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The Many Faces of ArtWorks: Meet Margie Schneider

Margie Schneider (second from the left) at our 2019 Annual Breakfast. She is a tremendous supporter of ArtWorks. Photo by Bergette Photography.

ArtWorks would like to thank loyal supporter Margie Schneider for her many years of dedication to our organization!

Margie has been with ArtWorks since the beginning, when she volunteered during our first summer in 1996, working with our founder Tamara Harkavy.

“I loved ArtWorks and Tamara from the beginning,” Margie says. “You don’t often find something that fits you so well when you volunteer. What Tamara gave to the city is remarkable.”

Margie is a retired art teacher and served on the organization’s board for many years and is now an emeritus member. She recently celebrated her 75th birthday by asking for donations to support our work.

Margie is always first to raise her hand to volunteer when ArtWorks asks. Each year, she looks forward to serving as a volunteer interviewer of our Youth Apprentice applicants. She was a Gold Star Artist Juror for Secret ArtWorks Under the Stars and devotes her time to our fundraising events. She’s given countless mural tours, showcasing our work to many over the years. She even purchased a chair repurposed by then-apprentice and now CEO, Colleen Houston, in 1997 (which she still has)!

“I’m lucky to have known both Colleen and Tamara,” Margie says. “ArtWorks is the heart and soul of our city.”

There are many stories of how Margie has connected many of you to the uplifting work of our organization. As philanthropists, she and her husband, Alan, support many causes in addition to ArtWorks, including the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

We thank Margie for always supporting ArtWorks and our mission of transforming people and places through investments in creativity.

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