Over 100 people gathered September 4 to celebrate the completion of ArtWorks’ latest mural in partnership with YWCA Greater Cincinnati. The mural, “Connected Through the Generations,” was designed by Chicago artist Molly Costello and commemorates YWCA’s 150th anniversary.
“The mural we created in partnership with ArtWorks is helping us to celebrate and elevate our legacy,” said Barbara Perez, YWCA’s president/CEO. “This summer, apprentices from across the Tri-State helped transform this wall into the beautiful work of art representing the YWCA’s work across time.”
The dedication celebrated the recently completed mural located at 225 W. Court Street on the side of the Manley Burke LPA building. The team that produced the piece in 8 weeks this summer include Lead Teaching Artist Rebecca Nava, Teaching Artist Mark Hanavan, Junior Teaching Artist Prince Lang and Youth Apprentices (who are ages 14-21) Halle Dieterich, Marin Emanuel, Hannah Feibelman, Henry Glenn, Adam Green, Corrine Lerma, Abigail Lindley, Jasper Murphy, Suraj Raij, LaDe Richardson, Sarah Schaen and Marian Scruggs.
The mural honors YWCA’s mission and legacy to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The characters portrayed in the piece are working together to pursue a more equitable and just world for the benefit and inclusion of all people. The design nods to the work of women and minority leaders throughout history and seeks to inspire and empower viewers of all ages, ethnicities, and gender identities.
“We resonated with the YWCA’s mission and legacy,” said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks CEO & artistic director. “When the YWCA’s team approached us to honor this major milestone, we jumped at the opportunity.”
During the remarks, the Honorable Jessica Miranda, Ohio House District 28, presented YWCA Greater Cincinnati with a proclamation from the Ohio House, congratulating the organization for its 150th years of service to the community.
This is the fifth mural ArtWorks has dedicated so far this year. ArtWorks has completed over 180 murals throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.
This mural was made possible by the support of many YWCA Greater Cincinnati and ArtWorks donors, including Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Fifth Third Bank Trustee, The City of Cincinnati’s Youth to Work program, American Scaffolding, Manley Burke, The Brown Family, Francie and John Pepper, Craig Young Family, Karen L. Bowie, Kay Geiger, P. Jeane Goings, Robert and Carole Moore Greene Family, Bruce and Melanie Healey, Sophia Gilligan Helms, Denise Kuprionis, Karen F. Maier, Marilyn J. Osborn, Barbara Casserly Perez and Steve Gillen, Martin and Maribeth Rahe, Barbara A. Turner, Tracy A. Wells.
Special thanks to ArtWorks 2019 mural program presenting sponsor P&G, and ongoing funders ArtsWave, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Arts Council.
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 3,500 youth and 3,000 professional artists who have completed over 12,000 public and private art projects. Learn more at ArtWorksCincinnati.org.
About YWCA: YWCA Greater Cincinnati serves more than 8,500 women, men, and children through direct services, 8,600 through our domestic violence hotline, and an additional 4,900 through community trainings. The organization’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. YWCA Greater Cincinnati is a United Way partner agency. For information call the YWCA Greater Cincinnati at (513) 241-7090 or visit www.ywcacincinnati.org.