How an art exhibition in an abandoned school taught us about repurposing

In 2013, Anthony Overton Elementary school closed down and was later purchased by the Washington Park Development Group. Since this beautiful architecture wonder use to be a modern and progressive approach towards education reform, it is now added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. As we’re slowly understanding that in order to fix Chicago, we need to fix the education, local artists have decided to create work that explore the past, present, and future of Overtons that will hopefully bring solutions to our problem. Black Yuppie creator Quest the Legend was invited to show his work for the event but because of the late notice, he wasn’t able to join. He did however felt that he needed to help bring awareness to what Creative Grounds is trying to do for our neighborhoods so he decided to attend as a guest and document the whole experience.

 

 

After exploring each room, I couldn’t help but to feel this cryptic feeling of emptiness and sadness. Even though each installation gave me a sense of hope for the future of education and how much aware our young students are about what’s happening to their surroundings, you still can’t help but to think about the displaced children that once vacated this location. I leave the images below for your own interpretation but make sure you follow creative grounds to stay up to date on their next projects.