Even though our summer projects are wrapped up, we aren’t done transforming the city in 2018. Our next project takes us to the East side of Cincinnati, where we hope our mural can help save an endangered species.
The mural project is part of the Endangered Species Mural Project, run by the Center for Biological Diversity. The 1,000-square-foot mural featuring the Indiana bat is being painted by Roger Peet and two ArtWorks Youth Apprentices. This will be the first endangered species mural project in Ohio. This mural will be the 17th mural in the series across the country.
The mural is located on the Little Miami Scenic Trail at Bass Island Park underneath the Newtown Road overpass on the Little Miami River. Fitting, since bats tend to dwell in overhangs and bridges.
The Indiana bat is threatened by humans intentionally killing them and disturbing their caves in winter. They are also threatened by the spread of the fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome, which has killed millions of bats. This mural project hopes to bring awareness to this species and help save them.
ArtWorks, Great Parks of Hamilton County and the Center for Biological Diversity will be dedicating the mural on Thursday, September 27 at 6pm at the nearby 50 West Cycling Company, 7669 Wooster Pike. All are invited to attend to see the final mural and hear from the team that worked on it.