In response to the aftermath of recent protests during the epicenter of the Black Lives Matter, Front Porch Arts Center has launched the Westside Mural Project.
Borrowing from the movement to beautify boarded-up businesses post-uprisings, we saw the importance of creating permanent public art in exaltation of voices and artists from Out West that can both celebrate Westsiders’ historical and cultural narratives through art and as well as add to community beautification. Our walls include the former site of Wallace’s Catfish Corner, Chairman Fred Hampton Mural, Central and Lake Viaduct, former site of the Mid-Austin Community Center, and the Kedzie and Harrison Police Lot.
Our monthly series, Westside Stories, centers the Great Migration ht as a way to honor, celebrate and archive the African-American historical and cultural journey from the southern states to the north on the Westside of Chicago.
This through a monthly public open mic for Westside residents and artists to gather in a communal storytelling forum that celebrates the Black oral tradition and the intergenerational nature of the front porch. These narratives will be housed in an online archive.