Peace Panda Project by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Multiple
Year(s): 2017
Participants: n/a
Square Footage: n/a
Partner(s): iGrow, Earthheart Foundation, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Peace Warriors of North Lawndale College Prep
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva; Jamie Porto; Kinga Szopinska; Michal Taylor; Jordan Taggart
Description: In 2016, Green Star Movement conceived of the Peace Panda Project, which would highlight the ways individuals and communities across Chicago promote tolerance, inclusivity, and non-violence, and then those efforts would be memorialized with permanent mini murals that installed in highly-visible areas in the city.

At the end of 2016, we fundraised for the Peace Panda Project and our generous supporters helped us surpass our goal. 

Over the course of 2017, we solicited ideas from people and groups to develop themes for 8 Peace Pandas that were designed, created and then installed* in neighborhoods across the city.

Almost all 8 pandas now have homes around Chicago and represent the ideals of family, cooperation, sanctuary, contemplation, perseverance, hope, community, and compassion.

*Due to weather constraints, we will be installing the final two pandas in the spring of 2018.

The Burnham at Woodlawn Park by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Woodlawn - 6154 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago IL 60637
Year(s): 2017
Participants: n/a
Square Footage: n/a
Partner(s): Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva; Meera Rampalli; Brad Mason
Description: Our team completed a mirror-mosaic sculpture and tile-mosaic benches for the courtyard of an affordable housing complex in Woodlawn run by the Preservation of Affordable Housing Chicago. The designs for both the sculpture and the bench were inspired by traditional African imagery and patterns.


Stevenson Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Ashburn - 8010 S. Kostner, Chicago IL 60652
Year(s): 2017
Participants: 120 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: 
Partner(s): Creative Schools Fund
Green Star Team: Jordan Taggart; Elnaz Javani; Devin Torres
Description: The students at Stevenson Elementary completed a music-themed mural that blends music staffs, musicians, and dancers from around the world.

Penn Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: North Lawndale - 1616 S Avers, Chicago IL 60623
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 150 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: n/a
Partner(s): Openlands
Green Star Team: Jordan Taggart; Kamelia Hristeva; Cassie Rogala
Description: With the support and inspiration of our partner Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, our team worked with the students of Penn to create a mural that emphasizes the beauty and wonder of the natural world. One of the highlights of the mural is a diagram of the process of photosynthesis.

Audubon Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Roscoe Village - 3500 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago IL 60618
Year(s): 2017
Participants: 20 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: n/a
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Jordan Taggart, Meera Rampalli
Description: Paying homage to their neighborhood and city, the students of Audubon Elementary in Roscoe Village incorporated the names of main streets near their school and elements of the Chicago flag into their mural.

Kiddie Center by Erica Hawkinson


Location: West Englewood - 1700 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60636
Year(s): 2016
Participants: n/a
Square Footage: 
Green Star Team: Michal Taylor; Jamie Porto; Meera Rampalli
Description: The building of Kiddie Steps 4 You Learning Center in Englewood, which provides childcare starting at 6 weeks, is now emblazoned with energizing images and inspirational messages for the students and community members in the surrounding neighborhood.

Amor de Dios Church by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Little Village - 2356 S Sawyer, Chicago IL 60623
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 30 [9th-12th grade students]
Square Footage: 900
Partner(s): After School Matters
Green Star Team: Michal Taylor, Jessica Saldana
Description: Through a contest opened to nonprofits in the community in the fall of 2015, our After School Matters students selected Amor de Dios Church for their summer beautification project. The church is central to the community and serves its constituents not only as a place of worship but also as a community center and food pantry. So, the students designed the mural to reflect the culture and contributions of the church to the neighborhood residents by depicting a woman offering fresh food flanked by a mayan calendar-inspired sun, fruit tree, and flowers.

Edgebrook Gateway Mural by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Edgebrook - W Devon Ave and N Central Ave, Chicago IL 60646
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 15 [9th-12th grade students]
Square Footage: 400
Partner(s): After School Matters
Green Star Team:  Kamelia Hristeva, Michal Taylor
Description: Continuing our beautification of the Edgebrook neighborhood, we worked with students through After School Matters to enhance the community's main intersection with a mural that highlights Edgebrook's motto, "Gateway to the Forest." 

Woodlawn Gateway Mural by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Woodlawn - Dorchester Ave + Marquette Rd, Chicago IL 60637
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 15 [all ages]

Square Footage: 1700
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Jordan Taggart, Elnaz Javani, Humberto Saldana, Meera Rampalli, Cassie Rogala
Description: GSM worked with youth from Woodlawn community groups plus hundred of volunteers from throughout the city to transform this space. Spanning the length of a Metra underpass in the center of Woodlawn, this gateway mural incorporates musical imagery that reflects the community's jazz legacy as well as floral motifs that represent the Woodlawn Botanical Garden.

This project was featured on NBC's Making a Difference segment in August 2016!

The Wooden Spoon by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Andersonville - 5047 N Clark St
Year: 2009

Participants: n/a
Square Footage: 80
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva
Description: GSM beautified the outdoor wide fired oven for this cozy cookery store.


Gresham Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Auburn-Gresham - 8524 S Green St, Chicago IL 60620
Participants: 60 [9th-12th grade students]
Square Footage: 275
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Jordan Taggart, Elnaz Javani
Description: GSM worked with students at Gresham Elementary on an inspiring indoor mural that proclaims "We can change the world together!"

Hedges Elementary by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Back of the Yards - 4747 S Winchetser Ave, Chicago IL 60609
Year(s): 2014-2017
Participants: 90 [8th grade students]
Square Footage: 2600
Partner(s): After School Matters
Green Star Team: Anna Soltys, Hana Kulovic, Lydia Shepard, Tatiana Garcia; Humberto Saldana, Claire Jakubiszyn
Description:  From 2014 to 2016, Green Star Movement (GSM) completed several murals on the north and west sides of the Hedges Elementary building as well as the interior hallways which honor the Mexican heritage of the neighborhood's residents. In 2017, for the entrance of Hedges Elementary, our team installed two murals dedicated to the country of Mexico. On the right is a depiction of Mexico's national coat of arms and on the left, a Maya Jaguar Mask which represents nobility and power.


Mann Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: South Chicago- 8050 S Chappel, Chicago IL 60617
Year(s): 2014-2017
Participants: 550 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: 3000
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Michal Taylor, Hana Kulovic, Lydia Shepard, Elnaz Javani
Description:  From 2014 to 2016, with the help of 4th-8th grade students from Mann Elementary, Green Star Movement completed murals that wrap around the school's exterior and brighten up the playground and cafeteria. In 2017, we completed the final phase of a 4-year project to wrap Mann Elementary with mosaic. The coup de grace was this 150 ft smoke stack that is covered in hot air balloons. The balloons' designs range from prominent African Americans such as Katherine Johnson of NASA and Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court to symbols of our community such as the Chicago flag and a cardinal, the state bird of Illinois.

Dulles Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Parkway Garden - 6311 S Calumet, Chicago IL 60637
Year(s): 2015-2016
Participants: 150 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: 800
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Michal Taylor, Neta Levinson, Jordan Taggart, Jamie Porto
Description: The first project at Dulles included two murals, one which promotes peace, innovation, and unity through a rainbow and flying doves.  The second mural spices up the school's entrance with a cool geometric design. In our second year, the students worked on a mural which faces 63rd St and features images of two children set in a block pattern and the uplifting phrase, "We are the future!"

Farragut Career Academy by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Little Village - 2345 S Christiana Ave, Chicago IL 60623
Year(s): 2014-2016
Participants: 120 [9th-12th grade students]
Square Footage: 7500
Partner(s): After School Matters
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva, Anna Soltys, Michal Taylor, Tatiana Garcia, Efren Adkins, Brendan Hudson, Teresa Miro
Description: Over several years, GSM completed many murals at Farragut, including the front entrance, interior courtyard, and school library with themes ranging from city life to the solar system.


Gunsaulus Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Brighton Park - 4420 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago IL 60632
Year(s): 2014-2016
Participants: 40 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: 2500
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva, Anna Soltys, Efren Adkins, Hana Kulovic, Teresa Miro, Michal Taylor
Description: Over several years, Green Star Movement completed several projects at this elementary school in Brighton Park. GSM murals can be found on the main entrance, facing the playing field and playground, and on the theater entrance.

Kozminski Elementary by Erica Hawkinson


Location: Hyde Park - 936 E 54th St, Chicago IL 60660
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 120 [4th-8th grade students]
Square Footage: 500
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva, Michal Taylor, Jordan Taggart
Description: The centerpieces in this mural about process and growth include a sprouting seed, a mature tree, and rays of light emanating from a book.

Skinner West Elementary by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Near West Side - 1260 W Adams St, Chicago IL 60607
Year(s): 2015-2017
Participants:  360 [4th - 8th grade students]
Square Footage: 600
Partner(s): n/a
Green Star Team: Kamelia Hristeva, Hana Kulovic, Neta Levinson, Teresa Miro, Elnaz Javani
Description:  For our first project with Skinner West Elementary, from 2015 to 2016, Green Star Movement (GSM) helped the 7th and 8th grade students beautify the facade of their school with stars, a Chicago flag, a skyline, and a 3-dimensional sculpture on the corner of one wall. For our second project, completed in 2017, GSM worked with 4th-8th grade students to create a mural that incorporates symbols from a variety of cultures to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of the school.