Chicago's Year of Public Art

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2017 the "Year of Public Art" with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more -- representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.

Year of Public Art Events

To see a full list of events for the Year of Public Art, you can visit the Department of Cultural Affairs website, at

Bronzeville Mural Roots Trolley Tour

As part of the Year of Public Art, CPAG and art journalist, Jeff Huebner, will be leading tours showcasing Bronzeville's historic murals. The South Side of Chicago boasts more vintage African-American outdoor/community murals from the 1970s and 80s era of the contemporary mural movement than any other city in the nation, many of which have been restored in recent years. During this 2-hour tour, we'll view about two dozen socially conscious street murals and community-art sites inspired by the example of pioneering Chicago muralist William Walker (1927-2011), initiator of the epochal 1967 artist-collective mural Wall of Respect. Reflecting the Black American experience, the works depict themes of hope, heritage, pride, power, protest, and action, and form a largely unsung part of the city's cultural legacy. They were created by nationally renowned muralists such as Walker, Mitchell Caton, Calvin Jones, Justine DeVan, Siddha Webber, Bernard Williams, and Marcus Akinlana, along with more recent pieces. The tour is led by art journalist, Jeff Huebner, who's written or co-written several books and numerous articles on Chicago-area community murals and muralists. 

To register, click HERE or contact CPAG at and/or call 312-427-2724. 

Eugene Eda's Doors for Malcolm X College

This exhibit consists of 32 doors painted in 1971 by one of the founding members of Chicago Public Art Group and one of the principal artists of the Wall of Respect, Eugene Eda. This free exhibit will be at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) from now until June 25, 2017.