They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, it’s hoped a mural in Englewood working to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine will save a life.
On 63rd and Halsted, an Englewood family stands with an important message that reads: “Protect yourself and the people you love.”
The mural was commissioned by by Amplifier, a nonprofit committed to highlighting community issues through art and media.
Chicago artist Brandon Breaux created a digital mural that was printed and hung, to promote vaccine awareness. Breaux says in a media-driven world, where there is a lot of false information, he wanted to use his art to educate.
“We use art as a mechanism to cut through the noise,” Brandon Breaux said. “It has a good history of being able to do something. So we beautify our communities, and create this work that leaves people informed, but at the same time uplifts them at the same time.”
This uplifting image displays the Evans family; father Dale, mother Charli and their 18-year-old son John. They’re the founders of New Generation Harvest Church.
“We are here to try and help in that aspect and say listen, ‘We may not know each other by name, but we can feel each other's pain.’ You go through something, we go through the same thing,” said Dale Evans.
They hope their advocacy will stretch beyond the homes of their neighbors, but within their family as well, including their eldest son who isn’t featured in the mural.
“Our grandchildren are vaccinated,” Charli Evans says. “Everyone is vaccinated, but our oldest son is not vaccinated. I hope he sees this.”
While this physical mural might be temporary, Breaux hopes that the message behind it lives forever.
“We have a responsibility to put our best foot forward and continue showing up, so that future generations have that example of what things should look like,” Breaux says.
The mural, located at 63rd and Halsted streets, features a QR Code, which will direct folks to Facebook’s COVID-19 information center, who is also a sponsor of the project. Other community partners include One Health Englewood, Teamwork Englewood, Voices of West Englewood and Gordie’s Foundation.
The mural is one of two featured in this community campaign. Another mural with a similar message was installed this weekend nearby on 64th Street and Ashland Avenue.
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Angel Idowu is the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent.