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Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Mural to brighten Central Park viaduct

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

“This world is not one color or culture. Everybody has a story. To tell that story or see that story reflected through art is extremely valuable to the community. The arts belong to everyone and our work should reflect that diversity.” – Jesse L. Martin

The West Elsdon neighborhood will soon have some more artwork to reflect its community. I recently attended a 23rd Ward community forum about the 59th and Central Park viaduct mural. The viaduct has recently been cleaned and refreshed. In its current state it looks so much nicer than previously. But by fall of 2022, it should be beautiful with the completion of a mural.

This particular Zoom meeting was to discuss with the public the steps of planning the mural. One thing I really liked about the speaker was she made her audience think. We pondered such questions like what is art, what is community, etc.

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I was honored to be asked to be on the advisory panel for the mural. Our first meeting is Sep. 14. The next public meeting will be held in February when updates will be provided on the progress.

There will be a police roll call on Sept. 9 in Garfield Ridge, in the St. Daniel the Prophet Church parking lot. The roll call will be held at 7:00 p.m. Father Rafal Stecz, 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch and the men and women of the Chicago Lawn (8th) Police District district. Roll calls are an awesome way to show support to our officers and community.

I would like to wish a very happy birthday to my husband, Robert, on the 9th. I also wish a very happy birthday to his cousin, Kippy, on the 6th.

Please have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the waning days of summer with burgers, brats and maybe even a beer!

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