Tag Archives: Jill Arena

Jeff Fest Art Partners – 2014

Arts Alive Chicago worked behind the scenes of Jeff Fest Music and Arts Festival to make all the arts in the park sing out in beautiful colors and more.

Gateway Mural – North

This Gateway Mural is designed by Jill Arena to highlight the businesses and attractions in the Six Corners area.  OIPA and Six Corners Association pooled their resources to fund the mural and students in C. Deaton’s class at UIC came to help out for community involvement credit. Painted by Cyd Smillie, the bad weather came … Continue reading Gateway Mural – North

Re:Thinking Mural

  While painting the “ill fated” Paschke mural Arts Alive Chicago artist Cyd Smillie was stopped by an area parent and asked to please paint a SCIENCE MURAL for his children who walk through the underpass on Ainsley to go to school every day.  A year later funds were collected and that daughter Abigail was … Continue reading Re:Thinking Mural

HepCat Mural

Hep Cat, designed by Tony Sparrow, was the first “art for art sake” mural done in conjunction with Arts Alive Chicago (then in transition and identified as Arts Alive 4 Chicago because the name AAC  was already taken).  This is when Jerry Rowgowski and Shannon Kemp joined the team and one of the murals the … Continue reading HepCat Mural

End of Watch Mural

In response to a social media post, Arts Alive Chicago (then Arts Alive/45) painted the “End of Watch” mural, designed by Jill Arena and painted by Cyd Smillie, to honor all the fallen officers in the City of Chicago.  At the dedication family and fellow officers were invited to fill in the badge number of … Continue reading End of Watch Mural

First Responders Mural

In honor of the first responders and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Jill Arena designed and Cyd Smillie painted the First Responders mural around the corner from the Fire Station on Milwaukee. During the painting of the mural one little boy pointed out to his grandfather “Look Papa, Lady liberty” and the grandfather … Continue reading First Responders Mural

Jeff Park Jazz Mural

The first mural by Arts Alive Chicago (then Arts Alive/45) –designed by Jill Arena and sponsored by the neighboring Copernicus Foundation, this mural served as a welcoming gateway to the Jefferson Park community before it was covered over by the vinyl Paschke Mural produced by the Rabb Family Foundation. This was also the beginning of … Continue reading Jeff Park Jazz Mural