Our Collaborative Process

Collaborative Design
Art Education Through Collaborative Public Art
Chicago Public Art Group animates the public spaces in cities and towns by working with architects, landscape designers, and urban planners to improve the understanding, appreciation, beauty, and stewardship of those spaces. We also conduct design and planning processes to help community members develop a community public art plan. CPAG visualizes concrete ways in which artists can contribute to a unique and inviting environment. Chicago Public Art Group understands how visual ideas can become actual projects.

Workshops
Presentations and Workshops
Chicago Public Art Group designs workshops and presentations to fit the needs of communities and educational institutions. We present image lectures on creative community sites and on the process of engaging the community in making public art. We provide workshops on the technical and aesthetic considerations in making glass tile and ceramic tile mosaic, indoor and outdoor murals, concrete sculpture, community bronze casting, best practices for project management, and public art in art education.

Community Development
Community Development through Intergenerational Projects
Chicago Public Art Group designs projects to meet the social and cultural goals of each client. Community dialogues, design sessions, visual research, oral histories, and problem solving sessions encourage communication and develop skills in working together. Community public art projects build community.

Artist Sonja Henderson assists community members in the creation of tiles for the MLK Living Memorial.

Artist Sonja Henderson assists community members in the creation of tiles for the MLK Living Memorial.

Community members create handmade ceramic tiles in a neighborhood artist’s studio for the Living 2007 bricolage.

Community members create handmade ceramic tiles in a neighborhood artist’s studio for the Living 2007 bricolage.

Ginny Sykes experiments with Darjit, a sculpture material assembled largely out of scrap and common materials.

Ginny Sykes experiments with Darjit, a sculpture material assembled largely out of scrap and common materials.

After School Matters teens work on the 57th street mosaic mural.

After School Matters teens work on the 57th street mosaic mural.