Hero Design Company

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At ArtWorks, we are continually inspired by the giving and innovative spirit of our community to tackle challenges and create solutions to meet the needs of others. Ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things have never been more needed or more uplifting than now. Often working behind the scenes, local heroes use their talents, courage, creativity, and generosity to meet these challenges.

Everyday heroes are not always recognized. Starting now, ArtWorks is changing that.

We want to bring attention to and celebrate these local resident heroes who selflessly go above and beyond to make a difference. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of everyday heroes living around us. They could be your neighbors, colleagues or just someone you read about that has made a difference—perhaps a teacher, a grocer, a medical worker or a community change advocate.

This is your opportunity to recognize and nominate a Community Hero in your life.

How Does the Community Hero Flags work?

As part of the Hero Design Company, ArtWorks Youth Apprentices will design and sew custom one-of-a-kind flags to honor and bring attention to local heroes whose selfless acts set them apart in these isolating and challenging times.

ArtWorks will select 100 Community Heroes from the nominees to be presented with a physical thank-you in the form of a one-of-a-kind flag designed and created especially for each hero by Youth Apprentices hired by ArtWorks this summer. There is no cost associated for participation.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, July 13, 2020 by 5 p.m., and heroes will be recognized by the end of August.

Tell Us About Your Community Hero

We can’t wait to hear more about Your Community Hero. When nominating someone for this honor, we are asking you to submit in one of two ways: Explain why your hero stands out as an inspiration by (1) submitting a brief essay of up-to 3,000 characters OR (2) submitting a short video (up to two minutes).

Nominations are intended for our local community—heroes living and working within the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Nominations are for individuals. Nominations for organizations, groups or businesses are not being accepted at this time.

Ready to Nominate?

Please use this form to send in your nomination. Be ready to share your contact info, your essay or video and contact info for your Community Hero (so they can receive their award by mail). We’re accepting nominating through Monday, July 13, 5 p.m.

Nominate Your Community Hero

We know there are so many Community Heroes out there than deserve recognition. Please nominate your hero today!

Have Questions?

If you have questions, please reach out to us at info@artworkscincinnati.org or call us at 513.333.0388.

Make a Gift

Because of our generous supporters, ArtWorks is able to cover the costs involved with this Community Heroes project including the wages for the Youth Apprentices. If you are interested in supporting this project, you can make a tax-deductible gift online here or send a check payable to ArtWorks and send to ArtWorks c/o Hero Design Company, 20 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing 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 include 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. Learn more at ArtWorksCincinnati.org.