ETHS students at the Grove Street mural ribbon cutting on Oct. 19 with Chicago muralise Molly Zakrajsek (center). Students pictured (from left): Saige Severin, Caroline Roche, Ailsa Caughran and Mayerli Collantes Cook. Photo from ETHS
ETHS students at the Grove Street mural ribbon cutting on Oct. 19 with Chicago muralise Molly Zakrajsek (center). Students pictured (from left): Saige Severin, Caroline Roche, Ailsa Caughran and Mayerli Collantes Cook. Photo from ETHS

A new mural titled “Fluent Foundations” is now on display in downtown Evanston at the Grove Street Metra underpass. Evanston Township High School students Collantes Cook, Ailsa Caughran, Caroline Roche, and Saige Severin worked closely with Chicago muralist Molly Zakrajsek, along with students from Beacon Academy and Roycemore School, to design and paint the piece. 

“Fluent Foundations” was created to exhibit a sense of harmony, energy, and connectivity. Ms. Zakrajsek, who led the mural project, said,  “Art has the ability to plant seeds of optimism deep into the human psyche.

The mural was celebrated by the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 19 and is one of many pieces curated by Art Encounter, a non-profit organization responsible for the Evanston Mural Arts Program.