Photo by J. Miles Wolf
CINCINNATI—ArtWorks, Cincinnati’s public art and youth workforce development nonprofit, is resuming its award-winning weekend mural tours this month. The organization halted the season, which normally starts in May each year and runs until October, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With new protocols and safety measures in place adhering to the guidelines set by the state of Ohio, ArtWorks volunteers and staff will lead groups of no more than 10 people who must wear a mask during the tour and exhibit no signs of sickness.
“We want residents and visitors to see and learn about the public art created through our program by wonderful artists and youth apprentices, but we want it done safely.” said Liz Neidich, ArtWorks’ mural tour coordinator. “There are new additions to our tour routes and we’re proud to introduce them to the community.”
The mural tour routes include the Heart of Pendleton tour and the Spirit of OTR tour. Tours last no more than 90 minutes on select Saturdays with at least 11 murals and public art installations on each tour.
Tickets for weekend tours are $20 per person and can be purchased at artworkscincinnati.org/muraltours. Because of COVID-19, mural bus tours are still suspended, but alternative options like private tours, virtual tours, and self-guided tours are additional options to those seeking to view murals in these neighborhoods.
ArtWorks Mural Tours are an award-winning experience, earning CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati award in 2019 and 2020.
ArtWorks is continuing its partnership with Pedal Wagon Cincinnati, which provides its Cincinnati Mural Tour year round.
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization provides youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, with 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 includes 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. Learn more at ArtWorksCincinnati.org.