Berwyn Public Art Initiative

$1,040 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 3 months
Created April 27, 2018

The Berwyn Public Art Initiative is a 100% non-profit organization, operated by Berwyn residents; Berwyn artists, and Berwyn business owners.

The Berwyn Public Art Initiative uses public art to transform Berwyn’s Depot District into a dynamic creative community and a destination neighborhood.

Our focus in YEAR ONE of the initiative is to install murals on the walls on Windsor and Stanley streets, which face the BNSF train line between Harlem and Ridgeland avenues. Murals will also be installed on walls in the surrounding Depot District between 31st and 34th streets. 

Think about how inhospitable the built environment around the Depot District is today. The blank walls and empty spaces discourage foot traffic and community engagement. People who live in the neighborhood, or who take the BNSF train line, have no real incentive to explore the Depot District, or visit local businesses. Public art initiatives in other communities clearly demonstrate that installing murals, sculptural objects, and other creative assets, dramatically increases foot traffic, community pride, and economic development.

To get a sense of how other communities have adopted public art as a strategy for neighborhood revitalization, take a look at Chicago’s Wabash Arts Corridor , Miami’s Wynwood Arts District , and Mansfield, Ohio’s mural project .

Your contribution on Go Fund Me will go directly to:
- Materials and supplies
- Lifts and other equipment as needed
- Artist commissions
- Certificates of Insurance

The Berwyn Public Art Initiative will shine a spotlight on the local art community, in addition to featuring world-renowned public artists. Berwyn has a vibrant local arts community that will benefit greatly from participating in the initiative. We also are looking to work with several internationally-celebrated public artists who are coming to Chicago this summer. With your support, we can bring them to Berwyn to install major works of art. Many of these artists have social media followings in the hundreds of thousands. Their dedicated fan-bases travels great distances to see their latest installations, and provide enormous support to the local business community. They include:

Brazilian artist Cranio
Pipsquek was here
Reka James REKA – Australian Artist and Muralist
Gary Stranger  
Greg Gossel

Commission: $4,000
Lift costs: $1,500
Materials: $1,500
COI:   $500
Total: $7,500

Photos © Sandra Steinbrecher 2018

Public art should not be confused with graffiti or tagging. Professional artists are increasingly taking their creativity to the streets to reach new audiences who may not visit museums. Many internationally celebrated public artists are earning six figure commissions for their installations.

In subsequent years, we anticipate branching out to other neighborhoods, so that the entire City of Berwyn becomes an internationally-renowned public art mecca.

Other Berwyn Public Art Initiatives will focus on installing sculptural objects on BNSF train platforms, placing pop-up galleries in empty storefronts, creating artist live/work spaces, installing sidewalk planters, and developing a festival of public art.

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Raised by 15 people in 3 months
Created April 27, 2018
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