A woman with a mask selecting paint for the mural

BMO invites Chicago student artists to create mural on unity and hope


Last month, BMO invited Chicago students to transform the plywood that covered BMO’s main Chicago branch during protests into beautiful works of art that communicate unity and hope. The murals represent the opportunity Chicagoans have to create a more inclusive and just community, together. Several Chicago not for profits will take part in producing artwork that will rotate into the BMO’s main branch windows over the next coming months as a visual reminder to continue our progress toward a more inclusive society.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Live kicked off the project and titled their art work “If I could Show the World.” The mural features 20+ students from CPS who were participating in CPS Lives artists’ residency program. The title is from a piece written by one of the students shown in the mural.

Next up was After School Matters, which had 15 young artists from communities across the city collaborated to create “Bubbling Up and Busting Out,” with their mentor instructors, Russell Weiss and Andrea Jablonski. Each teen shared an individual message in a bubble to inspire change, with the contrasting colors overlapping in the background symbolizing unity and coming together.

These murals will also be displayed in Chicago neighborhoods as they rotate out of the bank’s windows.

Learn about the creation of the first series of murals, and about how BMO is working to eliminate racial inequities across the organization and the financial services industry.



Related Insights



Regardless of your gender identity or expression, we're here to help. BMO’s Gender Pronoun Initiative
Diversity and inclusion

“A wrong pronoun here and there might not seem like a big deal, but imagine that each time someone is misgendered, they receive a brick to carry,” says Kei Sista, Expense Analyst at BMO. “By the end of the day, they are exhausted under the weight of all those bricks.” In 2017, BMO customer service […]

Day of Pink 2019 BMO Celebrates the International Day of Pink
Diversity and inclusion

Every year on the International Day of Pink, millions of people around the world wear pink to unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, anti-LGBTQ bullying and discrimination. At BMO, Day of Pink is also a chance to listen to and learn from the experiences, perspectives and backgrounds of our […]

BMO, United Way and City of Toronto Champion Economic Opportunity BMO, United Way and City of Toronto champion economic opportunity
Community giving

BMO, together with United Way Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto, has announced that the Greater Golden Mile area in Scarborough, Ontario, has been selected as the first to adopt a new approach to building inclusive local economic opportunity and stronger neighborhoods. Watch the video. This pilot follows extensive work over the last year […]