CPAG Projects

Awakening of the Americas, 1995

In 1995-1996, Hector Duarte created Awakening of the Americas, or El Despertar de las Americas, in the Latino Cultural Center at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). In the… More


Benu: The Rebirth of South Shore, 1990, Restoration

In 1990, artists Marcus Akinlana and Jeffery Cook created this 20 x 60 ft mural on Jeffery Plaza with the assistance of Joe Matunis, Kiela Smith, and… More


Honor Boricua, 1992

Honoring Humboldt Park’s predominantly Puertorriqueño heritage (Boriquen is the island’s original Arawak Indian name), this mural depicts the Puerto Rican flag flying from the island, across the… More


Peace by Piece, 1998

This courtyard installation is one of several mosaics created by John Pitman Weber and Nina Smoot-Cain at the Beth-Anne Life Center. In this installation, youths from the… More


Shiva 2021, 1994

In 1994 John Pitman Weber, Dzine, and La Force Alphabetick collaborated to create this mural piece with the help of eight young people from Northwest Youth Outreach.… More


The Great Migration, 1995

Marcus Akinlana’s The Great Migration gracefully encompasses the south-facing wall of the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center on South Michigan Avenue. The mural depicts the mass migration of… More


Tribute to Pullman Porters, 1995

Aptly sited on either side of a train underpass in North Pullman, this mural honors the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the nation’s first black labor union,… More


Urban World at the Crossroads, 1997

This mural at Orr Academy High School transformed a formidable blank wall into a jazzy collage of color, pattern, and realistic rendering. Echoing the modernist architecture of… More


Where We Come From…Where We’re Going, 1992, Restoration

For this oral history mural on the Metra underpass in Hyde Park, Olivia Gude asked various passersbys, “Where are you coming from? Where are you going?” The… More