Portrait series inspired by the poem “Dream Variations”
celebrating neighborhood children

collaboration between Art on Sedgwick, artist Pierce Cruz, and local children



Artist & Collaborators

Drawings by artist Pierce Cruz of children from Marshall Field Garden Apartment Homes
Patterns and Colors co-created by the artist and neighbors

DATE – January 2019-Ongoing

Artist Statement

I was inspired by the poem “Dream Variations” by Langston Hughes. The kids are at an age where their identity is being molded. I want to celebrate to their identity by exploring their uniqueness. The patterns connect with each other in an infinite loop to emphasize “We’re here, we matter”.


Dream Variations Poem
Dream Variations
Langston Hughes – 1902-1967

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me—
That is my dream!
To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly
Black like me

About The Artist – Pierce Cruz

Pierce I. Cruz is a Chicago-Born Artist residing on the far Southwest Side. His work is inspired by his journey through life. Growing up as a black gay male, he was highly influenced by society, media, and peers throughout childhood. Using the guidance of everyday life, Pierce’s work serves as documentation for his thoughts, reflections, and overall environment as he continues to grow. Through drawing, painting, and photography, Pierce is constantly exploring his identity in the world and his relationships within.

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