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The Right to the Shoreline

Sam Kling, Cynthia Weiss, and Sonja Henderson discuss the Right to the Shoreline and the art it inspires, cohosted with the Chicago Public Art Group.
A Chicago Public Art Group piece.
Chicago Public Art Group
Samuel Kling
Cynthia Weiss
Sonja Henderson
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About This Event

Does public space really belong to the public? The Right to the Shoreline is a collaboration between the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which commissioned CPAG and its core artists to create a public artwork in response to the report The Right to the Shoreline: Race, Exclusion, and Public Beaches in Metropolitan Chicago. This report examines the racist origins and impact of access restrictions at municipal beaches in the Chicagoland area and provides a series of recommendations to remedy these inequities.

Join us for an artists' talk on July 7 at the Evanston Art Center. Artists Cynthia Weiss and Sonja Henderson will discuss their work on the project. Afterward, report author Sam Kling, director of global cities research, will offer his perspective on carrying out the research and collaborating with artists on the project. 

About the Speakers
Samuel Kling
Former Fellow & Director of Global Cities Research
Council expert Samuel Kling
Samuel Kling joined the Council as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow before transferring to his role as a fellow and director of global cities research. His research focuses on mobility and urban planning policies, and how historical perspective can inform policymaking today.
Council expert Samuel Kling
CPAG Artist
Cynthia Weiss is an artist with Chicago Public Art Group who creates work that builds a narrative whole from the juxtapositions of its parts. She specializes in mosaics, mixed-media work, and paintings.
CPAG Artist
Sonja Henderson is a painter, sculptor, and mosaic muralist. Her public artwork ranges from exquisite mixed-media tile mosaics in Rwanda to the MLK Living Memorial in Chicago.