Community Art Project in Maywood
For the last couple of months, Sara Hamdan, our Uniting America fellow in the Bridgeview area, and I have been working on trying to put together a community art project in the suburb of Maywood. Our community art project came about from our desire to create a public art that would unify the Maywood community. We wanted people to showcase an art piece done by the community that promoted not only the diversity of Maywood but the need for unity. We wanted people to feel proud of their community and be able to represent their community through public art. After much uncertainty about the future of our project, our community art project is finally moving full steam ahead! Sara and I have teamed up with St. Eulalia Parish’s Quinn Community Center and Imagine Art Studio to create a six part mural at the Quinn Community Center. Through this project the Quinn Community Center seeks to continue to beautify their space as they develop more programs to service the community of Maywood. The Quinn Community Center already has a beautiful and inspirational mural at their entrance (showcased in the picture above) and we hope our mural will also bring hope and a sense of community to the families that come to the Community Center. Rachel Weaver Rivera, Imagine Art studio’s artist and founder, has great experience doing a variety of public art projects including some with the Chicago Park District. We are very excited to have her join us on this project.
The mural will be showcased in the Quinn Community Center’s dining room where their soup kitchen takes place every Tuesday. We will be working with volunteers and the families that attend the soup kitchen to create the mural. Each section of the mural will represent one of six words: faith, hope, community, unity, justice and peace. Every person involved will have the opportunity to contribute their own drawing of what at least one word means to them. We will then put the images together in each of the six parts of the mural. The whole mural project will be a representation of what the community believes these words mean and why each is so important in our lives. We will begin our mural on Tuesday, June 5th and continue to work on the mural every Tuesday for the next month or two. We hope to have our great unveiling on Tuesday, July 24th. As the project progresses, we hope to continue to let everyone know how it is going so keep a look out for our updates!
If you enjoy creating art or working with youth and families and would like to take part in our mural project, please let us know. We are looking for volunteers in all stages of the process. If you cannot volunteer but would like to donate, please also let us know. We are in the process of acquiring art supplies for our project.
For more information about the Uniting America Maywood Community Art Project, please contact:
Militza M. Pagán Sara Hamdan