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Project Onward Creates Bridgeport-Themed Art for ComEd

By Ed Komenda | August 10, 2015 5:40am
 Moe Mansur, a Project Onward artist, shows off the
Moe Mansur, a Project Onward artist, shows off the "Bridgeport Marquee" paintings commissioned by ComEd for its forthcoming training facility.
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BRIDGEPORT — ComEd officials wanted art to decorate the company’s forthcoming training center at 35th and Iron streets.

They found it a block away at the Bridgeport Art Center.

While on a tour of a gallery by the painters of Project Onward, a non-profit that provides developmentally and mentally disabled artists with work spaces and materials, ComEd’s Paula Conrad knew she had discovered what the company had sought.

“I was blown away,” said Conrad, ComEd’s citizenship manager.

Though ComEd typically decorates its offices with pictures of employees working in the field, the company commissioned 25 paintings and drawings from Project Onward with one request: All pieces must be Bridgeport-themed to “tie” ComEd to the neighborhood.

A pair of paintings depict Bridgeport natives Richard J. Daley and Richard M. Daley.

Another shows a street view of Maria’s Packaged Goods.

Another one shows Prince Charles — one of the artist's idols — hanging out with Superman at the Bridgeport Art Center.

On Aug. 12, from 5-8 p.m. on the first floor of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., you’ll be able to see a gallery decorated with the art purchased by ComEd.

There will be a short program to honor the artists at 6:15 p.m.

Learn more about Project Onward here.

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