2021 has been a remarkable year for ArtWorks. The nonprofit is celebrating its 25th anniversary, created jobs for 275 youth and professional artists, opened a Youth Artist gallery, completed a successful Mural Month, moved to historic Walnut Hills and more. The team is always honored when its hard work is recognized.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has done such that. As the region’s leading community foundation, GCF connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come. This year, the foundation has awarded ArtWorks a substantial grant for New Monuments.
The team at ArtWorks recognizes that many statues in our community still honor our country’s historical leaders who upheld values of racism, ethnic cleansing, and even genocide. These works of art don’t invite community engagement or interaction and were not made with the larger community in mind. ArtWorks and its project partners would like to change that through monuments that ensure Cincinnati’s statement is one of equity, justice, and truth-telling. Monuments make a strong statement about the ideas, values, or individuals a community thinks their society should remember or honor.
The funds awarded will support ArtWorks in pre-planning, Phase 1 and part of Phase 2: for this multi-year New Monuments initiative. Stay tuned for future updates and announcements about these future projects.
Thank you to GCF for helping us continue to transform people and places through investments in creativity.
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 14,000 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.