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.

Chicago Public Art Group: Past, Present + Future

October 13, 2016

Please come to our annual fundraiser! Enjoy food, drinks, and music. Learn more about CPAG's past, present, and future. Meet the artists who make it all happen. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: The CPAG Studio, 600 West Cermak Road, Suite 3B, Chicago

Parking and Entrance on Jefferson

If you're interested in event sponsorship, please email mpavkovic@cpag.net.

To purchase tickets click here.


“Weaving Cultures”

An extension of Aurelio Díaz’s Galería del Barrio mural at 16th and Blue Island. Across the street, Samantha Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi have completed a parallel mural that reinterprets Díaz’s original work. “Weaving Cultures” celebrates underrepresented women of diverse backgrounds. The 15 ft. x 40 ft. mural was developed to increase awareness and encourage a dialogue around unity and acceptance.

The original mural, which extends along 16th Street’s railroad tracks, was painted in 1976 with the help of students and community members under Díaz’s guidance. This mural, featuring rows of male faces in various expressions, has also been restored.

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!


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!


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.