Columbia College Chicago kicked off the 2012 fall semester with ColumbiaCrawl, a new campus-wide event celebrating the beginning of a new school year, on September 6. ColumbiaCrawl also marked the unveiling of a new South Loop mural on a local business at the northwest corner of Wabash and Balbo. Created by Columbia College alumnus and Chicago-based artist Nino Rodriguez (BA ’05), the mural is a vibrant snapshot of the city of Chicago, including portions depicting the city skyline, CTA trains, and sports team logos.
Rodriguez designed the piece especially for the newly created Wabash Arts Corridor, a long-term strategy to turn the South Loop campus, from Congress to Roosevelt, into a dynamic arts corridor that reflects the creativity of Columbia College students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as promote ongoing commitment of the college partnering with local businesses and the community.
In addition to the dedication of Rodriguez's mural, ColumbiaCrawl presented more than a dozen
exhibitions, live music on multiple stages, theater and dance
performance, readings, fashion shows, interactive audio, TV and radio
demonstrations, and flash mobs.
For more on Rodriguez and his mural design, check out the video below:
Wabash Arts Corridor Mural, by Columbia College Chicago alumnus Nino Rodrguez (B.A. '05) from Columbia College Chicago on Vimeo.