ArtWorks, City holding 2013 summer program painting new murals - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

ArtWorks to paint ten murals around Tri-State area

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Mayor Mark Mallory and ArtWorks announced details of the ArtWorks 2013 summer program.

This summer, 115 youth apprentices, ages 14-21, were hired to work on 10 new murals, the Metro Bus Shelter project, the Random Snacks of Kindness project, Hero Design Company project, UnMuseum Sign, and the Stage Crew project.

"Every year these programs teach hundreds of youth how to complete big projects.  These 10 new murals will transform blank walls and revitalize neighborhoods," Mayor Mallory said.  "Since the beginning of this mural program in 2007, almost 85,000 square feet of mural walls have been added to Greater Cincinnati.  The murals will leave a lasting impression on our community and everyone who passes them."

The 10 new murals will be completed in the City of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. There will be 2 in downtown, 3 in Over-the-Rhine, 1 in Pendleton, 1 in North Avondale, 1 in Queensgate, 1 in Dayton, KY, and 1 in Covington, KY. 

The murals are in partnership with community organizations such as Cincinnati Nature Center, Vision 2015, North Avondale Neighborhood Association, Art Academy of Cincinnati, 3CDC and more.

In 2007, Mayor Mallory launched the neighborhood mural program with ArtWorks.  Since then, they have hired over 2,500 area youth to paint 57 murals in Cincinnati neighborhoods and in 6 nearby cities. After this summer, the total count will be 67 murals located in 34 Cincinnati neighborhoods.

In addition to the Murals, ArtWorks youth apprentices will be working on several other projects this summer.  The Metro Bus Shelter project will create art that will be inserted into 12 brightly painted downtown bus shelters.  The Random Snacks of Kindness project will give apprentices the opportunity to work with Chef Frances Kroner to create an ultimate snack mix which will be released this winter in grocery stores.

The Hero Design Company project creates special superhero capes to empower children facing emotional, physical, and medial hardships.  In the UnMuseum Sign project apprentices will help create a brand new interactive sign for the UnMuseum galley at the Contemporary Arts Center.  The Stage Crew project will allow apprentices to work with a master set designers to paint backdrops for the Children's Theater performer's set. 

Check out everything ArtWorks is up to here: http://www.artworkscincinnati.org/muralworks/

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