Building Bridges Arts Collaborative
Reaching our Tenth Anniversary in 2016
Building Bridges was founded in Cleveland Ohio on the west side of the Cuyahoga River by artist Katherine Chilcote and Pastor Doug Horner. Katherine Chilcote and Pastor Doug began to collaborate back in 2004 for a mural for the exterior of St. Paul's Community Church. Many projects branched out from that year, as Building Bridges built a board of directors and formed as a 501 c3 in 2007. As we grew as an organization the Cleveland Foundation invested in our growth through Project Access, providing Consultant Janus Small to help us form our long term strategic plan for integrating public art into the urban fabric of Cleveland. Ten years later we have completed 26 murals for the greater Cleveland Area, as well as branched into work in multiple other cities. We have served on average 150 youth per year with our Summer Mural Institute, and Artist Mentoring Programs. Through those programs our organization has brought the mural making process into the public schools, and residential treatment centers of Cuyahoga County. Our Summer Mural Institute provides a positive job training experience to youth ages 15-19 who are aspiring emerging artist. We create a paid work training experience to bridge the gap in the workforce opportunities available to creative artists. Through experiential learning in the processes of creating community based public murals, our teens find their creative voice.