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18th Ward by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Ashburn, W 79th St & S Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60652
Year(s): 2018
Participants: Volunteers and Community Members
Partner(s): 18th Ward
Description: This mural, located at a busy intersection on the Southwest Side of Chicago, is part of the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, which provided funding for a public art project in each of Chicago's 50 Wards.

The 18th Ward chose us to help beautify this Metra underpass to make it more pedestrian-friendly. They wanted a design that would name each of the different neighborhoods of the ward, showcase the diversity in the area, and highlight the fact that many people in the ward are civil servants, including police and fire fighters. 

 

Lakeview by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Lakeview-1025 W Belmont Ave, Chicago,IL 60657
Year(s): 2017
Participants: 15 [9th-12th graders]
Partner(s): Ward 44
Description: Inspired by the resplendent beauty of nature, this larger-than-life mural provides a splash of color and light alongside a sidewalk in Lakeview.

The Burnham at Woodlawn Park - Preservation of Affordable Housing by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Woodlawn - 6154 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago IL 60637
Year(s): 2017
Partner(s): Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
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.

 

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]
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.

Prescott Elementary by TechTeam

 

Location: Lathrop Homes - 1632 W. Wrightwood, Chicago, IL
Year(s): 2011
Participants: 600 [4th-8th grade students]
Partner(s): Family Focus
Description: Over 4 years, GSM completed 4 murals here, the largest of which faces the school's field and playground along Ashland Ave and illustrates that "we are the authors of our lives."