The mission of the Chicago Public Art Group is to unite artists and communities in partnership to produce quality public art and to extend and transform the tradition of collaborative, community involved, public artwork.

Our goals have remained consistent over more than 45 historic years of art making.

  • Design public art projects in partnership with the communities while maintaining a high level of artistic quality.
  • Introduce creative skills to children and adults, thereby providing them with tools to articulate their ideas and observations and the confidence to transform their physical environment.
  • Train and educate professional artists in the process of creating community responsive art projects, enabling them to become responsible leaders in the field of public art.
  • Educate communities to the social and aesthetic possibilities of collaborative public art.
 
Making Murals, Mosaics, Sculptures, and Spaces is a comprehensive manual for making public art in collaboration with community organizations.

Making Murals, Mosaics, Sculptures, and Spaces is a comprehensive manual for making public art in collaboration with community organizations.

 
CPAG supporters love our city and support our efforts to beau`tify and transform its public spaces. Make your gift today!

CPAG supporters love our city and support our efforts to beau`tify and transform its public spaces. Make your gift today!

In September, CPAG launched an initiative to save the All of Mankind mural.

In September, CPAG launched an initiative to save the All of Mankind mural.

For over 45 years our artists have worked with and for Chicago communities to create collaborative, high-quality public art!

William Walker, the artist who conceived of Chicago’s first community mural, The Wall of Respect, painted All of Mankind, Unity of the Human Race, in 1972 on a church in the Cabrini Green Homes neighborhood.

William Walker, the artist who conceived of Chicago’s first community mural, The Wall of Respect, painted All of Mankind, Unity of the Human Race, in 1972 on a church in the Cabrini Green Homes neighborhood.

For over four decades, CPAG has served as a space for artists interested in creating significant public works with communities to support and challenge each other in their work. With the creation of the online Community Art Guide, this discourse has been made available to artists around the world.