Saatchi Art Teams up with MINI USA to Promote Literacy in Chicago

MINI USA and Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy have teamed up with Saatchi Art to promote literacy in Chicago by launching The Library Project. This important initiative will provide access to books through mobile libraries (painted by professional and student artists) which will be placed in local parks.

Eleven Saatchi Art artists from across the world were selected by Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator, Rebecca Wilson, to help raise awareness for the initiative by creating special editions of the book boxes. These are available for purchase on Saatchi Art to raise funds for Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy. Participating artists include Ruben Aguirre, Sarah Edwards, Jonas Fisch, Barry Johnson, William LaChance, Liz Mares, Dennis Osadebe, Paul Richard, Eric Stefanski, Raul de la Torre and Bryan Valenzuela.

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“We are honored to be working with MINI and Little Black Pearl to help encourage literacy among young people who may not have easy access to books.”

– Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator, Saatchi Art

”In urban Chicago, there is 1 book for every 300 children.”

Little Black Pearl counters the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, access to positive role models, rigorous programming, skills development activities and 
social growth opportunities.

“By providing access to creativity and art, MINI USA is helping to make urban life better by enabling local students to think big and dream bigger through storytelling.”

-Terri Evan, Metro Marketing Manager for MINI USA

Liz Mares, Saatchi Art Artist

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About the Collection

Featuring artworks by Saatchi Art artists on the outside and Little Black Pearl student art on the inside, 100% of sales proceeds from the purchase of these one-of-a-kind book boxes will benefit Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy.

Works from this Collection

Sculpture, 48 H x 12 W x 12 in

Sculpture, 48 H x 12 W x 12 in

Sculpture, 48 H x 12 W x 12 in

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