Last fall, I happened upon a new mural created by Yollocalli Arts Reach. I posted about it and received an email from the staff — with a map to more of their work!
The first piece I’ve checked out is Libertad in Barrett Park at Cermak and Damen in Pilsen. The mural covers the retaining wall that runs along the playground. It features a variety of famous faces including Frida Kahlo, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.
As with the earlier mural I’d seen, Jesus “Chucho” Rodriguez led youth in creating this work. It was part of a mural making class that also included an exploration of the history and tradition of mural making.
I love the mix of people that they youth chose to include.
I recognize Ghandi, Malcolm X and Emiliano Zapata. Can anyone help me with the other guy?
Several weeks ago, I took my friend V mural hunting on the south side of Chicago. On the way home, we took a swing through Pilsen so I could show her some of my favorite work. I was surprised and excited to find this new mural at 19th and Loomis:
The building is home to San Jose Obrero Mission, a nonprofit that provides shelter and employment services to the Latino community. The mural, “Wall of Hope”, was painted by artists from Yollocalli Arts Reach, the youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. Muralist Jesús “Chucho” Rodriguez led the project.
I don’t know much about Yollocalli except that they create opportunities for youth to partner with practicing artists in order to express their individual vision and to build their skills as artists. I love that they also partnered with a community service agency and created this piece that beautifies the shelter and draws attention to the mission’s work.