ArtWorks Cincinnati’s Murals Come Down from the Walls and Onto A Coffee Table Book


What began as an effort to create large-scale works of public art and expose young people to creative careers is now a 192-page compendium featuring 88 murals from 37 different neighborhoods. Transforming Cincinnati: How a decade of ArtWorks murals changed people and communities forever tells the stories behind one of our city’s greatest assets in vivid photographs, stylish design, and elegant prose.  

All proceeds go directly to ArtWorks so they can continue to transform this city and the people who call it home.

ArtWorks invites the public to join them at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m. for the official launch of the Transforming Cincinnati book tour. John Fox, Editor-in-Chief of Cincinnati Magazine and contributing author for Transforming Cincinnati, will lead a panel of artists and collaborators, including Jenny Ustick, John Ruthven, and Jonathan Queen, in discussion of the process of creating the murals that eventually landed in the pages of the book.

“The reality is the transformation from each mural is permanent,” said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks Cincinnati’s founder, CEO and Artistic Director. “The paint might last 20 or more years on the walls, but the change we make by hiring teen apprentices is forever. ”

Additionally, the book is available for purchase at Joseph Beth Books and