The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance Mosaic Project
The Prairie District/South Loop is a growing vibrant community in the midst of a major transition. What was once an industrial district has become a family friendly neighborhood. It is a hidden oasis just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the loop. This neighborhood has undergone some major changes in the past 10 years, but there are still some unsightly remnants of this industrial past.
One specific spot is the railroad underpass on Indiana St. between 15th and 16th. The rundown rusty look is in no way compatible with the young vibrant neighborhood we otherwise call home. The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance has committed itself to the task of creating a mural on both sides of the underpass. A mural is an opportunity to represent the new spirit of the neighborhood as well as engage our community in the process. Public art serves two primary functions: It provides a tool for economic revitalization and creates community identity. It helps shape the quality of life for people in a community by offering a form of expression that embodies a community’s spirit. It represents a sense of community pride and brings people together. Moreover, public art attracts people to a community who bring a broad array of talents and experiences, further enriching it.