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CLUES Mural Apprenticeship Program Now Open!

CLUES is accepting applications to our new Latino Muralism Apprenticeship program, an intensive and immersive program that will cover all aspects of muralism, from its history and sociopolitical context to indoor and outdoor best practices to logistical skills like project management and fundraising.

We welcome applications for aspiring or inspired artists. No prior muralism experience is required, but a history of visual art-making is preferred (drawing, painting, graffiti, etc). The program is intended for adult learners of any age.

The program will be led by five Minnesota-based Latino muralists – Gustavo Lira, Olivia Levins Holden, Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, Camila Leiva and Claudia Valentino. Additionally, Daniela Bianchini will be leading a mosaic mural project, and we will also host guest artists, scholars and community leaders.

The program will run September 2019 through May 2020, and will be taught in three parts:

  • Fall 2019 – apprentices will meet for weekly 3-hour workshops and field trips covering techniques, context and logistics. Workshops will be held Tuesday evenings, 6-9 pm, from September 3 to December 10. Food will be provided at some of the workshops.
  • Spring 2020 – 8 workshops will be offered to the broader community; apprentices are not required to come to these workshops, but they will be invited to co-teach one of them each. Dates TBD based on participant availability.
  • September 2019 to May 2020 – apprentices will choose mural projects to work on with the lead teaching artists, as well as their own mural projects. This work will include community engagement, learning about fundraising, painting, mosaic mural making, design, sketching, etc. (estimated 4 hours per week on average).

Apprentices will participate in weekly workshops on a variety of techniques and topics. Additionally, apprentices will work one-on-one with mentors on ongoing mural projects. The project's educational goals are to teach contemporary techniques in mural-creation and also to situate today’s muralism within a broader tradition – in particular, to look at early 20th-century Mexican muralism, Chicano muralism of the 1960s and 70s, and other related art movements. The apprenticeship program will be offered as a bilingual Spanish-English class, and we will focus on the tradition of Latino/a/x muralism across the Americas.

Workshops will be held at CLUES Saint Paul (797 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55106), and will include field trips to various mural sites throughout the Twin Cities.


  • Application deadline: August 30, 2019
  • Meetings: Tuesdays 6-9 pm, Sep 3 - Dec 10, 2019
  • Location: CLUES, 797 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55106
  • Apprentices are also expected to complete weekly apprenticeship hours between September 2019 and May 2020.


See our support page to find more information. Applications will be accepted through August 30.

*Financial support is available for applicants with barriers to participation. Please contact Aaron Johnson-Ortiz directly ( if you feel like you need additional support.


For further information, please contact Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, CLUES Latino Arts & Culture Engagement Liaison. Email: Phone: 651-307-1908.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional funding is provided through the Bush Foundation Creativity Cohort 2 program.

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