Young people are so much more productive and successful when they feel a sense of pride and ownership over their community. It really is that simple.
Community art projects are powerful way to generate a sense of pride and ownership. Recently, one group of ten students met at Chicago Commons over 8 weeks and came up with creative ways to spread positive feelings in their neighborhood, Back of the Yards.
They agreed upon a simple message: “Chase your dreams.”
Then they installed the message in a large fence using paper cups. Such a simple idea — one that the students created and implemented themselves. We need to keep these ideas coming. Next up: students are creating portraits to be installed around the neighborhood. Keep your eyes peeled.