Uplifting Black Artists
and Black Community-Led Work
Dear Friends,

One year ago at this time, ArtWorks was actively supporting painting the Black Lives Matter! mural in front of City Hall. Led by Alandes Powell and Black Art Speaks (BAS) Collective, many artists who were part of painting the mural included our own staff, Youth Apprentices and alumni and were present for the City’s first ever Juneteenth flag raising ceremony and mural dedication.

This year marks the first year ArtWorks will be commemorating Juneteenth as a recognized holiday for Youth Apprentices, Teaching Artists and staff members. And this week, many of them who are part of the BAS Collective, have been restoring the Black Lives Matter! mural in front of City Hall. Check out the unveiling of the restored street mural Friday at 3 p.m. and Black Owned Day Block Party on Saturday. See the full schedule (PDF). Our neighbors at Esoteric Brewery are hosting Mobile Black Wallstreet on Saturday and I encourage you to learn about and support more Juneteenth events: The Enquirer and The Cincinnati Herald
 
I recently invited our staff to visit the exhibit Promise, Witness, Remembrance, at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The exhibit was incredibly powerful to experience and was organized in response to the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020 by police in her own apartment, and the year of protests that followed in her hometown and around the world. Perhaps the most meaningful aspect of this exhibit was seeing the timeline of Breonna’s life written in the words of Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother, recounting her life and her death. Who could not be moved by such an account? Reading about Breonna’s potential as a high school student, her determination, her hopes and dreams all the way to Tamika’s final statement about never imagining being denied justice for her child’s lost life after being fired at with 32 shots. This was not a curator or a researcher’s voice, but instead Breonna’s family was the authority in creating this exhibit. Never have I seen an institution, such as the Speed Museum, respond and collaborate as here with Breonna’s own family. It is an important reminder of how institutions can shift and can play an important role in current social justice movements.

At ArtWorks, we continue to reflect on and take action to deepen our work and commitment towards uplifting, celebrating and valuing Black artists and Black community-led work. This summer, we have projects that celebrate our community’s beautiful Black culture, important history and social change. Artist Cedric Michael Cox is designing a mural at the historic Manse Hotel location in Walnut Hills, one of the only hotels listed in the Green Book to safely lodge black motorists in Cincinnati traveling in mid 1930s to the mid-1960s. Artist April Sunami, a mixed media artist with family ties to Walnut Hills, is co-designing a living wall mural with Urban Blooms, an innovative new mural that integrates live plants into the painted mural design. Artist Jeni Jenkins is leading a powerful community mural and engagement in Avondale, bringing youth and police together to dialogue and paint a mural side-by-side, working towards a safer community.

ArtWorks remains as committed to anti-racism work as we were one year ago, and we are actively working on our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility journey of learning and accountability. Please learn more here and please reach out with your ideas and continue to challenge us to do more.

Driving throughout Louisville recently, I saw so many signs posted in homes and businesses calling for justice for Breonna today. There is continued need for the collective work of liberation. I was reminded of Alandes Powell’s poem, “We want what you want,” a rallying cry for living in a world where Black lives are truly free, valued and children are raised in peace. Let us all work to build this world together.
 
Black Lives Matter.
Woman smiling in blue and black blouse. Gold earrings. Colleen Houston.
Colleen Houston
ArtWorks CEO & Artistic Director
Breonna Taylor, 2020, Amy Sherald, American, born 1973. Courtesy of the Speed Museum.

Photo by Colleen Houston by Andrew Houston.
Make Art. Get Paid. We're Hiring!
Image by Daniela Fernandez
ArtWorks is now hiring teams for 2021 of Youth Apprentices, ages 14-21, led by Teaching Artists, ages 22 and up, to work side-by-side to create public art and community impact projects. Projects can include (but are not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, design, sewing, and community engagement.
The hiring process has been revamped for 2021, so we invite you to sign up for one of our virtual applicant info sessions.

ArtWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are strongly committed to building and retaining a diverse staff that creates an inclusive workplace which harnesses each voice to collectively advance ArtWorks’ mission.
Illustration by Henry Lindeman.
Applications now being accepted for Youth Artist Exhibition Opportunity with April Sunami

Youth will learn about  portraiture and storytelling from Sunami and training them in her artistic methods. The artists will then make their own unique and individual works of art. A group exhibit will be the outcome of each studio with all works for sale and proceeds going directly to youth artists.

Applications from Artists ages 16-23 are due Friday, July 2 at 9 p.m.
Photo by Chris Casella courtesy of GCAC
A True Homecoming:
ArtWorks Opens its Doors in Walnut Hills
Board Member and Artist Kathryne Gardette with the team that completed her mural design at Curtis and Gilbert Avenues. Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.
On the morning of May 28 at 2460 Gilbert Avenue, you may have noticed intricate Kolams adorning the thresholds of our new office and gallery. Radha Chandrashekaran, local artist and Walnut Hills resident, woke up at the break of dawn to bless our new home through “Kolam bombing,” before our staff reported for its grand opening. That’s what this community is about, and we’re happy to be here.
Watch Our Virtual Open House
Couldn’t make the open house? Watch the livestream of our virtual tour hereFeatured on the virtual tour are Board Members Kathryne Gardette and Ken Pray and Staff Members Colleen Houston, Linnea Gartin, Maddie Schneider and Mary Kay Koehler.
ArtWorks has moved its administrative office to the Historic Peebles Corner in Walnut Hills. The ArtWorks studio will remain at Solway Gallery in the West End. Questions? Please email us at info@artworkscincinnati.org or call 513.333.0388.
ArtWorks Office
2460 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
ArtWorks Studio
424 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214
Visit the ArtWorks V² Gallery for Student Power
Photo by Sydney Fine
ArtWorks invites you to visit our V² Gallery on Wednesdays - Saturdays from noon - 5 p.m.. at 901 E. McMillian Street in Walnut Hills, see our inaugural exhibition, Student Power

The show features work created by eight youth artists, ages 14-21, who were led by printmaker and Terence Hammonds. The V² Gallery is the only local gallery focused on youth artists. Visit to purchase work by Hammonds, Erica Curtis, Wesley Ericson, Satchid Macharia, D’Airion McCullough, Jasper Murphy, Georgina Osae, Sami Rowlett and Grace Stringer.

Items in the gallery are for sale with the artists receiving 90 percent of the proceeds, and ArtWorks receiving 10 percent. Please note the gallery will be closed Friday 6/18/21.
The ArtWorks V² Gallery is made possible through the generosity of V², also known as Vandell Verdona, a collaboration between longtime ArtWorks supporters Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell and Ron Houck and David Nebel. Model Group provides ongoing in-kind support for the gallery.
Visit the ArtWorks Shop for unique gifts
Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.
Now located inside our new office in Walnut Hills, we are proud to open our ArtWorks Shop at 2460 Gilbert Avenue! We invite you to stop by to check out our unique gifts and mural merchandise!

The ArtWorks Store is currently offering limited edition 24 x 18 inch screen prints by BLDG of our three of our most legendary murals: Saya Woolfalk’s Visionary Reality Threshold, Morag Myerscough’s #5 We Are Walnut Hills and Jenny Ustick’s Mr. Dynamite. We are also offering our mural and Big Pig Gig coffee table books, tees, tote bags, pins, stationary and stickers designed by ArtWorks alumni Artists.

Soon we will be launching our online store. We will be adding more items throughout the year. Please note the ArtWorks Store will be closed Friday 6/18/21.
Watch Viva Voce Artist Conversation: Mental Health and Self Care In the Arts
ArtWorks recently welcomed artists for another Viva Voce Artist Conversation on Mental Health and Self Care in the Arts on June 10. Thank you to Artists Brent Billingsley, Dr. Ben Kaplan, Harry Sanchez Jr., Kate Tepe, and Kah Yangni for sharing their insights on supporting positive self-image and mental health through art. Watch this conversation.
Save the Date for ArtWorks 25th Anniversary Online Auction
ArtWorks is proud to announce we are partnering with Everything But the House to host our upcoming 25th Anniversary Online Auction, on August 6 - August 12!

Chaired by ArtWorks supporters and beloved Cincinnati artists, Pam Kravetz and Gee Horton, this auction will celebrate the amazing creatives that have powered 25 years of ArtWorks!

The auction will feature original works of art of all sizes and media from your favorite ArtWorks alumni artists. ArtWorks is also sharing proceeds with Artists.

Be on the look out for additional details in the coming weeks!

For more information, reach out to Mary Kay Koehler, Senior Director of Development, at marykay@artworkscincinnati.org or 513.333.3621
ArtWorks to power Cincinnati communities with $10,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation
Photo by Daniela Fernandez

The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where our natural resources thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. The Foundation annually funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.
Tickets on Sale for Cincinnati Art: Past & Present Walking Tour
Aerial view of Pike Street looking west, showing neighborhood before the creation of Lytle Park (detail), about 1904. Reproduction of Cincinnati Post photograph, Taft Museum of Art archives.
Join ArtWorks and the Taft Museum of Art for a walking tour that explores Cincinnati art from the past as well as the present. Beginning at the Taft, participants will learn about the historic Lytle Park neighborhood, then head into downtown to discover the many ArtWorks murals.

Bring your best walking shoes for this two-mile trek through time! The tour starts at Taft Museum of Art. Dates: Saturday, July 17 & Saturday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Get Your ArtWorks Weekend
Walking Tour Tickets
Photo by J. Miles Wolf of Saya Woolfalk's Visionary Reality Threshold.

For the 2021 tour season, we are only offering tours on Saturdays. We have designed our 2021 schedule, so you could take both tours on the same day, if you wish. Get tickets for Pendleton, Over-the-Rhine and Downtown routes.
Meet Ashton Morris and Haley Hughes:
ArtWorks Summer Interns
Haley Hughes is joining the team as an Artist Impact Intern. She is a mixed media artist heavily focused on sculpture, photography and installation art. She attends the University of Cincinnati as a 4th year Fine art major and marketing minor. Learn more about Haley!
Ashton Morris has joined as a Creative Projects intern. She is a UC DAAP student and in her second year studying for a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. She has also added on an associate degree in Applied Graphics Communication. Learn more about Ashton!
Photos courtesy of John Hughes and Karen McLaughlin.
We’re All Learners, Teachers: Check out
Batres Gilvin’s Give A Minute Cincinnati
Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber
As the years pass, the world becomes increasingly digital. In 2020, the virtual landscape became the new social club, workplace, gym and more, as we had to refrain from physical contact in almost all ways. Bradly Gilvin and Karla Batres Gilvin, also known as the artist collective Batres Gilvin, used their creativity to fit into this niche perfectly.

The Northern Kentuckians applied to ArtWorks’ Jump Start: Fueling Emerging Artists program for a shot at a stipend, studio space and assistance from ArtWorks Youth Apprentices to complete a community-based public art project that helps address a social or civic challenge. Their pitch? Batres and Gilvin wanted to curate and facilitate Give A Minute Cincinnati (GA:MC), a digital space where Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati community members can exchange valuable information.
Your Gift Will Make a Monumental Impact
ArtWorks transforms young people by connecting them to creative professional mentors and their city. The program extends beyond the artwork and includes enrichment workshops in resume writing, interviewing, and financial literacy as well as public speaking experience. ArtWorks makes a permanent mark on each Apprentice and they make a permanent mark on our community.

ArtWorks In the News
Courtesy of Kailah Ware.
Here are some recent news articles about ArtWorks, our volunteers, alumni and projects.

Artist Opportunities Now Online
ArtWorks recently transitioned its Artist Opportunities listings from an email to a webpage to provide you with information when you need it. ArtWorks provides a list of artist opportunities for creatives in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. See more on our website.
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