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“ArtWorks has opened the door to my dreams” | 2019 Impact Report

At ArtWorks, we are delighted to share our 2019 Impact Report with you.

Learn more about ArtWorks’ impact in the community by reading this report.

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ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Employment

ArtWorks Youth Apprentices were so creative in 2019 while working on 23 projects. These 134 youth painted massive murals, created puppets and designed costumes. They honed their graphic design and writing skills. They learned to lead orchestras. They sewed and led community engagement activities. By working with artist mentors, they transformed 5 neighborhoods with art, and led nearly 100 community engagement sessions and events with an estimated combined attendance of 405,000.

In 2019, ArtWorks:

  • employed 134 Youth Apprentices with 59% from underserved households.
  • 95 percent of Youth Apprentices increased their career/workforce readiness skills and attributes.
  • 94 percent of Youth Apprentices ended the program with good or great workforce knowledge.

Youth Apprentices Lead with Empathy

ArtWorks’ Hero Design Company empowers Youth Apprentices to unleash their own power of empathy by engaging children facing crisis. In 2019, Youth Apprentices created custom superhero capes for 191 local kids, showing the world every child possesses an amazing array of strengths.

ArtWorks’ Work in Avondale

Our Youth Apprentices have been hard at work to install new public art along Reading Road in Avondale over the past few years. Beautiful florals. A phoenix rising. Kente patterns. A vanguard of multigenerational citizens.

ArtWorks is inspired to do this work in Avondale because of the residents’ desire for more public art that is reflective of this wonderful community with its rich culture and history of African American change-makers.

In 2019, both Tylonn Sawyer’s A Song of Freedom, honoring the late gospel composer Louise Shropshire, and Cedric Michael Cox’s mural series, Avondale Pride, have been installed. With funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, more public art in Avondale is on the way.

With BLINK®, Our Region Shined Bright

In 2019, ArtWorks was once again proud to be a partner in BLINK®, the largest light, art and culture event of its kind in the nation, smashing records with an estimated 1.25 to 1.5 million in attendance! Working with many artists, schools, businesses and community groups, ArtWorks was so proud to shine a light on our wonderfully creative region by producing the awe-inspiring BLINK Future City Spectacular Parade for 150,000 spectators and curating 45 large-scale light-based installations located throughout the event’s 30-block footprint.

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Thank You to 2019 Partners

ArtWorks thanks its many partners who helped make our mission of transforming people and places through investments in creativity possible.

Ongoing Sponsors

ArtsWave, City of Cincinnati, Ohio Arts Council, Youth to Work.

2019 Mural Program Sponsor

Procter & Gamble

2019 Partners

1919 Investment Council, 21C Museum Hotel, 3CDC, 84.51°, Al. Neyer, AGAR, American Scaffolding, William P. Anderson Foundation, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Avondale Community Council, Avondale Development Corporation, Bank of America, Bartlett Wealth Management, Beech Acres Parenting Center, Brave Berlin, Choice One Engineering, Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Public Library, Avondale Branch Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Contemporary Arts Center, Charles H. Dater Foundation, Duke Energy Convention Center, Fifth Third Bank Charitable Trusts, Findlay Street Boys & Girls Club, goVibrant, Grandview Elementary YMCA, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./ U.S. Bank Foundation, Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, Keystone Hotel Group, Klusty Sign Associates, Knights of the Golden Trail, Andrew Jergens Foundation, Raymond C. and Anna T. Johnson Foundation, Learning Grove, Lehn Painting, Loveland Fireman’s Association Inc., Luther Charitable Foundation, Manley Burke, George and Margaret McLane Foundation, Macy’s, Millennium Business Systems, Model Group, Neyer Properties, Parking Company of America, PNC Charitable Trusts, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati, Ladislas & Vilma Segoe Family Foundation, Sherwin Williams, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Slye Accounting, Jack J. Smith Charitable Trusts, Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Summerfair Cincinnati, Sutphin Family Foundation, Symmes Township, Talbert House, Union Savings Bank, Uptown Rental Properties, Urban Sites, U.S. Bank, Weil Funeral Home, Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, and YWCA Greater Cincinnati.

Support the ArtWorks Apprentice Promise

Contributing to the ArtWorks Apprentice Promise makes it possible for ArtWorks to provide the kind of creative learning experiences that our youth will so desperately need to emerge from crisis and become the resilient leaders our community will need for the future. Lauren Hannan Shafer, ArtWorks board member and former CEO, will be matching all gifts up to $50,000.

Give today to the Apprentice Promise

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 

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