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PAINTING THE TOWN with AMANDA WILLIAMS

Amanda Williams, artist and adjunct associate professor of architecture at IIT, leads a group of young Chicagoans in a community beautification project in West Englewood. 

AIA Chicago visited the project yesterday as Mayor Emanuel was lending a hand. Participants in the ONE SUMMER CHICAGO jobs program joined forces with Williams in her continuing “Color(ed) Theory” project.  The group created new bright spots on the 6400 block of South Wood Street by adorning abandoned houses on the city’s demolition list with a new coat of beautiful color.  Even if only temporary, the transformation of these abandoned structures from eyesores to eye candy affects neighborhood residents whose commitment to their community deepens with every improvement.    

More than 24,000 young Chicagoans are employed in the ONE SUMMER CHICAGO jobs program.  Amanda Williams and her “Color(ed) Theory” project will be featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

photos by Darris Lee Harris