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Chicago kids channel their creativity into public art mural in Englewood


A summer project leads Chicago kids to channel their creativity into art.

A new mural in Englewood will not only help beautify the neighborhood, but also give young people something productive to do and put extra money in their pocket.

Production of the 1,000 square foot mural is underway under the Metra Viaduct along Marquette Road, just west of Wentworth Avenue.

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The mural, made up of nearly 300,000 pieces of frost-resistant tile, is a collaboration between Green Star Movements, Innovation 80 and the Yale Harvard Homeowners Association.

Green Star has over 170 murals all over the city and they’ve been around for 15 years.

In addition to beautifying Chicago’s neighborhoods, Green Star offers a high school internship and work program where students receive a stipend.

Project organizers say the effort is beneficial for the community and young people in particular.

“What we do through our programs is we teach kids work preparation, we teach them discipline, we teach them strategic planning and execution,” said Jordan Taggart of Green Star Movement.

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“This makes them [residents] feel good and happy because normally there would be nothing here. It would be just like a blank wall, but when they see people working hard, it brings them joy and excitement that someone cares about the community, ”said high school student Ezra Washington.

The group began the mural on July 6 and expect it to be completed by August 13.

Organizers say they are now working on funding for a mural to be placed across the viaduct as well.


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