Welcome to Chicago Public Art Group’s Community Public Art Guide: Making Murals, Mosaics, Sculptures, and Spaces, the most comprehensive manual for making public artworks through collaboration with community that has ever been produced. This site represents the collective experience of dozens of dedicated community public artists, working on hundreds of projects, with thousands of participants.

These pages provide:
—practical fundamentals for making technically sound murals, mosaics, sculptures, and spaces in collaborative settings.
—information on organizing collective design processes.
—analysis of the evolving aesthetic considerations in designing collaborative murals, mosaics, sculptures, and spaces.
—suggestions for incorporating public art making into the school curriculum.
—portfolios with project descriptions and images of over 100 significant community public art projects by Chicago artists.

For over three decades, Chicago Public Art Group has provided a site in which artists interested in creating significant public artworks with communities can come together to support and challenge each other in their work. With this website, we look forward to expanding this community of discourse to our colleagues in other places around the world.

Thanks to the Chicago Community Trust and the Graham Foundation for their encouragement and support to share the knowledge of Chicago community public art practices through this website.

Olivia Gude, Editor of Chicago Public Art Group’s Community Public Art Guide
Jon Pounds, Executive Director, Chicago Public Art Group


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