Children Are Our Future: 1979 Mural Reborn along the 606 Bloomingdale Trail
In 1979, 3 artists from the former Chicago Mural Group collaborated with the Youth Service Project to create a youth-led mural that illustrated the climate of the vibrant, culturally rich, urban neighborhood. This was the first public mural of its kind to incorporate mosaic, sculptural concrete relief work and significant text. Titled Children Are Our Future, the work was inspired by the 1979 International Year of the Child proclamation. The mural included the poetry of participants and community members, statistics on neighborhood employment and justice involvement rates, as well as imagery of the neighborhood culture. This project fostered community involvement, forging inter-generational relationships between the artists, youth participants and community members. Recent urban planning initiatives resulted in the removal of the mural, taking along with it important cultural history. In 2015 the Trust for Public Land invited original artists Catherine Canjandig and John Pitman Weber to re-imagine this innovative work and re-design a mural at the original location. As was done in 1979, this project was created with local youth artists from the Youth Service Project. This project recognizes the importance of space reclamation, inter-generational relationships, youth voice, and youth-led art practices.