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  • For Property Owners For Property Owners

    SSA 21 accepts applications to host a mural on a rolling basis.  Terms and conditions apply, but here's the gist:

    • Murals must be within the boundaries of SSA 21
    • Murals must face the public way
    • Murals should remain in place for at least 3 years
    • Maintenance funding is not guaranteed
    • Total fee for participation is $500
    • Murals are selected in the summer and fall
    • Site owners are invited to weigh in on artist/design

    Property owners can apply online or mail a paper form to:

    RE: Program Manager
    2611 W Lawrence Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625

  • For Artists For Artists

    RFPs are sent to local artists after mural sites are selected.  All artists are paid $3,000, which includes supplies.  Artists interested in being sent RFPs should enroll in our directory.  Enrollment takes only a few minutes.

    We are now looking for artists to paint our next mural!  View our RFP and submit a completed proposal by Thursday, September 28th.

  • For the Community For the Community

    PaintWorks murals need community buy-in before they can be installed.  Our current project - located at 2831 W Lawrence Avenue at the Cambodian Association of Illinois - is accepting donations here.

    All donors giving over $500 get thanked on the mural itself (pending conditions laid forth by the property owner).


    PaintWorks?  What's that?

    When able, our Special Service Area funds murals  to improve the vibrancy and aesthetic appeal of our community.  PaintWorks combines SSA dollars with crowdsourced donations to make it all happen.  Here’s how it works:

    • At the start of each calendar year, the SSA begins accepting applications from businesses and property owners who would like to host a PaintWorks mural (“Hosts”).
    • The SSA Commission chooses sites for a maximum of two murals per year, the first in Late Spring/Early Summer, and the second in Late Summer/Early Fall.
    • RFPs are sent out to Artists, who are matched with approved project sites.
    • Once an Artist and Host are matched, crowdfunding begins for the project on ioby.
    • Fundraising concludes after about one month.  If a project reaches its goal, the Artist begins their work.  If it does not, both Artist and Host must reapply.


    Why Murals?

    • Murals encourage people to walk around the community, bringing them into local businesses.
    • Murals discourage blight, and can cover up decades of graffiti and decay.
    • Murals create a sense of community, tying Lincoln Square residents together with shared art.
    • Murals can become destinations in their own right (see Hebru Brantley's mural on the Western CTA substation).


    Past Projects:
    "River Flight" - 2803 W Lawrence Avenue - Artist: Franklin Riley

    Current Projects:
    "Cambodian Color" - 2831 W Lawrence Avenue - Artist: Brandin Hurley

    Direct all questions to Program Manager Ryan Warsing at ryan@lincolnsquare.org.


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