ArtWorks Announces 2018 Summer Community Art Projects

ArtWorks, the award-winning non-profit organization that trains and employs summer Youth Apprentices to produce public art, announced today its 16 new public art projects that will be installed throughout the area in 2018.

The summer projects are made possible by support from the Haile Foundation, ArtsWave, the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Arts Council along with many other funders. To date, ArtWorks Youth Apprentices have completed more than 175 murals in 36 Cincinnati neighborhoods and seven nearby cities.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our apprentice artists to learn the business of art, and future workplace skills all while honing their craft,” said Tamara Harkavy, CEO and Artistic Director of ArtWorks. “We are looking forward to our neighborhood partnerships which have great intrinsic value creating place, pride and engaging the community.” 

The projects include:

  • “Creatress,”a new mural in Springfield Township, to be painted on Brentwood Bowl, 9176 Winton Road. Designed by artist and Springfield Township resident Joe Castrucci, the mural will be created by a team of eight local Youth Apprentices working with Teaching Artists Thaddeus Williams and Ian Hermanns. 
  • Avondale Heroes Mural, 3371 Reading Road in Avondale. Designed by artist James Pate, who is from Avondale, the mural celebrates the many heroes in Avondale who have helped inspire generations and lead community initiatives. Local Teaching Staff Brandon Hawkins and Tiara Harmon will lead a team of eight Youth Apprentices. 
  • “Avondale Pride,”3529 Reading Road, Avondale. The Community Builders and ArtWorks are partnering to bring a series of three murals to the new Avondale Town Center by Avondale based designer, Cedric Michael Cox. Local Teaching Artists Christian Dallas and Ciro Casanova will lead a team of 12 Youth Apprentices to create the murals off-site while town center construction continues.  
  • “Cincinnati Music Legends Card Deck,”in partnership with Shake It Records, celebrating Cincinnati’s rich music history. Youth Apprentices will create collector’s card decks to depict Cincinnati’s icons in music. Led by designer and artist Justin Green.
  • “Cincinnati Paints by Numbers: Fiona,”at 910 Race Street, downtown. This summer, ArtWorks launches a new series, Cincinnati Paints by Numbers, giving the general public the chance to buy a ticket and paint alongside ArtWorks Teaching Artists and Youth Apprentices. Through a call-to-artists contest, the winning mural design chosen by pubic vote is by artist Lucie Rice.  Tickets can be purchased at
  • “Hero Design Company,”4138 Hamilton Road (ArtWorks Garage). The Hero Design Company program promotes the real-world super powers within every child. ArtWorks engages, encourages and empowers children facing emotional, physical or situational hardship through the creation of custom superhero capes, co-designed and sewn by Youth Apprentices. This summer, 14 apprentices and three professional artists with work with 130 children creating capes for each. 
  • “It’s Your Thing,” 311 E. 13th Street in Pendleton. This mural, adjacent to the Cincinnati Legend mural honoring Mamie Smith, celebrates the often used phrase “it’s your thing,” now part of everyday jargon. This mural is designed by Cincinnati native Johnathan Lamb of Like Minded Productions. Teaching Artists Nick Scrimenti, Christopher Beiting and Cecilia Padilla will lead a team of 10 Youth Apprentices.
  • “2018 Cincinnati Legend: Mamie Smith”at 309 East 13thStreet, Pendleton. The latest in the mural series of Cincinnati Legends honors Mamie Smith, born in Cincinnati in the late 1800s who became an icon in music history as the first African-American blues recording artist. It was designed by Buffalo-based artist Julia Bottoms and is being painted by a team of 10 Youth Apprentices under the direction of Teaching Artists Jim Effler and Tammy Stephens. 
  • “New Lines: Bolivar Alley”in Bolivar Alley, Pendleton. New Lines is a series of ArtWorks that brings attention and appreciation to the unique alleyway systems in Cincinnati’s urban core. ArtWorks is commissioning five artists with Cincinnati roots to work with a team of eight Youth Apprentices to create a variety of street art styles and mediums. 
  • “Mental Health Social Intervention Card Game Project,”ArtWorks Garage. Interact for Health is working with ArtWorks to design a project to break down barriers and eliminate stigmas for youth. Local designer Kate Tepe will work with six Youth Apprentices and one project manager to produce a creative card game to prompt young people between the ages of 15-18 into conversations around mental health. 
  • “The Refuge Project,”2030 Fairfax Road, Academy of World Languages. Cincinnati Public Schools are partnering with ArtWorks to create a mural for the exterior of the new school-based Wellness Center being built at the Academy of World Languages. Baltimore-based artists Jessie and Katey designed the colorful and expressive mural to welcome patients and families. Teaching Artists Rebecca Nava and Hannah Hersko will lead a team of 10 Youth Apprentices to translate the design onto panels, which will be installed once construction on the center is finished.  
  • “The Early Bird,”1715 Republic Street, Over-the-Rhine. ArtWorks and Saturday Hoops are partnering to bring public art to OTR to celebrate Saturday Hoops participants and their families. Nashville-based muralist and designer Bongang created an uplifting design and local Teaching Artists Harry Sanchez Jr., Sarah Kleymeyer and Edwin Miller will lead a team of 12 Youth Apprentices to create the mural, “Cheerful Givers, Hard Workers and Overcomers.”
  • “All in This Story Together,”6906 Plainfield Road, Silverton. The Village of Silverton and ArtWorks are partnering to create a new mural to serve as a gateway marker for the Village, celebrating the organization Women Writing for (a) Change. Local artist Erin Baker designed the mural and Elizabeth DuQuette will lead a team of four Youth Apprentices to paint the mural this summer. 
  • “Team Click”will document the progress of select ArtWorks murals this summer, refining their photography and videography skills while learning more about the apprentice experience.
  • “Building Inclusive Communities: A Mural Project of Visionaries + Voices and ArtWorks,”3056 Madison Road in Oakley. ArtWorks and Visionaries + Voices are partnering on a new mural in Oakley, at 3056 Madison Road. The project will be a mural designed by a V + V artist and will be executed by a team of apprentices from both organizations. 
  • “Emerge,”1200 Vine Street, Over-the-Rhine. This year marks the 125thanniversary of the Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati, the oldest women’s art club in the country. To mark the anniversary, ArtWorks asked local muralist Tina Westerkamp to create a commemorative design. Local Teaching Artists Paul Loehle and Bailey Dowlin will lead a team of eight Youth Apprentices to paint the mural offsite and install this summer.  

For more information on the ArtWorks projects, visit