paint, collage, digital design, to each image to enhance Nikita’s photo portrait further. These youth apprentice designs are inspired by each woman’s story, in addition to their own artistic aesthetic and voice. The finished portraits will be printed on standard white box paper and installed in public locations.

Heart and Soul is generously supported by FotoFocus.

Our New Normal Animation

Location: Remote

ArtWorks is hiring artist Lizzy DuQuette to create Our New Normal, a series of short stop-motion animation videos that explore the world of the near future. Eight youth apprentices are working together to imagine what they want the next few years to look like, inspired by science fiction, social movements and our current reality. Using handmade objects, collage elements and puppetry, the team is bringing to life their original short stories, which will be presented online.

Switch On Avondale Installations

The design is subject to change.

Location: Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229

ArtWorks is continuing Switch On Avondale into the summer to create colorful, community-driven sculptural installations that increase safety and promote healthy activity along Hirsch Recreation Center’s new walking trails. Two youth apprentices are working with artist Matthew Grote on his design, Sunflowers, which features solar powered lights on posts inspired by kente cloth designs. Each flower has a center designed with community members from Avondale. Later this year, Grote’s design will be installed along with artist Calcagno Cullen’s design, What We Need to Hear, which was finalized this spring with the help of two youth apprentices.

Switch On Avondale is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the SunTrust Bank Foundation. For more information on Switch On Avondale, visit

COVID-19 Response

In light of COVID-19, ArtWorks has implemented additional safety protocols to keep all employees and visitors safe during the summer season, which include wearing face masks at all times, fever and symptom screening and smaller team sizes. For the first time, ArtWorks has transitioned some project teams to remote work in 2020.

“The 2020 season has presented us with many new challenges,” Houston said. “And we’ve implemented tremendous creativity to develop new ways of fulfilling our mission and our promise to employ artists and youth apprentices, who are making a difference in our community.”

Since the beginning of the year, ArtWorks has completed several projects that have employed artists and youth apprentices, including Hero Design Company’s Hero Masks for the Community and MYCincinnati. ArtWorks will also expand its season into the fall with several projects in the works.

Thank You to Supporters

ArtWorks thanks those who are given generosity to support its mission of transforming people and place through investments in creativity.

“These projects that are creating jobs for so many emerging artists are only possible through the support of our community supporters,” Houston said. “We thank them for believing in the amazing power of partnering artists with creative young people. It’s this collaboration that is changing our community into an outdoor art gallery that is open for all.”

Procter and Gamble has generously renewed its mural season sponsorship for 2020.

“P&G is excited to partner with ArtWorks again and support the summer mural program,” said Barbara Hauser, P&G Cincinnati Community Relations manager. “Our region’s youth need safe, meaningful opportunities to connect with each other and with the community. ArtWorks makes that happen by creating jobs and activating our neighborhoods with thoughtful, vibrant works of public art.”

Due to the pandemic, ArtWorks canceled its annual spring breakfast, one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers. As a result, ArtWorks board member and former CEO, Lauren Hannan Shafer provided ArtWorks with a $50,000 matching grant to the organization’s Apprentice Promise campaign, which has raised an additional $50,000 from supporters to ensure at least 100 youth apprentices would be hired in 2020. Each youth apprentice is paid a living wage.

“I am so proud to see the community rally to help ArtWorks come through on our promise to our youth apprentices,” Shafer said. “Providing this grant gave me the chance to invest in our mission, in our youth, and in our neighborhoods, and I want to thank everyone for joining me and making a difference.”

In addition to Shafer, ArtWorks thanks American Scaffolding, UBS, Plant Trolley, Lisa and Leonard Saia, Johnson Investment Counsel, First Financial Bank, C-Forward and Mariner Wealth Advisors for supporting the Apprentice Promise.

ArtWorks thanks the many supporters of its Youth Employment Program including Duke Energy Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Foundation, Summerfair Cincinnati, Maxwell Weaver, U.S. Bank Foundation and Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation. The nonprofit also thanks its ongoing sponsors: ArtsWave, City of Cincinnati and Ohio Arts Council.

To stay up-to-date on the progress of this season of New Voices, ArtWorks encourages those interested to follow the organization on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About ArtWorks

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. Learn more at