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Garrett Popcorn Shops®, After School Matters, Simeon Career Academy and Kenwood Academy High School Mural Program Students

 
CHICAGO (August 2013)— Garrett Popcorn Shops, in partnership with After School Matters and The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co., will host a Community Mural Unveiling at the Garrett Shop in Chatham, 737 E. 87th Street, on Monday, August 19. 

Garrett commissioned Chicago artist Rahmaan "Statik" Barnes to partner with After School Matters students 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.
 
In celebration of this and the Back to School season, Garrett will offer complimentary treat size bags of Chicago Mix from noon – 2 p.m. on August 19 at its 87th Street Shop only.   The New Generation Fancy Drum Team drum line will provide entertainment as Garrett and After School Matters staff, the artists, students, city officials and neighborhood leaders gather to unveil the mural installed on the east side of the Shop at 2 p.m.

"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 and the growth of these talented and ambitious students," says Megan Chody, Director of Community Outreach for Garrett Popcorn Shops®.    

The After School Matters students will arrive to the unveiling via a trolley from Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co., who generously provided transportation for the students throughout this project. A Chicago Trolley will also be streaming music throughout the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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