Saturday, August 28, 2010

Uplift Bricolage Dedication This Morning

Today from 10am-11:30am, the new Uplift School bricolage will be dedicated at 900 W Wilson.

"Teens, elected officials, Chicago Public School representatives and others celebrate the Uptown neighborhood as After School Matters and community organization Green Star Movement unveil a new bricolage mosaic mural.

The mural, designed this summer by After School Matters teen participants in Green Star Movement’s Uplift Bricolage Mural Program, conveys a message of hope and excitement to the community and will be displayed over several outer walls of Uplift Community High School. Over the course of a six-week program, these teens refined their artistic skills and collaborated to focus the mural on themes of social justice, community, history, and education.

Saturday’s dedication ceremony will feature remarks from supporters including 46th Ward Alderman Helen Shiller, Uplift Community High School Principal Stephanie Moore, After School Matters Executive Director David Sinski, as well as several spoken word and dance performances by After School Matters teens from the Uplift Bricolage Mural Program."


  1. Interesting that this ceremony has the same starting time as the anti-violence meeting listed below.

    Will any UU'ers be attending one or both of these events?

    I wonder how many people will leave one event to go to the other?

  2. A few years ago, students were asked to paint a mural of anti-government radical, Che Guevara.

    Today, students are asked to put up a mural with a very, very small reminder of "Our Lady of Perpetual Division."

    I have become increasingly embarassed for the school leaders. They really don't get it.

  3. "Yawn"

    Marshmallow Fluff.

    Show me a mural dedicated to ending the mindless violence, the mindless stamp of approval of the blight up here, and I'll turn up.

  4. Marshmallow fluff? That's insensitive. It's not just about the mural's message, but the work that went into it. Green Star works with students throughout the whole process; the students design the mural. So what you see, is what's important to them. The jail-like building that WAS Uplift's campus? That building was something to yawn about. The transformation of the school's aesthetic via this new mural is something to be in awe over.