Everyone’s Picasso Celebration

Everyone’s Picasso Celebration


Tuesday, August 8th, was a beautiful summer day at Daley Plaza, Chicago. The setting was perfect for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Picasso sculpture’s unveiling.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “It is Everyone’s Picasso because it belongs to all of us in Chicago, and we share it with everyone in the world.”

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of both the Picasso and the Wall of Respect mural that once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue, the City designated 2017 the “Year of Public Art” with a new 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more—representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led comm

unity projects.

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The Everyone’s Picasso celebration included participation from contemporary arts leaders and artists and featured youth performances by the Chicago Children’s Choir and the After School Matters Orchestra.

Gwendolyn Brooks’s daughter read a poem her mother had read at the original dedication 50 years ago; one line is “Art urges voyages.” The artists participating in the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project were recognized—including Northwest Arts Connection.

We are proud to be an art partner with the 30th Ward on the murals beautification project.

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