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Update: 6/4/2020: Thank you for your interest. We’ve sold out of our supply of face masks. If you would like to make a donation to support this work in the future, we invite you make a donation here. Read below for more information on this project.

ArtWorks is creating jobs for Youth Apprentices by employing them to make face masks for the community. Below, we have provided a simple way for you to order these face masks. Due to demand, we are prioritizing creating face masks for our region of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southwest Indiana. Thank you for your patience.

Importance of Wearing Face Masks During the Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising everyone to wear masks when out in public to protect against spreading COVID-19 along with the practice of social distancing. Most agree that the most effective masks include the following:

  • Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face
  • Is secured with ties or loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows to breathe freely
  • Can be laundered and machined dried without changing shape
  • Can be removed easily without touching front of mask

According to research, masks provide the highest protection from spreading the disease from infected individuals by blocking vapor droplets expelled from sneezing, coughing and/or speaking. For the wearer, the masks provide additional protection from exposure over and above social distancing.

About ArtWorks Face Masks

Examples of ArtWorks face masks. 

The face masks created by the ArtWorks’ Youth Apprentices have been designed to maximize protection, fit, and comfort based on the recommendations of the CDC, infectious disease researchers and the teaching artist Lindsey Whittle.

Learn more about this Spring 2020 project

The pattern chosen comes in two sizes, medium and large, to create the best possible fit and coverage. Each mask includes multiple layers of protection, two layers of tightly woven cotton and two layers of fusible interfacing. The masks will be tightly secured through the use of two elastic straps, one that wraps around the head and one around the neck  for a snug fit across the nose, mouth and sides.

The combination of cloth fabric and interfacing was chosen that allow for repeat washings without changing the shape or effectiveness of the masks. The use of tightly woven cotton fabrics has been shown to increase protection by blocking at least 50% of transmitted vapor droplets associated with COVID-19. The use of multiple layers of interfacing has been shown to increase protection to 70%. In addition to providing extra layers of protection and breathability, interfacing helps maintain garment shape and stability allowing for multiple use and washings.

In effort to add protection to recipients of ArtWorks’ mask, each mask will be treated with a disinfectant prior to distribution.


Each Adult Face Mask (medium or large) costs $12 per mask. For $20 per mask, ArtWorks will donate an additional mask to a local hero on your behalf.


Please note, we have sold out our supply of face masks. ArtWorks Youth Apprentices are working in May to create face masks. ArtWorks will begin distributing the masks in June.

How to Purchase Face Masks

By Credit Card for Orders for 20 Masks or Less

Please note, we have sold out our supply of face masks. Purchase your face masks for orders of 20 masks online on our secure website. Please note, if you prefer for ArtWorks to mail your order, please add the appropriate shipping and handling fee when you check out. Otherwise, ArtWorks will work with you on arranging pickup.

Purchase with credit card


By Check or Invoice or for Bulk Orders

Please note, we have sold out our supply of face masks. If you would like to purchase face masks by check or invoice or if you have an order for more than 20 face masks, let us know your interest by filling out the form below and we’ll get back to you asap! Please note our supply is limited, so we will do our best to fulfill your request.

Make a Gift

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 Community Face Masks, 20 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Have a Question?

If you have a question about this project, please reach out to Devin Grimm at Devin@ArtWorksCincinnati.org or 513.333.3618.

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. ​