Cincinnati has officially upgraded from chalk. Art on the Streets is joining up with local artists to put some public art right under your feet, one crosswalk at a time.
Every Second Sunday on Main through October, a crosswalk or two on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine will be transformed—and you’re invited to do the painting.
“We decided to celebrate our community with vibrant crosswalks that are co-created with artists and community members,” says Margy Waller, serendipity director for Art on the Streets. “The Over-the-Rhine Community Council expressed interest in collaborative arts, and the Second Sunday on Main organizers invited us to do it while the streets are closed for their events.”
They began by getting design ideas from the community, and then three artists—Pam Kravetz, Carla Morales, and Beth Graves—created the art, again with community input. “On the day of painting, the artists chalk the outline and dot color on the pavement so citizen painters know what color to paint each area,” says Waller. “Anyone and everyone can paint!”
They’ve already pulled off a couple, on Main Street during Second Sunday and in Walnut Hills as a part of Cincy Summer Streets. The most memorable, successful part, according to Waller? “People coming together to celebrate a unique and vibrant neighborhood by co-creating a special piece of art that will surprise and delight visitors, residents, and workers—making the area memorable and special, a place people want to visit and live.”
Photos courtesy Art on the Streets.