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12 park platforms are celebrating Chicago’s diverse community

12 park platforms are celebrating Chicago’s diverse community

July 8, 2019

Platforms placed in parks throughout the city are drawing Chicagoans to gather, perform, discuss and create ideas including a celebration of the 50 year anniversary of Pride. Twelve parks on the North...

‘Big Walls’ provides big opportunities

May 2, 2016

While the college is preparing to roll out its new branding initiative, Columbia students and alumni are doing branding work for the college on their own. Members of the Columbia community are working on 17 new murals that will decorate the South Loop in time for the Manifest Urban Arts Festival on May 13 as part of the Big Walls project, as reported April 25 by The Chronicle.The WAC launched in 2013 under the oversight of Mar...

‘You Are Beautiful’ artist tells students not to fear failure

‘You Are Beautiful’ artist tells students not to fear failure

November 9, 2015

Matthew Hoffman, creator of the “You Are Beautiful” project, visited Columbia’s Design Department  in the 623 S. Wabash Ave. Building on Nov. 5 for his talk, titled “Putting Yourself Out There....

Cubs’ success rubs off on Wrigleyville businesses

Cubs’ success rubs off on Wrigleyville businesses

October 19, 2015

The Cubs are not the only ones hitting home runs this baseball season. Businesses in the Wrigleyville area are cleaning up as the Cubs’ continue to win.                  Michael Gajos, a ma...

Strategic Plan sessions kick off at Columbia

Strategic Plan sessions kick off at Columbia

November 10, 2014

A series of roundtable discussions designed to attract input from students, staff and faculty kicked off Nov. 5 when attendees began weighing in on issues the college faces as it drafts its strategic plan. More faculty and staff members than students filled Ferguson Auditorium ...

Students encourage arts on campus

Students encourage arts on campus

September 2, 2014

While the South Loop has always been architecturally distinguished, public art spaces have been in short supply. Columbia is changing that through an effort to boost the art presence on campus and the surrounding community, by offering space to display student work on campus buildin...

President Obama in town, met with protesters

April 7, 2014

President Barack Obama is in Chicago April 2 to raise funds for the Democratic National Committee. However, his short visit attracted environmental protestors. Activists crowded West Fullerton Avenue i...

Making murals, enticing communities

By Emily Ornberg

October 21, 2012

In a city famous for skyscrapers and el trains, colorful murals in Chicago’s neighborhoods create a sense of cultural community.Over the years, the Chicago Public Art Group has curated numerous thought-provoking murals, mosaics and sculptures that stand as milestones in Chicago’s public art journey. Now the group is preparing for its 40th anniversary this November.Maria Gaspar, an artist from CPAG and instructor at the S...

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