If you are a resident of the south side, north division, or west side, colorful units filled with books may be popping up at a park near you.
MINI USA partnered with the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy and Saatchi Art to bring these artistically painted mobile library units to local parks. Students in the area, local artists, and international artists worked together to create and paint what’s called the “Library Project,” as part of the Chicago Park District’s Library Reading Initiative. The artist-designed mobile library units provide a space where books can be donated and shared for free.
“We understand that many children in urban communities do not have access to books to help them build their literary skills and inspire them,” said Terri Evans, Metro Marketing Manager of MINI USA Central Region. “By providing access to creativity and art, MINI USA is helping to make urban life better by enabling local students to think big and dream bigger through storytelling.”
The mobile library units were unveiled recently at MANA Contemporary Chicago Gallery in Pilsen. The event featured a VIP Afternoon preview, curator led-tours, and panels, which included “The Impact of Art in Urban Communities.” The WNBA’s Cappie Pondexter, Daniel Peterson from Project Backboard, and Terri Evans from MINI USA were part of that panel.
Chicago’s own Jabari Parker (NBA) and Cappie Pondexter (WNBA Indiana Fever), will be teaming up with a Chicago artist to each create their own library boxes as part of the project.
In addition to the these mobile units being placed in parks, MINI USA also announced that they will have a unit at each of their five Chicagoland Area MINI dealerships for a Book Drive from October – December. For every book donated at the book drive, MINI USA will match the donation to a local Chicago Park District (or local park or school in area).