Chicago Public Art Group's leader is coming to Detroit

DETROIT - Jon Pounds, renowned community and public art expert, will be in town on December 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. The Skillman Foundation has partnered with YouthCan! to sponsor Mr. Pounds' visit. He will share his passion and love of producing high-quality public artwork in neighborhoods, and explain how his work in Chicago and nationally can inform, inspire and improve neighborhoods and build communities.

Pounds, executive director of Chicago Public Art Group, has presented workshops on public art and the community design processes nationally, including cities such as San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston and Cleveland. He has also served as consultant to mural organizations in Philadelphia and New York City. Pounds has committed almost two decades to developing the ability of organizations, artists and residents to respond more fully to community needs and create public art in neighborhoods.

If you are interested in this dynamic experience, please RSVP with Ife Johnson at 248.703.5684 or, or contact Sharnita C. Johnson, program officer with The Skillman Foundation at 313.393.1185 or

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey/Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central and Cody/Rouge - and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.