Off the Wall was on the mark with mural

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Oak Park Area Arts Council's Off The Wall program recently completed its mosaic mural on the wall of Wonder Works Children's Museum in Oak Park's North Avenue Business District. Wonder Works is incredibly humbled to have this stunning piece of public art on the side of our building. We thank the Oak Park Area Arts Council for choosing the museum as a site. 

We also thank Judith Alexander, who was instrumental in making the mural happen at our location. The master artist, Carolyn Elaine, who has been with the Off the Wall program for 13 years, displays incredible talent, creativity, and innovation with her mosaic murals. It was an honor to get to know her and watch her beautiful work unfold. We are indebted to her passion and talent.

We should all be proud of the teens who participated as apprentices in the program with Carolyn Elaine. These are local teenagers who worked incredibly hard to produce a timeless installation that not only draws people to our museum but to North Avenue in general, an area of Oak Park in need of economic development and beautification. 

In the words of the Americans for the Arts:

"Cities gain value through public art — cultural, social, and economic value. … It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities, and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces."

The children who visit the museum are already engaging with the mural through their senses, and we are delighted with their reactions! 

On the behalf of the Wonder Works team and board of directors, we thank the OPAAC, Carolyn Elaine, and everyone who was involved in making the mosaic mural "Bliss" happen.

Rachel Rettberg

Wonder Works Children's Museum 

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