A faded mural in Casa Aztlan in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Photo: Antonio Perez for the Chicago Tribune

Chicago Launches $1 Million Initiative to Create Public Art

The city of Chicago has announced that it will commission artists to create murals, sculptures, and other works in all fifty city wards beginning this summer as part of its “Year of Public Art,” a new $1 million initiative to bring art to public spaces.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the city is full of talented artists and this project will allow them to “share their work with the world.” The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is organizing a paid internship program that will provide young adults with the opportunity to work with community groups on the public art projects. All of the artworks produced will be dedicated during a Public Art Festival that will take place in October.