A Chicago art project with a vision

By Taylor Provost, Assistant News Editor

On Halloween, Chicago natives and tourists began telling the city their life wishes through The World We Want, a public art project in Pioneer Court on Michigan Ave., brought to the community by local Chicago ambassadors and artist and creator of the project, Amber Rae.

Blackboards are set up in the courtyard where citizens are encouraged to write on the boards and finish two phrases – “I want to live in a world where…” and “to create this world I will…”

According to the project’s public Facebook invitation, the project “invites you to reflect on your vision for yourself and the world. We create spaces that invite honest reflection and expression for one simple reason: To connect us more deeply to ourselves and each other.”

The aim of the project is to showcase the community’s “collective visions and ownership in bringing them to life,” according to The World We Want’s website.    The World We Want is not Chicago-exclusive – the first blackboard wall opened to the public in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 26, 2014. The project continues to spread to other cities.

The World We Want blackboards will remain in Chicago’s Pioneer Court until Nov. 19. Photos and other news on the project can be found online using the project’s hashtag #TheWorldWeWant.

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