After-School Artist Brightens a Patch of Chicago Highway


WGN-TV news, Chicago

Sixteen-year-old Layla Ehsan, a participant in Chicago’s After School Matters high school arts program, recently took the grand prize in a competition against 60 other student artist wannabes. Her prize? The commission to paint a giant mural on the blank wall of warehouse overlooking Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway. The result is a whimsical, color-filled view of the cars on a  Chicago El train. After School Matters, which offers training in the arts, technology and other areas to Chicago teenagers, takes part in Wallace’s effort to help establish citywide systems of high quality out-of-school time programming.

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