Know a creative youth? ArtWorks is interested in hiring them

ArtWorks, a partner of Hamilton’s StreetSpark program, which painted this mural on the building at 15 South D St. of Alexander Hamilton, is hiring more than 200 creative youth and professional artists for summer and after-school art-related positions. CONTRIBUTED
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ArtWorks, a partner of Hamilton’s StreetSpark program, which painted this mural on the building at 15 South D St. of Alexander Hamilton, is hiring more than 200 creative youth and professional artists for summer and after-school art-related positions. CONTRIBUTED

The ArtWorks program, which is a partner and supporter of Hamilton’s StreetSpark public murals program, will be hiring for more than 200 summer and after-school arts-based jobs across the Greater Cincinnati area.

“We are hiring creative youths, ages 14-21, and then professional artists, ages 22 and over, for a variety of public art projects that we will begin in June,” said Rachel Rothstein, communications manager for ArtWorks.

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The program launches June 5 and runs six to 10 weeks.

ArtWorks, which has been around since 1996, has created more than 130 public art projects across the region, and has hired more than 1,800 artists, investing more than $1 million in wages into the local economy. The ArtWorks mural program started about 10 years, transforming more than 178,000 square feet of wall space in 44 neighborhoods and local jurisdictions.

“We hire youths for a variety of jobs: illustration, digital imaging, drawing, photography, of course painting, art therapy, sewing, pattern making, graphic design, and then they’re led by teaching artists,” Rothstein said. The program also hires the teaching artists, who guide the apprentices as they create the public art projects.

Appications are due this month, with interviews in March.

To apply, visit www.ArtWorksCincinnati.org. For more information, contact talent coordinator Chelsey Hughes at apply@artworkscincinnati.org or 513-333-3616.

“We’re unique because we give creative youth an opportunity to not only make art, but get paid,” she said. “Considering that art and other programs like it are some of the first things cut when schools are slimming down their budgets, it’s important that these youth have an outlet for their creativity. It’s reinforced by the fact they can get paid for it.”

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