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Penn Elementary by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: North Lawndale - 1616 S Avers, Chicago IL 60623
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 150 [4th-8th grade students]
Partner(s): Openlands
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.

Woodlawn Gateway at 67th by Erica Hawkinson

 

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

Morro de Providencia - Brazil by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Year(s): 2015
Participants: 20 [all ages]
Partner(s): MacArthur Foundation, US Consulate in Brazil, Unidad de Policia Pacificadora
Description: Situated in the oldest favela in the city, the mural focuses on Dodo de Portela, a local legend and important figure in the history of Carnaval.