Art in the Park 2020 - Quarantine Edition!

posted Oct 19, 2020, 4:48 PM by UPAC UPAC
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Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) will be hosting an "at home" version of the organization's popular Art in the Park event this year due to current COVID-19 guidelines. The organization plans to distribute 1000 art kits to the community.

AITP 2020 - pic of contents of home art kits
The kits will be distributed free (1 per person, while supplies last) at the following locations:
- Monday, June 15th, 9AM - 1PM*  @ Monroe School, 3651 W Schubert. 
  The distribution will happen during the free meal distribution program
  * Please note that we may not be there the full 4 hours; it is only while supplies last. 

- Saturday, June 20th, 9AM - 1PM* @ Unity Park, 2636 N Kimball. 
  The distribution will also include mask distribution by Ald. Rosa & Commissioner Arroyo
  * Please note that we may not be there the full 4 hours; it is only while supplies last. 
Each art kit will contain a collection of materials including canvases, paint, brushes, craft supplies, papers, donated stickers and our 1st ever ART in the Park At Home Coloring Pages booklet.

Local artist Amie Sell ( is coordinating this year's ART in the Park and has coordinated the event for several years. Sell has enlisted the support of local arts collective AnySquared Projects whose members have donated 1000 stickers, donated images to and helped create an ART in the Park Coloring Pages booklet and have helped assemble kits at their Life In Progress exhibit at Hairpin Arts Center. A Logan Square themed coloring page centerfold by Scott Kroll is also included in the booklet. There are also plans to make the Coloring Book pages downloadable from the UPAC website (UnityParkChicago.Org)
AITP 2020 - Amie Sell, organizer

"Cancelling Art in the Park was not an option. Finding a way to pull it off during a pandemic was easy with many people wanting to do something joyful and positive for the kids. I believe art has the power to heal and asking the kids to Reimagine CommUnity is the perfect theme for these times where the future may seem abstract, but together we can begin to envision a world we never thought possible." stated Amie Sell, Art in the Park 2020 Coordinator.

"UPAC is proud to continue our history of providing a creative outlet for the community thru our annual Art in the Park. We may not be holding the event at Unity Park this year but we're still providing all the materials necessary for participants to art at home and create in place. We're thankful for such a supportive community that is helping make this new way of hosting Art in the Park possible and look forward to seeing how the artists address the theme of Re-Imagining CommUNITY! added UPAC's Robert Castillo.

ART in the Park is one of UPAC's Summer staples and brings together artists of all ages and skill levels to create art in an open air setting. This year, kits will be distributed so children can #artathome and #createinplace to ensure safety. UPAC will post pics of completed works on UPAC social media and participants are encouraged to tag UPAC using hashtag #artinthepark2020 with pics of their work or email images to: info@UnityParkChicago.Org and include first name, age & name of work. Artists will also have the option of having their work displayed at a future UPAC event and can arrange for a contact less pick up. Details will be posted on UPAC social media in the coming months.

AITP 2020 - A volunteer assembling the home art kits

Our 2020 Art in the Park contributors, partners, sponsors & volunteers include:

Alderman Carlos Rosa Amanda Dietrich Amie Sell Friends who assembled kits
AnySquared Projects Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. Connie Baznik James Monroe Elementary School, Principal Bryan Quinlan
Logan Square Mutual Aid Scott Kroll Sommers & Fahrenbach Full Service Printers State Representative Will Guzzardi
Tracy Kostenbader Unity Park Advisory Council The Waste Shed

Chicago Parks Re-opening Plans

Parks in Phases 3 & 4

Please click the headline above to read about how the Chicago Park Districts plans to open the parks this summer.

Remember, playgrounds can transmit COVID-19, and remain closed!

Summer Day Camp Registration

Register for summer programs hosted by the Park District at neighboring parks. We do not have these programs at Unity PArk, but we are planning to bring them soon!