Hundreds Celebrate ArtWorks Upcoming Season at Annual Breakfast

More than 800 attendees celebrated ArtWorks’ upcoming public art projects on Thursday, May 2 at the 7th Annual ArtWorks Breakfast presented by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

ArtWorks announced 25 projects for the spring, summer and fall seasons. From murals to super hero capes, ArtWorks youth apprentices and teaching artists will be working all over the city to transform people and places through creativity. The nonprofit is hiring more than 150 local youths to complete these monumental works of art. Projects will be in neighborhoods all over the region, including in Avondale, Duke Energy Convention Center, Symmes Township, Over-the-Rhine and downtown.

“At this year’s breakfast, we were able to highlight the impact of our youth apprentices and share our amazing 2019 season with our community,” said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks CEO and Artistic Director. “We love sharing the projects we have been putting so much work into planning. It’s our honor to showcase our youth apprentices, professional artists and community partners who make monumental works of art happen.”

Guests of the event, co-chaired by Jenny Powell and Jamie Smith, were treated to a morning of storytelling as ArtWorks and guest speakers announced the 2019 plans. Speakers included Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley; Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus; Alecia Kintner, president and CEO of ArtsWave; Tyra Patterson, community outreach strategy specialist for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center; and Barbara C. Perez, president and CEO of YWCA Greater Cincinnati.

ArtWorks also brought the magic of BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, to the breakfast, as attendees were able to create lanterns that will be a part of a BLINK® installation during the event, scheduled for Oct.10 – Oct. 13, 2019.

The event supported ArtWorks youth apprentice program and projects, raising more than $100,000. Donations are still being accepted at here.

About ArtWorks: Since 1996, ArtWorks’ has been transforming people and places through investments in creativity. The organization is a workforce development and job-training program where art is the vehicle that trains and employs local youth and professional talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks has hired over 3,300 youth and 2,900 professional artists who have completed over 12,000 public and private art projects. Learn more at