Who We Are

Artmakers Inc. is an artist-run, politically-oriented community mural organization that creates high quality public art relevant to the lives, work and concerns of people in their neighborhoods.

Established in 1983, Artmakers has created over 50 murals primarily in New York City, but also nationally and internationally.

Artmakers works in collaboration with community based organizations, block associations, LDCs, public schools, community gardens, health care and mental health facilities, homeless shelters, day care centers and other arts organizations. Artmakers helps groups determine mural themes and content, and involves them in all aspects of the murals’ creation.

Young people work as paid apprentices through Artmakers’ Pre-Professional Training Program. Exposed and held to the highest possible aesthetic standards, they learn valuable skills – both artistic and job-related. Artmakers also consults with community groups interested in organizing community murals on their own and, for a moderate fee, will provide on-site visits, design workshops, and production advice.

New Projects

Artmakers is currently developing three mural projects for 2014:

  • in Harlem (Manhattan) with Yelimane Fall, a Dakar-based Senegalese artist
  • in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in collaboration with an after-school program
  • in Matera (Basilicata), Italy with a local preservation organization

Artmakers is working in collaboration with Francesc Sitges-Sardà
 on a video documenting the making of The Federico García Lorca Murals (2011-13) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

More information about these projects will be posted as details are confirmed.



Artmakers welcomes artists wanting to work with us on upcoming projects and
individuals and companies offering material support (paint, brushes, supplies, etc.).

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2006    National Mural Award
Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center (San Francisco, CA) to
Artmakers’ collective mural When Women Pursue Justice

1993    Women Waging Peace Award
New York City Commission on the Status of Women to
Artmakers’ artists Rochelle Shicoff and Janet Braun-Reinitz for
East New York Women’s Wall and other Artmakers projects

1991    New York City Human Resources Administration Award
for the Auburn Shelter (Brooklyn, NY) mural project

1988    Elizabeth Chapin Award for Volunteers in the Arts
Citizens Committee for New York City to Artmakers and Eva Cockcroft……



The Federico García Lorca Murals (2011-2013)

“A Mural of a Spanish Poet in Bushwick, Confounding and Enchanting,”
David Gonzalez, The New York Times, July 7, 2013

“Bushwick Mural Uses Spanish Poetry to Capture Diversity,”
Bryan Koenig, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 22, 2012

“A Walking Tour of the Federico García Lorca Murals,”
Francesc Sitges-Sardà, July 17, 2013, (video)

“Cuatro grandes murales llevan la poesía de Lorca a las calles de Nueva York,”
EFE Agencia, July 13, 2013 (text)

“Cuatro grandes murales llevan la poesía de Lorca a las calles de Nueva York,”
EFE Agencia, July 15, 2013 (video)

Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals (exhibition)

“Powerful Messages in Art on City Walls,”
Mary Cummings, The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press, June 16, 2009

“African Diaspora at Amagansett Library,”
Elise D’Haene, East Hampton Star, May 26, 2009

“City Murals’ Past Beauty Chronicled,”
Jeff Wilkins, Daily News, May 12, 2009

“Behind the Mural: How Public Art Impacts Us All,”
Aaron Short, Courier Life, April 2, 2009

On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City (published February 2009)

“On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City,”
Gotham History Blotter (essay, excerpted from Chapter 1 of the book)

“Art on the Wall Inspires Duo,”
Eleanor J. Bader, The Brooklyn Rail, March 6, 2009

“Female Muralists Dip Brushes in Women’s History,”
Eleanor J. Bader,  Women’s eNews, February 19, 2009

“On The Art That’s
All Around Us,”
Rosten Woo, City Limits, May 4, 2009

“On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City,”
James Peacock, American Studies Today Online (Keele University)

“On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City,”
Eleanor J. Bader, The L Magazine, March 4, 2009

When Women Pursue Justice (2005)

“The Women of Nostrand and Greene,”
David Reinitz, 2006 (excerpt from hour-long documentary)

“Mural a Tribute to Women,”
Joyce Shelby, New York Daily News, October 5, 2005

“A Benediction,”
Eleanor J. Bader, Brooklyn Rail, December 2005-January 2006

“Art News: When Women Pursue Justice,”
Women in the Arts (National Museum of Women in the Arts). Holiday 2005

“Bold Tribute: Brooklyn Mural Celebrates 90 Women Activists,”
Eleanor J. Bader, Women’s Times, March 2006

“When Women Pursue Justice,”
Eleanor J. Bader, Z Magazine, April 2006

“Bed-Stuy Murals Honors Female Leaders,”
Brooklyn Downtown Star, Emily Keller, October 20, 2005

“Bed-Stuy Murals, ‘When Women Pursue Justice,’ to Celebrate Herstory,”
Stacy McKenzie, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 14, 2005

“When Women Pursue Justice: Female Pioneers Loom Large In Mural,”
Karen Zraick, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Courier, October 10, 2005

“The Murals on the Wall in Bed-Stuy: New Exhibition Examines Nabe’s History through Public Art,”
Beth Stebner, New York Daily News, February 4, 2014

La Lucha Continua, The Struggle Continues (1985)

“La Lucha Continua,”
East Village Review November-December 1987

“Hot Art in the Summertime,”
Lucy Lippard, In These Times, October 2-8, 1985

“La Lucha Murals: Making a Political Art Park,”
Eva Cockcroft, Community Murals Magazine, Winter 1985

Miscellaneous Articles

“Ask About New York City’s Community Murals,”
an interview with Jane Weissman and Janet Braun-Reinitz, The New York Times, City Room Blog, April 20, 2009

“Answers About New York City’s Community Murals,”
The New York Times, City Room Blog, April 22, 2009

“Answers About New York City’s Community Murals, Part 2”
The New York Times, City Room Blog, April 23, 2009

“Answers About New York City’s Community Murals, Part 3”
The New York Times, City Room Blog, April 24, 2009

“Consensus, Community and Political Murals,”
Jane Weissman and Janet Braun-Reinitz, Public Art Review, Fall-Winter 2005

“Locating the Politics of Contemporary Public Art: Towards a New Historiography,”
Afroditi Climis Davos, 2009 (This thesis abstract discusses the above article.)

“An Immovable Feast: Murals in the City,”
Grace Glueck, The New York Times, July 22, 1988


Support for Artmakers Inc. has been provided by foundations, corporations, government
agencies, local businesses, and many individuals. Artmakers thanks all our funders for their
generous support.


The Baker Foundation
Brooklyn Arts Council
Furthermore, a program of The J.M. Kaplan Fund
Independence Community Foundation
The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation
North Star Fund
Open Meadows Foundation
The Puffin Foundation
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
The Sister Fund

New York Council for the Humanities
NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery
former NYS Senator Carl Andrews
former NYC Councilmember Letitia James

All private contributions to Artmakers Inc. are fully tax-deductible under the law, and are greatly appreciated. Artmakers is a fiscal client of New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Special thanks to Kyrie Tinch for making this website possible