ArtWorks Seeks Mini Masterpieces for Secret ArtWorks Fundraiser

With ArtWorks’ annual fundraiser, Secret ArtWorks, returning Friday, November 22, 2019, the nonprofit is asking artists to donate mini-masterpieces guests can purchase at the event. ArtWorks has opened up a call to all artists to submit Secret Works of Art to support its mission of transforming people and place through creativity.

Artists are tasked with creating an original work of art, sized 5 by 7 inches and no more than 1 inch deep. The secret is their identity is kept a secret until the piece is selected by a Secret ArtWorks attendee.

Secret ArtWorks supports the programming of ArtWorks, known for its trademark mural program with 184 permanent murals, created by youth apprentices ages 14-21, throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The nonprofit is involved with many other creative projects, including Hero Design Company, which provides superhero capes for children in crisis. Also, ArtWorks is one of three creative partners, along with AGAR and Brave Berlin to produce this year’s BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, one of the nation’s largest arts and culture events, returning October 10-13, 2019.

“ArtWorks is more than an amazing arts organization, it is a monumental institution that creates social change in the lives of all people of all ages,” Cedric Michael Cox, nationally known abstract artist. “It is an honor to work with ArtWorks on murals and it’s amazing to see how the extended ArtWorks family of artists, apprentices, community leaders, and patrons continue to make our city beautiful through the magic of art.”

Last year, the artist community supplied more than 1100 original pieces of art in support of ArtWorks.

Artists can apply to be a Secret Artist online and will receive an information packet in the mail with their submission paper and guidelines. Submissions are due to ArtWorks by Monday, October 14. Artists who submit work are invited to attend the event for free.

Learn more about Secret ArtWorks and purchase tickets for the event, visit

About ArtWorks: Since 1996, ArtWorks has been transforming people and places through investments in creativity. The organization is a workforce development and job-training program where art is the vehicle that trains and employs local youth and professional talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks has hired over 3,500 youth and 3,000 professional artists who have completed over 12,000 public and private art projects. ​Learn more at