ArtWorks News

Raising Our Flags for Community Heroes

Community Hero Flags in front of the Saya Woolfalk, Visionary Reality Threshold mural on Central Parkway. Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.

Because of the challenges we’re all facing this year, ArtWorks’ Hero Design Company decided to change up its popular sewing projects. The team transitioned from creating capes to create both face masks and flags celebrating local heroes.

Earlier this summer, we asked the community to nominate their heroes, and you came through! ArtWorks received inspiring nominations telling the remarkable stories of 50 local heroes. Under the guidance of professional artist Lindsey Whittle, 10 Youth Apprentices worked remotely for more than 4 weeks starting in July to create these honorary flags that tell the stories of these amazing community members.

Now complete, the Hero Flags flew on display on September 26 on Central Parkway downtown. Many downtown visitors came to see the 6-hour installation in the brisk fall weather.

Soon we will be mailing these artfully designed and personalized flags to our community  heroes to let them know how much they are valued.

Support ArtWorks’ Hero Design Company

To support ArtWorks’ Hero Design Company, gifts can be made online or by check to ArtWorks, 20 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

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.