Illuminations: An Edgewater Art Experience
CHICAGO (October 1, 2021) – To bring art and light to available storefronts and areas that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and CTA redline construction, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce presents Illuminations: An Edgewater Art Experience, a community-wide public art project runs October 1 – 31. This project follows last year’s Reflections, a public art experience that brought artistic messages of hope and unity to the neighborhood after the fallouts of the pandemic and protests last summer. Illuminations features local street artists, professional muralists, mosaic world masters, fine artists and more. This public art initiative is presented by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, SSA 26, First Midwest Bank, Bark Bark Club and supported by the Chamber’s Elite members Salon Echo, Caramagno+Associates, Green Element Resale, Dave Frederickson State Farm, Loyola University and Byline Bank.
“The Chicago Mosaic School loves to ’shine a light’ on the beauty and creativity that is Edgewater. If we can be part of the discussion around arts, social justice, and creative expression as we did last year with Urban Arts Restart and Paint the City, we will all feel more connected to our neighbors and city.” says Karen Ami, Owner of the Chicago Mosaic School, home of one of the Illuminations pieces.
More than 10 light based art installations will be on display on Broadway, Bryn Mawr and Granville. More details may be found at edgewater.org with information about the art, artist, and participating locations. There are no admission fees; online donation options to support chambers initiatives are available.
“We are excited to once again partner with the community and transform Edgewater streets into open-air galleries that celebrate art and creativity through a beautification initiative that spotlights and enriches our streets. Centering this year around light, we focused on the concepts of opportunity and optimism in spaces that may otherwise go unnoticed amidst the current CTA construction.” said Christina Pfitzinger, Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce “Highlighting the unique voices of the community and bringing art out of galleries, these storefronts become showcases for amazing artistic talent and light the way for community conversations about the future of our urban landscape.”
This program brings attention to small business corridors, available properties and the Edgewater community areas that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and CTA construction project. Illuminations: An Edgewater Art Experience also encourages residents to explore the art already present in the neighborhood, seek out new places, and spaces, and connect to the community through art. Edgewater has an active arts community and legacy of public art; Illuminations goal is to shine light to the existing Edgewater art cityscape.