Success! Creation of Sculpture Park in Ronan Park
“Plant a seed, grow a tree” is a good analogy to use for the Multicultural Sculpture Park and Healing Garden since that’s just how the concept of the community-designed and governed project has become a reality. After four years of planning, NRC and its partners, over 25 groups so far, have successfully reached an agreement with the Chicago Park District to use Ronan Park for the garden (located just west of the Chicago River at Lawrence Avenue). The project embraces our community’s multicultural heritage through the creation of a community space that is to feature a rotating schedule of sculpture, cultural activities, and free performances, as well as a community-designed and managed healing garden. Our first sculpture pieces were installed in April, 2011 with and our official open community Ground Breaking was on Thursday, May 19th at 3:30pm in Ronan Park.
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"Art and gardens have the power to heal, renew, and inspire. They can help bridge social and ethnic boundaries in a community and can build cohesive, beautiful, and healthy neighborhoods."
This is the belief of North River Commission and its partners.
As a result of community participation, connections between groups and individuals, and the on-going efforts of local institutions, organizations, and neighbors, we are moving forward with the community-based sculpture garden that will provide a serene center for gatherings, reflection, and spiritual well-being.
Albany Park's Sculpture and Healing Garden will be located west of and along the north branch of the Chicago River, just north of Lawrence Avenue. A public space with incredible potential, this site will serve as a gateway to Albany Park while also being accessible to surrounding neighborhoods and visitors.
North River Commission and its partners envision a sculpture garden where residents of, and visitors to, the greater Albany Park area can find beauty and peace, where those who have fled the turmoil of their homeland or the chaos of their homelife can rest and renew. In the garden, all can experience the power of inspiration and motivation and the spiritual healing of art and nature. The creation of the garden and its on-going development and programming will be a community-wide effort to promote well being and strength in our community.
What to expect
The park will feature a rotating display of sculptures that reflect the diverse people of Albany Park and will portay various interpretations of healing. Community gardens will be created and maintained by local organizations and space will be provided for community events and gatherings.
Community involvement will occur in all aspects, including...
Governance: the garden will be administered and cared for by a consortium of Albany Park institutions, such as community development groups, local universities and colleges, ethnic associations, hospitals, and businesses.
Design, Building, and Maintenance: community groups and individuals, guided by professionals, have participated through the planning process and will continue to be included as we move forward.
Featured Sculptures: an open and transparent application process for interested community groups, individuals, professionals, and amateurs.