“The Spirit of Progress” is a mural created to bring a visual representation of the existing pride of past, present, and future of the Evanston community. Bold colors and effortless composition depict themes of hope, education, spirit, growth, and friendship. The mural also shows local landmarks and architecture as symbols of the neighborhood. “The Spirit of Progress” brings new life to a beloved mural that was painted on the wall by a team of Cincinnati artists in the early 1980s, but began to show signs of aging and deterioration. With the blessing of the original artist team, the Evanston Community Council, Xavier University, and ArtWorks partnered to create a new mural.
This mural was created in partnership with Xavier University, The Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning & Evanston Community Council.
Jordanne Renner and Jessica Jones
M’Shinda Abdullah, China Nicholson, Terrance Norris, Danielle Freeman, Ian Hermans, Perrin March, Sophie Shiff, Gabriel West, Diana Rosing, Abbey Smart
School Outfitters & The George & Margaret McLane Foundation, American Scaffolding, Inc., Charles H. Dater Foundation, power2give Project Contributors, The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Ladislas & Vilma Segoe Family Foundation, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, 2015 Adopt-an-Apprentice Campaign Contributors, ArtWorks Board of Trustees
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWave, The City of Cincinnati, Ohio Arts Council, P&G
Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank Trustee