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.