CINCINNATI — Art on the Streets, a Cincinnati-based community arts organization, was on Tuesday awarded a $25,000 grant to paint a series of murals on Pleasant Street in Over-the-Rhine.
Chosen from a field of over 200 applicants from cities across the country, a joint proposal from Art on the Streets and the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation outlined the ways the murals will improve safety and bring arts to the city streets.
The public-private partnership is part of the new Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative, which improves street safety and revitalizes public space through art and community engagement.
“We’re thrilled that this prestigious award will make it possible for DOTE and Art on the Streets to work with artists and community residents to create a series of street murals along Pleasant Street to enhance the connection between two historic and beloved places that bring people together: Washington Park and Findlay Market,” said Art on the Streets founder Margy Waller.
Artists for the mural will be announced in the summer of 2020, designs for the project will be developed with community residents in a series of public meetings in the fall. Painting is slated to begin in 2021.