ChiCAT Outdoor Mosaic Fountain Project

ChiCAT and CPAG have partnered with 15 student artists to create a powerful mosaic fountain for the ChiCAT educational center. This fountain will be a gathering space for the students to study, play, and socialize. The fountain will be poured concrete measuring about 9'X6'X2' (done by contractors) then covered in mosaics made with glass and gold tile, natural crystals, and stained glass elements created by the lead artists and student assistants. These natural crystals and stone elements, known for their health and spiritual benefits, are intended to empower and inspire the ChiCAT students. This fountain will be a beautiful permanent piece of artwork for all to admire for years to come.

Sepia Unveiling

“Sepia”, new murals celebrating the spirit of Little Village and North Lawndale with portraits of community leaders from both neighborhoods are located at two underpasses. The finished murals will be unveiled on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at noon. All are invited to come to 2230 S. Central Park Ave. for the unveiling, where Alderman Munoz, artists, residents and CPAG representative will speak about the project. The celebration will continue at La Villita Community Church at 2300 S. Millard, where residents can speak to the artists to learn more about the process.

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Sepia Project

Chicago Public Art Group will work closely with members of the North Lawndale and Little Village communities to create a public art project on four BNSF rail underpasses walls – one at Cermak and Central Park, and the other approximately 2225 S Trumbull. The Sepia Project will unite community members in design and painting processes, and will be a lasting testament to the unique spirit of those neighborhoods.

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Senator Dick Durbin Visits MLK Living Memorial

On Tuesday, October 18th, US Senator Dick Durbin visited the MLK Jr. Living Memorial in Marquette Park. The morning began with a community conversation hosted by Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at Holy Cross Hospital. Following the conversation, Sen. Durbin toured the MLK Living Memorial and met the artists, John Pitman Weber and Sonja Henderson.

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Weaving Cultures

“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.

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Creating Places Symposium

When you design public space today, you know you are designing for the future. The best work will involve as many people as possible as early as possible and produce community sites that reflect a society’s vitality and creativity. These same principles guiding successful public art and design projects were at the heart of Creating Places 2007, a two-day symposium sponsored by Chicago Public Art Group and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute. More than 100 civic leaders, community development professionals, artists and urban planners gathered together to understand how each other worked on public space issues and approached future opportunities.

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Living Bricolage

Community is at the heart of Living 2007, a gorgeous bricolage produced by Chicago Public Art Group; Alderman Mary Ann Smith; and youth from Alternatives, Inc. hired by After School Matters. Like anthropologists unearthing a hidden world, Chicago Public Art Group artists Tracy Van Duinen and Todd Osborne spent 18 months working with Edgewater residents and community groups to uncover the neighborhood’s rich history.

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