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.

The MLK Memorial has Opened

Chicago Public Art Group invites you to join us in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's historic march through Chicago's Marquette Park. The Inner-City Muslim Action Network partnered with CPAG artists John Pitman Weber and Sonja Henderson and to honor the Chicago Freedom Movement and the heroic efforts in 1966 to protest segregated housing. 


The Martin Luther King Jr. Living Memorial is located on the South West corner of 67th and Kedzie Avenue. More information about the memorial can be found at http://www.mlkmemorialchicago.org/.  

MLK Memorial in the News

See the interview with Rami Nashashihi, Executive Director of the Inner City Muslim Action Network about the MLK Living Memorial:  Copy and paste this address:  http://abc7chicago.com/politics/newsviews-anniversary-of-mlks-march-through-marquette-park/1450155/. 

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.

View projects all over Chicagoland with our public art map. Zoom in on your neighborhood and see what projects are there.  Want to know more about a mural you pass by everyday? Click on each site for more information!


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

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

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.