After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Correctional Facilities, Hospital, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Senior Center
Markus Tracy is a studio artist, muralist, award-winning arts and humanities programmer, and teaching artist. Markus actively exhibits his studio art and receives mural commissions throughout the United States. He also collaborates with artists, artist teams, schools, correctional facilities, civic and nonprofit organizations in community arts and place-making projects. Markus is a roster teaching artist for the state art councils of: Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and a roster teaching artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, Life Time Arts Creative Aging, Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, Baltimore Mural Program Mural Artist Registry and for the United Arts Council of North Carolina.
My success as a community artist occurs when I explore new artistic strategies through community dialogue, social activism, and partnerships with outside agencies such as, city/county cultural facilities, non profit/for profit agencies, civic institutions, public/private schools, reservations, and retirement communities. The community artist is "civically engaged" through partnerships in the understanding and celebration of cultural diversity, socioeconomic concerns, conflict resolution, celebration of past histories, current events that help shape individual communities, and hopes for a productive and sustainable future. The outcome of these "shared experiences" empowers individuals and communities to make positive choices fostering tolerance and respect. These relationships promote a positive outlet for artistic expression, community dialogue, access to social services, reduction of negative behavior among troubled teens, and life-skill experiences through the arts.