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Celebrating the Murals of Humboldt Park

For the new mural "Untitled," Artist Bernard Williams worked with the Black/Brown Working Group of West Humboldt Park to visualize a mix of local and global history, personal and group experience, and spontaneous reflections.

The rich complexity of the Humboldt Park community and a sample of the many organizations working in the neighborhood were on display at Los Vecinos on North Avenue on Oct. 30.

On a crisp, sunny Saturday morning, more than 100 residents came out to dress up for Halloween weekend, sample healthy foods, make art, tour a set of local murals, parade around the neighborhood, and more.

The event was sponsored by archi-treasures, an arts-based community development organization, to celebrate the Humboldt Park Mural Arts Project, which promotes murals as local destinations and uses them as a tool to revitalize the health, well being and vitality of Humboldt Park.

HP MAP is a project of the Building Community through the Arts Committee of the New Communities Project in Humboldt Park and is facilitated by archi-treasures.

The oldest exterior Puerto Rican mural in Chicago, "La Crucifixion de Don Pedro Albizu Campos" was restored this summer.

“The project is not just about creating new murals, but also about thinking about murals in a more comprehensive way,” said Joyce Fernandez, the executive director of archi-treasures. “They’re a distinctive part of the community, and they’re an engine that can drive economic development.”

For the full story, along with several more pictures and a slideshow, please see the Humboldt Park Portal.

Posted in Placemaking, Humboldt Park

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