ArtWorks is delighted to welcome Marquise Adkins to the team as our new Artist Impact Coordinator!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a recent graduate from DePaul University in Chicago where I majored in Anthropology and minored in Psychology. It was a great experience living in another city, but it is also really nice to be back home in Cincinnati to rekindle relationships with my family and friends.
What are you most excited for in your new role?
I love all things art, culture, and community, so working with ArtWorks is a great opportunity to work in an area I am passionate about. I’m most excited about working with Youth Apprentices and Artists in the community, as well as collaborating with the amazing ArtWorks team.
What’s your favorite thing about Greater Cincinnati?
I love driving in Cincinnati with all of its natural hills and old architecture. There’s something about driving in the city that feels very nostalgic. Many of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods have a lot of character, and I love how ArtWorks’ murals add a lot of beauty to the city as well. I also appreciate Cincinnati’s green spaces and enjoy spending time participating in outdoor activities.
What is your favorite ArtWorks’ project?
There are so many to choose from! There are a lot of great projects, but I think my favorite is the Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural by Jonathan Queen. One of my friends worked as an Apprentice on the project, and I loved to hear their stories about the process. I would walk past the mural on my way to school everyday and it made my morning commute more vibrant.
How do you like to get creative?
I like to get creative any way I can. I value expression, and sometimes that comes in the form of movement, writing, designing, music or fashion. However, my most favorite way to get creative is to share space with individuals who are open to express their talents to collectively create.
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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 12,500 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.