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Evanston Utility Boxes Come Alive

Community Art Project Completed By One River School Students

Post Date:08/14/2019 11:45 AM

Street ArtArt and community came together this summer to create something beautiful as students at One River School spent the past few months painting murals on utility boxes in downtown Evanston. 

The creative project began with a conversation among teachers at One River School about how they could beautify Evanston through a collective community-based art project. They also wanted to find a way to teach their Street Art Summer Camp students about public art and engage them in contributing to the Evanston community. 

Drawing inspiration from a project completed by One River School in Lincoln Square, where students painted Lincoln-themed parking meters throughout the neighborhood, the teachers decided to partner with Downtown Evanston to facilitate painting the City’s utility boxes.

After seeking approval from the Evanston Arts Council, the teachers, many of whom are professional artists, decided they would first design the murals as a digital template and then turn those designs into stencils for the students to use to paint the boxes. Street Art Ergo

All of the designs were created as a way to highlight the uniqueness of the Evanston community including images of Grosse Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, public transportation, and downtown Evanston. 

One River School is creating a digital and printed walking map with locations and descriptions of all 14 painted utility boxes. The digital map will be available on their website and the printed maps will be available at their booth during the Downtown Evanston Block Party on Thursday, August 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Fountain Square. Community members can pick up a map to embark on a self-guided walking tour, with artists stationed at each stop to talk about the project. The walking tour is free with RSVP

In addition to a booth at the Block Party, BLICK Art Materials will be conducting chalk spray paint demos and student artists will be using the paint to create washable artwork on the sidewalks.

For more information, contact Humberto Saldana, Director of Education, or Lisa Degliatoni, Director of One River School, at 847-737-5806.

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