Public Art in the 48th Ward


The 48th Ward is well known for its wealth of theatre companies, and with the announcement that 2017 is the Year of Public Art by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), there is a wide range of opportunity to install some amazing artwork around the community.

DCASE 50×50 Public Art Program.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DCASE have designated 2017 the “Year of Public Art” with a new 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more — representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.  Each of the 50 Wards will receive matching funds up to $10,000 to choose an art piece that will become part of the city’s vast public art collection.  The 48th Ward will be a participant in the program, and to be included among the artists to provide a work for our community, artists must be qualified by DCASE and submit a response to its Request for Qualification (Click Here).

New Public Art Projects for the 48th Ward.

Throughout 2017, the 48th Ward will be looking for artists to design and install art works in the community.  The best way to find out about opportunities is through our weekly newsletter, or on our website.  Please visit the home page to sign up for the newsletter.

We want your input.  Please send us your thoughts about possible locations where you’d like to see public art work in the 48th Ward.  Also feel free to share any comments on existing pieces or specific ideas for new ones.