ArtWorks has announced its 2020 summer projects — 26 of them. The works, led by 15 teaching artists to be completed with the help of 93 youth apprentices ages 14-21, are themed around the concept of "New Voices."
“This year’s theme of 'New Voices' highlights our work in collaborating with emerging artists and community members to bring their artistic vision to life, presenting new perspectives for public art throughout our region,” said Colleen Houston, CEO and artistic director, in a release. “ArtWorks is excited to focus on creating opportunity for diverse, young and underrepresented artists in our region, and we know our city is at its best when everyone gets a chance.”
The 26 works include 14 new murals, nine community engagement projects, two installation projects and a digital animation project.
The renderings and descriptions for six of the 14 murals have been released (designs are subject to change). Two of the mural renderings are part of the New Lines alleyway beautification project, which will get 10 total murals in all this summer.
"Electric Avenue" // Duke Energy Complex, Oakley
Designed by Christian Dallas
"Electric Avenue" will be the first public art piece painted along the Wasson Way Trail. "The mural, designed by Christian Dallas, celebrates sustainability, energy, movement, and nature while adding visual interest to the surrounding woods and trail area," says a release. "ArtWorks is employing two teaching artists to lead a team of eight youth apprentices to paint the mural, which will span close to 300 feet."
"Fountain of Life" // Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Critical Care Building, Burnett Avenue 45229
Designed by Holly Risch
This mural, a partnership with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and KOLAR Design, will be painted inside the hospital's Critical Care Building lobby. "Local artist Holly Risch created a color-filled and hope-inspiring mural design created by a team of five youth apprentices. The team is inviting children and families from the Avondale community to help paint the mural," says ArtWorks.
"Time Saved vs. Time Served" // 235 W. Court St., Downtown
"Partnering with Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC), ArtWorks is painting 'Time Saved vs. Time Served,' a new mural celebrating and uplifting women who are returning citizens — those who have previously been incarcerated. This mural depicts women living in our community who have returned home and become leaders," says ArtWorks. "The work seeks to break down the stigma surrounding those with criminal records who have re-entered society and is being brought to life through a team of eight youth apprentices and one teaching artist."
"Together We Win" // St. Francis de Sales School, 1602 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
"Celebrating the energy and potential that lives within each child, the design features youth of diverse ages and backgrounds as the focal point, surrounded by florals to illustrate growth. Located at the intersection of Madison and Woodburn avenues, this new mural is adding vibrancy and beauty to this bustling revitalized business district," says ArtWorks.
New Lines Alleyway Mural Series // Levering Alley and Grear Alley between Pendleton and Main streets, Over-the-Rhine
Designed by Anissa Lewis and Genevieve Lavalle
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and ArtWorks are continuing their New Lines program and partnership to install murals in alleyways in Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton to make them more pedestrian friendly.
"Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Claire Bryson and Katie Davis are leading two unique teams of eight youth apprentices (16 total Apprentices) to create 10 new murals this year. ArtWorks is showcasing a group of talented, female alumnae who have served as teaching artists in the past but who have not yet had the opportunity to serve as designers — until now: Bryson and Davis and Emily Howard, Chelsey Hughes, Em Sites Karns, Genevieve Lavalle, Anissa Lewis, Cori Ogleton, Cece Padilla, Elise Thompson and Daija Williams," says ArtWorks.
Two other public artwork ArtWorks projects are planned for this summer as well: Heart and Soul wheat paste installations and Switch On Avondale installations.
According to ArtWorks, Heart and Soul is "a series of photography-based wheat paste installations to amplifying the stories, voices, and faces of Black women in Cincinnati." Artist Nikita Gross and eight youth apprentices will be creating portraits of Black using collage, paint and digital design to tell their stories. The finished works will be wheat pasted in public locations.
And Switch on Avondale are "colorful, community-driven sculptural installations that increase safety and promote healthy activity along Hirsch Recreation Center’s new walking trails." Artist Matthew Grote and two apprentices worked on his design, which include solar-powered lights and Kente-cloth patterns.
For more on ArtWorks, visit artworkscincinnati.org.