Youth with an avid interest in the arts were selected from the Rosemont community, located 20-miles outside of Chicago, to participate in a unique project promoting the ancient art of muralism. And now you have the opportunity to meet and support their efforts. The group includes Guillermo Echeverria, Juana Garcia Ramirez, Andrea Garcia Chavez, Fabian Garcia, Francisco Garcia, Felipe Rodela Trujillo, Luis García and Maria Hernandez.
This group was given the incredible opportunity to work along side professional muralist Rahmaan Statik Barnes to conceptualize and create murals representative of their community.
When the project is completed there will be three murals, each 100 feet long by 15 feet tall, adorning wall space in the Rosemont Recreation Center located on Barry Street.
Murals have a long and revered history in Latin America and some of the greatest muralists were from Mexico including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Mexican muralism traces its roots to pre-Columbian times with murals often seen as the ideal way to inspire and celebrate community. The budding muralists were employed by Rosemont to work on every aspect of mural creation from thematic development to sketching to painting.
The “It’s Art Here” event launches this Friday July 11th from 5-9 p.m. and the entire community is invited to help kick off this initiative by painting a portion of the murals.
Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens noted, “This project is remarkable for the benefits it brings to Rosemont. These benefits include the invaluable hands-on learning and arts experience these Rosemont students will gain through their creation of the murals.”