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Art @ Work is a five-week mural artist apprenticeship program for Baltimore City youth enrolled in the city’s YouthWorks program. Dozens of young people ages 14-21 are hired each summer to work side by side with professional artists to create highly visible murals and mosaics throughout their neighborhood.
The goal of Art @ Work is to introduce youth to career opportunities in the arts, offer gainful employment in a positive learning environment and to provide youth with the tools to express themselves through the arts, all while beautifying their community. Since its launch in 2015, Art @ Work has produced 19 indoor and outdoor public art projects in the Sandtown and Upton communities, employing over 150 Baltimore City youth.
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The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
Jubilee Arts is a community-based arts program offering visual arts, dance, ceramics and business in partnership with Baltimore Clayworks, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), area artists, writers and dancers. Jubilee Arts is a catalyst for social change, using art as a tool for empowerment, community building, learning our history and changing our future.
Art @ Work, the five-week mural artist apprenticeship program for Baltimore City youth enrolled in Youth Works, returned for a second summer in 2016 with Art @ Work: Upton. In addition to working alongside professional artists to create murals and mosaics in their community, youth from the Upton area participated in professional development and skill-building workshops led by various local organizations. Launched as a pilot program in Summer 2015 through a partnership between the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Jubilee Arts, Art @ Work employed dozens of youth from the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in its inaugural year.
Eight teams comprised of a lead artist, an artist intern, and ten youth apprentices created public art projects along the Pennsylvania Avenue cultural corridor at sites including the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center, The Avenue Market, Sissy’s Seafood, Lafayette Market, Crazy Beauty Mart, Etting & Wilson Park, Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School and the 1900 block of Division street. The lead artists are Julie Horton, Ignacio Mariño Larrique, Megan Lewis, Herb Massie, Gary Mullen, Iandry Randriamandroso, Ernest Shaw, Jr. and Mike Thomas. Each team led the entire mural making process, from canvassing community residents for design inspiration, to public design presentations, to conducting trolley tours of their finished projects.
“I appreciate the energy and optimism embodied in the Art @ Work initiative in the Upton/Avenue Market area,” said Robert Thomas, executive director of the Baltimore Public Markets Corp. “These young artists are developing their talents while learning the more comprehensive soft skills of community engagement. If ever there was a time for positive youthful engagement in the life of the Upton community and of the Avenue Market in particular, that time is now.”
Beyond the paint and tile, each youth apprentice also participated in financial literacy workshops led by the Baltimore CASH Campaign, professional development workshops led by HIBRED Workforce Solutions, leadership development workshops led by the No Boundaries Coalition, Youth As Resources and BUILD, as well as zine-making workshops led by local pop-culture journalist Jordannah Elizabeth.
Art @ Work: Upton is produced in partnership by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Jubilee Arts and made possible through the generous support of The Abell Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Youth Works, National Endowment for the Arts Art Works, Morton K and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Maryland Department of Commerce, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, Baltimore Department of Housing & Community Development, Baltimore City Summer Food Service Program, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, University of Baltimore, Avenue Market, Shake & Bake Family Fun Center, and Charlestown Retirement Community.
For more information on Art @ Work: Upton, visit: jubileeartsbaltimore.org, view the Art @ Work: Upton Final Report or call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632 or Jubilee Arts at 410-728-1199.
About the Artists:
Ernest Shaw, Jr.
Artist Ernest Shaw, Jr. was born and has lived most of his life in Baltimore, Maryland. Shaw comes from a family of visual and performing artists. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morgan State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Howard University. He has previously painted murals for Open Walls Baltimore II and the Baltimore Mural Program.
Gary Mullen is an award-winning artist who received a degree in graphic design from Morgan State University. He has studied the genius works of Pablo Picasso and fell in love with his style of art called Synthetic Cubism. Mullen has painted murals in Baltimore City and his works have appeared in magazines, newspapers and television.
Raised in Sandtown-Winchester, Herb Massie is a self-taught community-based mosaic artist and sculptor. He currently serves as the director of community engagement for Baltimore Clayworks. In 2016, Massie was awarded the Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate Award by the Maryland Citizens for the Arts.
Iandry Randriamandroso is a muralist and a graphic and community artist. He specializes in graphic and mixed media art‐making that focuses on environmental and social subjects. He uses his artworks as educational tools to facilitate inclusive and hands‐on presentations, community arts workshops, art classes and mural projects in public and private venues around the United States.
Ignacio Mariño Larrique
Ignacio Mariño Larrique is a Uruguayan Miami-based artist with 17 years of experience in the arts field. He likes to work with the community by creating customized holistic art works, specializing in murals and symbolism.
Julie Horton was born in Zanesville, Ohio. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art Education from Ohio University. She is a visual artist, teacher, and advocate for social justice currently living and working in Baltimore, Maryland.
Megan Lewis is a professional illustrator. Utilizing various mediums, she aims to create works of art that focus upon stories that reflect a critical view of social, historical and culture issues. Lewis is a freelance artist living in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Born with a physical disability due to an accident at birth, Mike Thomas was born in raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He later moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education. After receiving his degree, he has remained in Baltimore and been a teacher, coach, mentor and working artist for the past 25 years. He is also the owner and art instructor at Artlee Studio in Baltimore, Maryland.
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