CHICAGO (May 2013)— Garrett Popcorn opened itsfirst neighborhood Shop at 737 E. 87th Street and Cottage Grove in the Chatham neighborhood in December 2012. At that time, Chicago artist Rahmaan "Statik" Barnes created a colorful spray can art mural for the Shop entitled Global Intellect.
Now Garrett Popcorn Shops has once again commissioned Statik to partner with After School Matters teens from Kenwood Academy and Simeon Career Academy High Schools to create Sharing Handcrafted Happiness, a mosaic and spray can art mural that captures the spirit of the Chatham community while emphasizing the important role of art education. After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.
The teens, who are apprentices in Statik’s After School Matters mural programs, are designing a mural that depicts their own faces- bringing happiness and unity to their community. The mural is currently in progress at Statik’s art studio, and it will be installed at Garrett in Chatham in June. Chicago Trolley is generously providing transportation to and from the studio for the teens.
"After School Matters is so excited to work with Garrett Popcorn on this unique, artistic opportunity for Chicago teens," said Mary Ellen Caron, CEO of After School Matters. "We are grateful for the generous support of Garrett Popcorn and we look forward to working together in the future on more projects to improve Chicago communities."
"When we first opened our Shop at 87th Street, the Chatham community embraced us with open arms. We are thrilled to continue to support the growth of the neighborhood by supporting these talented and ambitious teens," says Melissa Mikolajczak, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Garrett Popcorn Shops®.