ArtWorks’ Summer Celebration took place on Friday, August 5 at Union Hall, celebrating the murals and projects created and in progress over 2016, 35 in total. 16 of those projects employ more than 130 youth apprentices, who worked with 40 teaching artists to create murals and installations. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of ArtWorks youth apprentice program.

 “We’re grown up now, and I think what we’ve done shows it,” said CEO and artistic director Tamara Harkavy at the celebration event.

Apprentices and teaching artists gathered at Union Hall on Vine Street to take stock of the many projects they were involved on over the year. Director of individual giving Kit Andrews narrated an image slideshow of project progress and participation highlights as captured by youth apprentices on Team Click. In addition to the familiar public art endeavors and art therapy projects, new work includes New Lines and CityShine 2016.  

CityShine 2016, ongoing throughout the month of August, is a new project that crowd-sources sunset images from Cincinnati photographers, tagged with #cityshine2016. These images will be incorporated into a light-based projection installation project as part of FotoFocus 2016 later in the year.

New Lines Alleyway Murals, a collaboration with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, features 12 new murals, each designed by a locally-based Cincinnati artist, in the alleyways of Over-the-Rhine. Artists include Denise Burge, Courttney Cooper, Matt Coors, Michael Coppage, Lizzy DuQuette, Hollis Hammonds, Terence Hammonds, Philip LaVelle, L.D. Nehls, Lyndon Probst, Catherine Richards and Lorraine Wibler. 

More information about 2016 ArtWorks projects can be found here