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2017 YEAR OF PUBLIC ART CHICAGO [YOPA].

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE] have designated 2017 the "Year of Public Art," with plans for special community projects, art festival, youth programs and much more.

The Chicago Public Art Collection includes more than 500 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and...

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2017 Selfie with Chicago Public Art Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE] have designated 2017 the Chicago "Year of Public Art," with plans for special community projects, art festival, youth programs and much more.

One of the biggest highlights of the celebration of 2017 as the Year of Public Art [YOPA] in Chicago, is the unveiling of the Chicago Public Art Plan. It is authored by DCASE, that is the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. DCASE...
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St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church

St. Stanislas Kostka Church is designated as Chicago's Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is the 'mother church' of all other Polish churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

It is a prime example of the so-called 'Polish Cathedral style' of churches in both its opulence and grand scale.

Along with the Basilica of St. Hyacinth, St. Mary of the Angels, and St. Hedwig's, it is one of the many monumental Polish churches visible...

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St. Benedict the African Roman Catholic Church

Address: 6559 S. Stewart Ave. Chicago, IL 60621.

Completed: 1989

Architects: Belli & Belli

Stained Glass Windows - by David Lee Csicsko.

From the Open House Chicago website.. Five parishes were consolidated into St. Benedict the African in the 1980s. Unlike most Catholic churches in Chicago, which were built by European immigrants, St. Benedict was designed specifically with and for its predominantly African American community. The result is a Modernist church—named for a slave in 16th-century Italy who followed...
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Studio Visit of Artist Muralist Hector Duarte.

It was part of Open House Chicago 2017.

On a cold, rainy day of October 14, 2017, I visited the studio of artist Hector Duarte.  The studio was vibrant and warm, with brightly colored murals on the walls that would cheer anyone on a cold damp day!  It was the first time that I was meeting the artist. He was very polite and courteous and willing to talking about his art. I at once felt welcomed and comfortable.

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Selfie with Artist Muralist Hector Duarte

October 14, 2017.

At Artists's Home-Studio in Pilsen.

Hector Duarte is a well known artist muralist in Chicago and his native Michoacán, Mexico. He was born in 1952 in Caurio, Michoacán, Mexico. In 1977, he studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siquieros, one of the giants of Mexican muralism. He moved to Chicago in 1985. He has created more than 50 murals that can be seen in schools libraries, transit stops and neighborhoods...

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Open House Chicago

Open House Chicago [OHC] event is organized by Chicago Architecture Foundation. OHC is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. OHC is a citywide event that includes more than 200 sites located in 20 neighborhoods. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms, OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely open to the public. The sites in these neighborhoods reflect...
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