Since 1994, Markus Tracy has been a community artist and coordinator of large-scale mural projects throughout the United States. Markus uses his community arts experience as the foundation to inspire, promote, and plan long-term programs for nonprofit agencies, cultural institutions, and for communities at-large. These projects have helped to address neighborhood crime, rehabilitation of troubled teens, cultural diversity, environmental preservation and sustainability, and of great importance, civic pride.
Markus holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. Markus currently lives in Miami Beach, Florida, to continue his career as a community artist.
The success of community arts occur when you 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, and public/private schools.
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 at-large 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 exercises in the arts.