Michelle Obama School Mural

$11,760 of $9,900 goal

Raised by 91 people in 23 months
My name is Chris Devins . I am a Chicago, IL based  Artist/Urban Planner known for large, outdoor murals of A. Philip Randolph, Rashid Lynn (Common) , Lorraine Hansberry, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and the Bronzeville Marianos ,  Chatham 2.0, Hyde Park Heroes , and other community Art initiatives.

I am seeking to raise at least $5000 in community support to create a large scale, outdoor mural of First Lady Michelle Obama. The total cost of the mural is approximately $15,000. I plan on matching some of the funds donated by the community and raise additional funds from local community organizations. Additionally, I plan on donating at least $500 to  Bouchet Elementary, which she attended,  for school supplies for its students.

The purpose of this mural is to give today's children someone they can literally look up to and to celebrate Mrs. Obama's life and accomplishments during the last 8 years as First Lady of the United States.

The mural shown is preliminary and will most likely change in the final rendering. Planning and preliminary work will occur throughout this winter. I expect to create the mural in March, 2017.

I can’t tell you how grateful we will be for your donation. Thank you.
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Chris Devins Studio
IG: @chris_devins_
http://chrisdevinscreative.com
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My practice: I look at public art through an Urban Planning lens. I'm interested in the social space, how an image occupies that space, placement and what it does for the space more than the image production itself. Many times, I am curating a set of images, sort of like a DJ selects a set of records. Like a DJ, I mix a smattering of my own original material into the mix. The goal is highlighting the Identity of the area and if an image other than my own does that better, I will choose it. I use public domain images or I track down the owner of the image and license it. If the strongest thing about an area is its past Identity, I use images from the past. If it's about the present Identity, I take original photos of its residents and highlight that. This interest in Identity is informed, I'm sure, by my own relationship to personal Identity as a bi-racial person. Often, when I speak of my involvement in a work, I am speaking of selection, not necessarily origination. I am saying, "Look how this image I've selected relates to the space around it, look how it affirms the Identity of the area." My intentions can be confusing, because sometimes, as in my Hyde Park Heroes Initiative, I do produce the images. Hopefully, this makes it interesting, as well.
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As promised, here is your digital copy of the completed Michelle Obama mural. If you would like a physical print mailed to you, simply email a short request and your address to us through the Go Fund Me portal.

Original image: Collier Schoor
Additional design: Gelila Mesfin
Mural: Chris Devins Creative
Mural Photo: Jose M. Osorio
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$11,760 of $9,900 goal

Raised by 91 people in 23 months
Created November 8, 2016
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Ms. Sanders
21 months ago
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If you see hee, you can be her.

$20
Anonymous
23 months ago
$50
Carole Marshall
23 months ago
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There hasn't ever been a finer first lady, and an inspiration to all

LJ
$25
Lillian Johnson
23 months ago
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A beautiful lady that is worthy of honor.

$25
Anonymous
23 months ago
KB
$15
Kat Barnes
23 months ago
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What an amazing woman. I am so delighted at the idea that her wonderful self could serve as an visual inspiration to the sweet children of her former school.

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