Art @ Work

ART @ WORK RETURNS FOR 2017 WITH ART @ WORK: Reservoir Hill + The Waverlies 

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Mural artist apprenticeship program for youth to create eight public art projects in Reservoir Hill and the Waverlies

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Jubilee Arts are excited to announce the return of Art @ Work, the five-week mural artist apprenticeship program for Baltimore City youth enrolled in Youth Works. Art @ Work: Reservoir Hill and Waverly kicks off Monday, June 26 and culminates Friday, July 28, 2017 with a community celebration. In addition to working alongside professional artists to create murals in their community, youth from the two respective neighborhoods will participate in professional development and skill-building workshops led by various local organizations. Launched as a pilot program  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.

This year, eight teams comprised of a lead artist, an artist intern, and ten youth apprentices will create public art projects-locations to be annouced. 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 will be led through the entire mural making process, from canvassing community residents for design inspiration, to public design presentations, to conducting trolley tours of their finished projects. On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6-9pm, the youth artists lead a community design presentation where they will present their mural ideas at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center (1601 Pennsylvania Avenue).

“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 participates 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.

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

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.

Herb Massie

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.Quarter Column

Iandry Randriamandroso

Iandry Randriamandroso is a muralist and a graphic and community artist. He specializes in graphic and mixed media artmaking that focuses on environmental and social subjects. He uses his artworks as educational tools to facilitate inclusive and handson 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

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

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.

Mike Thomas

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,

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, The Morton K and Jane Blaustein Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Youth Works, Maryland Business Recovery Storefront Improvement Program of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Department of Commerce, Baltimore Department of Housing Summer Food Service Program, Avenue Market, University of Baltimore, Shake & Bake Family Fun Center and Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks.

Art @ Work 2016, photos by Nate Larson

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