The Hubbard Street Murals, on Hubbard between Ogden and DesPlaines in Chicago, were originally painted during the 1970s. A few years ago, Union Pacific Railroad began repairing and replacing the aging concrete train embankment, unfortunately affecting the artwork in the process. The HSMP began seeking interested individuals and groups to restore some panels and bring new artwork to the refurbished embankment. With support from Union Pacific Railroad, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, the mural project lives on. The new murals maintain some of the original themes: wildlife, endangered species, ethnicity, and Chicago history.
During 6 successful seasons, we completed more than 2-1/2 blocks of mural art on Hubbard Street (from Elizabeth to Racine, and Racine to May, and then east of there, between Aberdeen and Carpenter), as the second round of the Hubbard Street Mural Project. Hundreds of individual volunteers, submitting artists from all over the world, and visiting community groups, sponsors, artists and our growing volunteer staff have worked together to produce over 50 artwork panels. We've showcased our work, through the Department of Cultural Affairs' Chicago Artists Month.
If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, please email us at HubbardStMural@yahoo.com. We are looking for dedicated volunteers that can offer approximately 10 hours per month and 3 Saturdays during the painting season. Positions needed are: artist mentors, mural restoration artists, artist coordinator and scheduler, certified public accountant, legal counselor and grantwriter.
Please visit the gallery section to view our progress, join us to paint, and let us know how you'd like to contribute your talent, energy, good hard work, cash or check.