Answering a callout on the weekend of Aug. 8-9 to paint the message "BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER," BIPOC/TGNC artists took part on the artwork, located between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue.
A local Andersonville artist offered a $2,000 donation match to help raise the funds to pay each artist for his/her/their time.
According to a press release, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) began the process of asking permission to paint the mural with the 40th Ward and the City of Chicago six weeks ago, but did not hear back from the City until late Aug. 6. The city officially greenlit the project for the weekend of Aug. 8-9 in response to the recent death of activist Caleb Reed in Emerson Park, which is also located in the 40th Ward.
Photos by Eric Brock and Danica Milich