Lincoln Elementary School will host a spring benefit at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., 7-10 p.m. on April 13. The event, “Historic Places/Contemporary Spaces: Arts, Gardens & Enrichment,” sponsored by Lincoln’s Parent Teacher Association, will help bring about improvements to the school’s outdoor spaces and highlight the recently renovated school’s history.
Sarah Laing, PTA Public Space & Benefit chair, said, “Our spring benefit at the Evanston History Center will highlight Lincoln’s rich past while moving the school into the future.”
The public-space projects planned for Lincoln include a student-created, Lake Michigan-inspired sustainable ceramic and mosaic public art mural on the southeast corner of the school, and outdoor improvements including a school garden and playground equipment.
The public-space improvements are intended to complement the recent building renovation, during which parts of Lincoln’s old building were discovered under entryway and restroom walls.
The design for the new school was modified to preserve and showcase an arch added to the original building in the 1950s, as well as part of a wall from the original building constructed in the late 1800s.
The planned six-panel mural will be installed under the guidance of Lithuanian-born Sonata Kazimieraitiene, an artist with the Lill Street Arts Center and the Chicago Public Art Group. The mural pieces will be designed and implemented by Lincoln students in art classes and in a unique 12-week after-school “Mural Club.”
“The Lincoln kids are excited to work on the mural project in class and are absolutely thrilled that their work will be a permanent part of the new school to finish the renovation,” said Amanda Taggart, Lincoln’s art teacher.
The mural will feature a scene from Lee Street beach, the water cycle and the local ecosystem. The architects of the recent renovation, TMP Architecture of Michigan, created water-themed elements within the building, such as the blue acoustic panels in the front lobby.
In addition, the school’s garden will be reinstalled, new benches will be added, and additional playground equipment will be purchased with funds from the benefit.
“Our first edible garden, though small, taught many of us in the school and neighboring community what potential a small space has for providing healthy food,” said Lincoln parent Kim Stover, gardens chair. The new, larger plot will have an edible garden, plants native to the region, a soil investigation area and a sensory garden. Teachers can share lessons tied to the District’s curriculum in an outdoor classroom near the garden space.