Update on the ArtWorks Youth Apprenticeship Program

At ArtWorks, safety and the well-being of our staff are our highest priorities. We have been working hard to plan our summer program with safety top of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are shifting the dates of the summer program—typically our busiest season of the year. We have reached out to all Youth Apprentice and Teaching Staff applicants for 2020 to let them know we are preparing for a late June season start or fall start.

Youth employment is central to our mission. ArtWorks understands how meaningful these jobs are to our Youth Apprentices, Teaching Staff and their families. We remain committed to providing jobs for young people, ages 14-21, and professional artists in 2020.

ArtWorks’ Youth Apprenticeship program will move forward when stay at home orders have been lifted and public health professionals indicate that there is safety in working groups of 10 or more. 

We are also reaching out to all our partners and are looking at ways to adapt our program. In addition, we are changing our safety measures to address COVID-19 and will follow local, state and federal guidelines as they change. 

For any questions or concerns, please reach out to Amy Scarpello, workforce development director, at or 513.333.3601.

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

Photo by Bergette Photography.