Two gateway structures will be installed at the entrances of the Soul City Corridor along Chicago Avenue, one at Austin Boulevard and the other at Cicero Avenue. The three artists finalists in the competition – Wesley Clark, Sonja Henderson and Bernard Williams – were introduced at an online community forum held earlier this month.
The weeks-long exhibit “Finding Ceremony” has been held inside and outside Austin Town Hall the last several weeks. It ends Oct. 22 with a closing event from 2 to 5 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to see the artwork of Austin natives and other artists.
West Siders are invited to share their ideas about what kind of art they’d like to see in Austin on Jan. 26, either at 12 or 6 p.m. The meeting will be held over Zoom and led by Antonia “Toni” Ruppert.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 from 5900 to 5930 W. End Street. There will be a pop-up art gallery, peace garden, music and free refreshments. Sponsors include the Chicago Art Austin Council, Revelopment Management Resources, The Field Foundation, Central Austin Neighborhood Association, Third Unitarian Church, and Chicago Safe and Peaceful Communities.
The mural, named Wake Up, was completed by 14 young people from Austin and Oak Park this summer at Central Avenue and Lake Street as part of a summer program organized by the Oak Park Area Arts Council.
There was a dark time in America’s past when postcards of African-Americans strung up in trees crisscrossed the mail system found their way into mailboxes and photo albums. Standing in front of the victims’ bodies in these sepia-toned scenes is the lynch mob – men, women and children, many grinning ear to ear, like hunters posing with a prize.