ABOUT THE MILE OF MURALS
The Mile of Murals is a community-based public art initiative in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, located on the far north side of the city. The project began in 2007, and is sponsored by the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24. Our ten-year project goal is to paint a full mile of murals along the CTA Red Line track from Estes Avenue to Pratt Boulevard along the Glenwood Avenue train line. The project will result in 19 large-scale murals: ten block-long walls, seven viaduct walls, and two overpasses. New artists and themes are selected annually through a rigorous selection process juried by arts professionals and community leaders.
12 murals have been completed so far, on the following themes by these artists:
2008: Artistic Movement
Artist: Damon Lamar Reed (Chicago Public Art Group)
2009: The Heart of Rogers Park
Artists: Rahmaan Statik Barnes and Max Sansing (Chicago Public Art Group)
2009: Connect Origins to Destinations: A Brief History of Rogers Park
Artists: Dustin Harris and Lea Pinsky, in collaboration with 80 youth from the
Howard Area Community Center
2010: Community Leaders
Artists: Chiara Padgett, Sean Welker, Shawn Bullen, Won Kim, Dustin Harris,
Rahmaan Statik Barnes, Michelle Scott, Diana Berek, Juan Carlos Perez, Matthew Milkowski, Mona DiFiore, Paula Clayton, Lea Pinsky, Joanna Pinsky
2011: Patriotism in Everyday Life
Artists: COMIGO Colllective: Diana Berek, Chiara Padgett, Juan Carlos Perez
2012: The Digital Fronteir
Artist: Doze Green, with Ian Kuali'i
2012: The Sacred Guardians
Artist: Mear One
2013: Bike-- Family
Artist: Bruno Big
2013: Chicago: Wind, Sun, and Shine
Artist: Jeff Zimmermann
2014: Movement and Stillness
Artists: Peter Hurley and Scott Bullock
2015: It Starts with YOU
Artists: Dustin Harris and Lea Pinsky
2016: Audubon Mural Project
Artists: Ruben Aguirre, Cheri Charlton, Andrea Jablonski, Tyrue SLANG Jones, Anthony Lewellen, and Chris Silva.
The Mile of Murals project has garnered accolades from the City of Chicago's Tourism Office and the Chicago Tribune, and has participated annually in Chicago Artist's Month for the past several years.
Annual Requests for Proposals are disseminated in mid-February, and completed proposals are due at the beginning of April. Artists are notified by the end of April, and murals are to be painted and completed by October of each year. Stipends are competitive, and range per project. Local project coordinators Dustin Harris and Lea Pinsky provide support to artists in preparing and priming walls before painting, ordering paints, helping with storage needs, and sealing the wall after completion.
For more information about the Mile of Murals project, please email Ana Bermudez at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com