Thank you to Cincinnati Magazine and writer Patricia Gallagher Newberry for the feature in May 2021, “Five Cincinnati Women Using Their Second Chances to Help Others“, on ArtWorks’ Time Saved vs. Time Served mural, located at 235 W. Court Street.
Newberry explores the lives of the five women depicted in the mural who refuse to let their time spent behind bars define them.
The women are Sheila Donaldson Johnson, senior paralegal at OJPC, DeAnna Hoskins, president and CEO of JustLeadership USA, a national organization dedicated to decarceration and who created the first office of re-entry in Hamilton County; Tyra Patterson, social justice activist and community outreach strategy specialist with Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC); Tracy Brumfield, the founder of RISE, a publication that provides information and resources to inmates in preparation for release; and Belinda Coulter-Harris who now works at Cincinnati Works, where she helps to connect people coming home to jobs and resources.
The mural was celebrated as ArtWorks’ 200th, honoring the life-affirming work of these women and the impact of ArtWorks mural program.
“Art creates compassion and empathy,” says Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director in the feature. “Art has the power to change hearts and change minds.”
The mural was art directed by Tyra Patterson, renowned Philadelphia artist Russell Craig and local artist Jayme Santini. The mural’s Teaching Artists, Evan Hildebrandt and Syreeta “Rae” Scruggs led a team of eight Youth Apprentices to bring this inspiring mural to life, including Lyle Casey, Danni Freeman, Rose Joffe, Wesley Ericson, Mykee Springs, Ella Emanuel, Alyssa Moore, and Arlo Grimaldi.
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 13,800 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.