If you’re not from Cincinnati, you may not be familiar with Artworks, but if you live here, you won’t have missed seeing the lasting impact Artworks is having on the city.
Artworks, partnering with local non-profits, hires teens in the summer to work with professional artists to create works of art on outside city walls, and inside environments that have included the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Medical Center.
Our youngest son’s continued involvement with Artworks since he first worked for them in the summer following his sophomore year in high school, has been a positive, creative and growth experience for him. He has made connections within the art community here in Cincinnati that will likely be lifelong associations. Yesterday he was excited to show us one of the new murals Artworks is creating this year.
This mural is located on the side of the WCPO building on Central Parkway in downtown Cincinnati. It is entitled “Sing” and was designed by renowned American caricaturist and illustrator, C.F. Payne.
As you can see, three levels of scaffolding are required for the completion of this mural. Students and artists work in the heat of the day, painting by hand.
If you look closely, you will see that among the famous composers and singers depicted are Mr. Red, the Nutcracker, Elton John and Grover.
This summer, 150 students are working with 36 artists to complete 15 projects in the area. (Local students selected by ArtWorks Cincinnati to work on seven downtown murals this summer. Cincinnati.com)