Press Release Daniel S. Solis - Alderman 25th Ward

Press Release: Ald. Solis Announces Public Art Initiative

Tuesday August 21, 2012

For more information, contact: Lauren Pacheco, 312.925.0381 Lauren.Pacheco@cityofchicago.org

Ald. Danny Solis introduces a ward-wide public art initiative designed to transform neglected, inactive spaces or sites plagued with vandalism and, to develop a restorative and preservation plan for older community murals.  In response to establishing a community friendly and supported public arts program, Alderman Solis introduces Art in Public Places: A 25th Ward Community Initiative.  The addition of a diverse selection of creative community experiences in the 25th Ward builds the communities overall creation of a pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically pleasing environment for residents, business owners and visitors.  Additionally, this project is about connecting artists with creative opportunities.

Alderman Solis has personally seeded the production of 12 new community murals.  The goal of the public art initiative is an anti-vandalism approach to un-sanctioned graffiti in the 25th Ward.  The Art in Public Places initiative hopes to not only crack down on defacement but expects a refocus of city abatement efforts in other areas on the community.

“In addition to the economic benefits that are realized through the implementation of public art initiatives, this effort will also create and enhance the cultural, educational and artistic value for the community. Public art, can symbolize a broader shift in thinking among the city’s political and art establishments,” said Ald. Solis in a statement.  “Leveraging local and out-of-state creative talents will offer a spotlight on Chicago’s contemporary, public art assets.”

25th Ward Art in Public Places Initiative examples:

  • 16th Street from Damen Avenue to Halsted Street: A diverse curation of local and out-of-state public mural projects including: NiceOne, Brooks Golden, Jake Castro, Hebru Brantley, Ruben Aguirre, Rodrigo Mireles, Uriel Correa
  • Curatorial partnerships with Pawn Works and Chicago Urban Art Society, a Pilsen-based art organization identifying local and out-of-state Artists and Muralists such as Jon Burgerman, RAE, Gaia, Reyes, and ROA.  Also, National Museum of Mexican Fine Art, The Resurrection Project, Pros Arts, Yollocalli Youth Arts Reach and their After-School Matters summer youth program, among others.
  • Restoration of specific culturally relevant murals
  • Revitalization of Plaza Tenochtitlan mosaics by Muralist, Hector Duarte, Chicago Public Art Group and youth artists
  • Other community murals include: Chema Skndal!, Diana Solis, Pablo Serrano, Chris Silva, among others.
  • Chinatown Centennial Public Art Projects in old and new Chinatown.

Alderman Solis announces a community dedication event and trolley tour during October’s Chicago Artist Month spotlighting murals in the 25th Ward.  Individuals can submit a proposal on a rolling basis- view online at www.ward25.com.

Press examples includes:

Vandalog: http://blog.vandalog.com/2012/08/gaia-and-roa-in-chicago-thanks-to-pawn-works/

Juxtapoz: http://www.juxtapoz.com/Street-Art/roa-mural-eaten-up

Redeye Chicago: http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/events/redeye-ernest-goes-to-20120816-002,0,977274.photo

Redeye Chicago: http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2012-08-17/news/33252285_1_pilsen-street-artist-wall

Brooklyn Street Art: http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2012/08/09/reyes-78-in-chicago/