A team of 10 teens spent six weeks designing, constructing, and painting the mural in Harlan Academy's courtyard. The teens are participants of the Metropolitan Family Services violence prevention summer program, and led by artists Todd Osborne and Amanda Mudrovich.
Metropolitan Family Services reached out to CPAG with their interest in the project. CPAG was able to secure additional funding from the Chicago Community Trust Fund's Safe and Peaceful Communities Grant to make the project happen. CPAG helps communities, such as Metropolitan Family Services and Harlan Academy, figure out how to make these project happen! From looking for funding to finding the right artists; we do so much more than just ordering the supplies, writing contracts, and organizing the payments.
This project was also a great example of artists mentorship. Todd Osborne has over ten years of experience in bricolage. He mentored Amanda Mudrovich, a mix media artist, to learn about the bricolage process. One of CPAG's core goals is to 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.
The mural will be unveiled on Tuesday, August 8th, noon to 2:00 pm at Harlan Community Academy High School, 9652 S. Michigan Ave.
We would like to thank Chicago Community Trust for awarding us the Safe and Peaceful Communities grant