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In the News: New mural aims to open hearts, minds to the importance of second chances

Time Saved vs. Time Served Mural

Thank you WCPO’s Lucy May on the recent feature on ArtWorks’ latest mural, Time Saved vs. Time Served located at 235 West Court Street, Downtown.

Partnering with Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC), ArtWorks is painting Time Saved vs. Time Served, a new mural celebrating and uplifting women who are returning citizens—those who have previously been incarcerated. This mural depicts women living in our community who have returned home and become leaders. The work seeks to break down the stigma surrounding those with criminal records who have re-entered society and is being brought to life through a team of eight youth apprentices and one teaching artist.

The mural design was directed by  Patterson and Russell Craig, an accomplished artist and returning citizen from Philadelphia and co-created by Jayme Santini, a local artist who is a returning citizen.

Time Saved vs. Time Served is generously supported by Cincinnati Bar Association Foundation, the City of Cincinnati, City of Cincinnati’s Youth to Work, Sean and Ceci Donovan, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Arts & Culture Giving Circle, Peter and Mary Levin Family Foundation, Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, Nehemiah Manufacturing, the Ohio Arts Council ArtsNEXT, the Ohio Transformation Fund, Procter and Gamble and the Ladislas & Vilma Segoe Family Foundation.

Watch the Time Saved vs. Time Served WCPO story 

The women featured in the mural design are Patterson; Sheila Donaldson Johnson, Senior Paralegal at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center; DeAnna Hoskins, president and CEO of JustLeadership USA; Tracy Brumfield, founder of RISE; and Belinda Coulter-Harris, Cincinnati Works.

Rendering of Time Saved vs. Time Served mural. Design subject to change.

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