InsideOut Studio artists create more installations in Butler County

Davis said studio artists work alongside company or organization employees, or possibly community members, on a commissioned project.

“They will work as leaders and teachers to co-create pieces to install,” she said.

Greater Oxford Community Foundation executive director Betsy Hope said they funded the Talawanda mural grant, and so when they wanted something to honor the organization’s Paving the Way award winners , she called InsideOut.

“Instead of doing something like a wooden wall plaque, we decided we wanted something that made more of a statement,” Hope said.

The artists will paint a mural on a wall inside the foundation and on parts of two adjoining walls, which reflects the greater community of Oxford. Recipients of Paving the Way, foundation founder James Robinson was the first in 2021, will have classroom bricks on the mural, also known as “Paving the Way.”

“Instead of paying a rewards company, we thought of involving one of our nonprofit partners,” Hope said. “We like to support nonprofits.”

The performers are also “a breath of fresh air,” Hope said. “They are so friendly, so fun, so upbeat. They love what they do, they create art, they get out into the community, they meet people. I think that’s really important.

Later this year they will create a mural at Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. Nuxhall Foundation executive director Tyler Bradshaw said he would meet with Davis this week and it was to finalize the design.

Davis said the community can engage with artists at InsideOut studios because they have a community education program. Community members can enroll in art classes and a staff member will co-teach with one of InsideOut Studio’s artists, which is another opportunity for them to earn a salary.

“They really get the chance to show off their talents and they build relationships and friendships,” she said.

But if the public just wants to buy the art that’s already been created, they can, Davis said.

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