ENGLEWOOD — Englewood residents interested in public art can vote on new murals coming to the area.
Neighbors can vote until Aug. 27 on which design will go up in a viaduct at 58th Street and Racine Avenue. You can weigh in here.
The first option, “Family Pride,” puts the idea of family and community at the forefront, with the words “Black Love,” “Resilience” and “This is my Englewood.”
The second, “Our Future,” focuses on kids — future graduates, artists and athletes. “Time to Unite” would be written on the west wall.
The Englewood Public Safety Taskforce, a union of police, academic and community groups, will spearhead the mural under their grant-winning project, T.I.M.E. 21:36.
The project — which stands for This Is My Englewood and blends the area’s zip codes, 60621 and 60636 — received nearly $1 million in 2018 to fund community projects and pay overtime for local officers and crime evaluation tools.
Asiaha Butler, founder of the Residents Associations of Greater Englewood, said community members met before the pandemic to decide on the mural designs. The two final mock ups were chosen based on neighbor feedback.
“You go to other communities, and you see the art or sign that welcomes people to the neighborhood,” Butler said. “We want to bring some beauty to the community. Seeing art like the mural gives people a sense of pride and makes them want to do more to beautify the area.”
Joe “Cujodah” Nelson, an Englewood resident and member of the Englewood Arts Collective, will commission the mural. The painting will begin by the end of September, Butler said. Plans for a public unveiling and community participation are still being worked out.
In the end, Butler said she hopes by working as a team, neighbors will create something stunning for generations to come.
“We want to show that there are people here who care and really want to see something beautiful,” she said.
Residents can stay up to date on all details regarding the mural by texting TIME2136 to 313131.
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