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ArtWorks’ Art Off the Walls: Sunrise to Starlight to celebrate public art in Northern Kentucky on Sept. 14

CINCINNATI—ArtWorks, Cincinnati’s regional leader in public art, is hosting an event to embrace art for all at Art Off the Walls: Sunrise to Starlight on Saturday, September 14, 2024, from 5:30–10:30 p.m. at the Newport Car Barn along Northern Kentucky’s scenic riverfront. Tickets are available online now.

Historically voted one of Cincinnati’s best Arts & Culture Fundraisers, Art Off the Walls celebrates ArtWorks’ monumental public masterpieces and the talented artists who make them possible. Two new murals in Newport, created in a partnership with Corporex for their Ovation project, inspire this year’s theme: Adrienne Dixon’s “Resilience (Sunrise)” (above, left)—a breathtaking tribute to Kentucky’s lush landscapes, and Emily Howard’s “I Wrap Myself in Starlight”(above, right)—a magical fusion of myth, folklore, and the divine human form.

The event will highlight spectacular ArtWorks murals through sound and light, music by DJ Monet, interactive dance performances by Pones, live and silent art auctions featuring unique works created by ArtWorks artists, designers, and community members, art experiences, and more. The event will also include a complimentary full bar for sponsors and upper-level ticket holders, a delectable feast of passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, and late-night snacks by Mazunte, a curated coffee experience by Deeper Roots Coffee, Unboxed Photo Booth and complimentary parking.

Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr., ArtWorks Board Member, and Landscape Artist Kay Hurley, are this year’s co-chairs.

“I’ve been involved with ArtWorks since its inception, contributing to projects like the huge vessels, baseball bats, and flying pigs. Jens and I have witnessed ArtWorks’ growth and the beautification of our city with more than 300 murals. More importantly, ArtWorks has employed professional artists to guide apprentices aged 14-21. This program allows young creatives to collaborate, build friendships, and gain confidence, leaving their mark on our city’s history. Our creative youth ARE our future, and we are honored to guide them,” said Hurley.

“As professional artists living in Cincinnati, we are proud that Cincinnati was voted number #1 city for street art in the country this year. ArtWorks and all the artists and apprentices who have worked on all the public works should be even more proud of this achievement. With 28 years of rich history, we look forward to the future of ArtWorks and encourage everyone to support this organization through ticket purchases or sponsorship,” said Rosenkrantz.

Sponsors and Dream ticket holders are invited to an exclusive Art Pre-Party from 5:30–6:30 p.m. where they will take part in cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while mingling with honorary guest artists and ArtWorks mural designers. Additionally, they’ll receive early access to both Art Off the Walls Art Auctions and a limited-edition DIY screen print of a featured ArtWorks mural. Inspire and Create ticket holders will take home unique matted mural art prints, ready for easy installation at home.

Tickets are live on ArtWorks website. Proceeds from this event directly support ArtWorks’ mission to create community-based public art for artists of all ages.

This year marks the third annual fundraising event with the Art Off the Walls theme, which celebrates different neighborhoods where ArtWorks and community partners have invested in public art and job creation. In 2022 the event, themed “Let’s Get Campy” was held in Camp Washington. The 2023 event, “Kick it in the West End,” allowed guests to immerse themselves in the rich history and excitement of the historic West End at TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati.

ArtWorks is incredibly grateful to supporting sponsor P&G and media sponsor Cincinnati Magazine for making Art Off the Walls possible. Sponsorship opportunities are critical to sustaining the organization’s impactful work. Interested individuals and organizations should contact Dominique Khoury Sutton, ArtWorks’ Director of Development, at

Who We Are
Since 1996, ArtWorks has collaborated with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations, and nonprofits to create works of art that have helped to define Greater Cincinnati’s global reputation as an arts destination. Its mural program has made Cincinnati the #1 City for Street Art in USA Today’s 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. By employing and training over 3,500 professional artists and engaging 4,000 teens and young adults, ages 14-24, ArtWorks is actively investing in the creative economy. Through job creation that supports local talent and mentorship programs that pair professional artists with diverse teams of young people, their programs foster the development of 21st-century career-readiness skills. ArtWorks has created a vibrant citywide gallery with more than 14,000 public and private art projects over the last 28 years. Among these are more than 300 permanent outdoor murals that contribute to Cincinnati’s rich cultural tapestry, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. ArtWorks receives ongoing funding from the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsWave. ArtWorks receives ongoing funding from Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsWave.