Chicago Mural Group records

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

1 linear foot of material consisting of brochures, correspondence, minutes, financial reports, newsletters, printed materials, newspaper clippings, flyers, ephemera, and other administrative records of the non-profit Chicago Mural Group, now known as the Chicago Public Art Group. Much of the correspondence relates to fundraising efforts of artists and community activists. The collection includes issues of the journal Community Murals (1980-1986), files related to specific murals created by the group, and materials of related organizations. The materials were compiled by Lois Rosen, who served on the Chicago Mural Group Advisory Board and Board of Directors. The collection also includes a folder of Rosen's personal papers. Materials are mostly arranged chronologically.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago Public Art Group was founded in 1971 as the Chicago Mural Group by a group of artists concerned with the relationship of art to society. CPAG’s founding mission was to establish creative partnerships between artists and communities in an effort to transform and enhance the lives of residents in urban Chicago neighborhoods. Over three decades, what began as a mural-based cooperative broadened to include mosaics, sculpture, landscape design, and sponsorship of workshops and symposia.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Chicago Public Art Group Archive, Chicago Public Art Group.