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Castellanos Elementary by Amanda Martinez

 

Location: 2524 Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623
Year(s): 2018 Partners: After School Matters Participants: 9th-12th Grade
Description: This mural, located in Little Village pays tribute to Rosario Castellanos (whom the school was originally named after). Rosario is an influential historical figure from Mexico. She was a famous poet and author in the early 1900’s, known for writing about feminism and cultural oppression. The installation contains a famous quote from Rosario which reads “We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know is the first evidence of freedom.”

Woodlawn Gateway at 65th Street by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Woodlawn-65th Street and South Dorchester Ave
Year(s): 2017-2018
Participants: Volunteers and Community Members
Description: This sprawling mural spans both sides of the underpass at Woodlawn and 65th Street and is a tribute to the area's illustrious history and lush natural environment. The mural includes historic pictures of Woodlawn, depictions of local wildlife, and features the Obama family at the 2013 Inaguration Ball, Minnie Ripperton, Lorraine Hansberry, and Angela Davis. Our team later worked to add painted designs to the underpass columns.