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CPS students receive honors for painting history

The 9th Ward Artists’ Mural Program was launched in December 2016 by 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale. Rahmaan Statik, whose designs were selected and painted in the fall of 2017 by the students, received a commission from Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the 9th Ward. The program discovers and nurtures practicing artists, creative professionals and students from the community while beautifying the landscape and enhancing the image of the Pullman community that is undergoing a renaissance.

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ARTIST RAHMAAN STATIK (left) joined 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale and nearly 30 students from five Far South Side high schools at the dedication of the 111th St. and South Cottage Mural. Statik designed the mural painted by the students as part of a program launched by the Alderman and City of Chicago that provided a unique opportunity for them to learn about teamwork and collaboration while enhancing the community and gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of African American history.

Artist Rahmaan Statik, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, Tom McMahon, President, Pullman Historic Organization, Sergeant Regina Hightower, Chicago Police Department, 5th District, David Doig, President, CNI, and other representatives from businesses and community groups supporting the 9thWard’s Artist Mural Program joined students from: Carver Military Academy; Corliss Early College STEM High School; Harlan Community Academy High School; Percy L. Julian High School; and Richards Career Academy High School for the unveiling and dedication of the new mural, and the awards ceremony that took place after the mural’s dedication and unveiling.




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