Remembering Sidewalk Sam
On January 26, 2015, Boston lost an inspirational leader and visionary. Robert Guillemin, better known as Sidewalk Sam, transformed Boston streets and neighborhoods through street art and chalk portraiture. His vision was simple: make beautiful art accessible to all.
In spring of 2008, multiple homicides in our neighborhood left the community shaken. Hyde Square Task Force youth wanted to remind everyone that peace was possible and, using art as a vehicle for change, curb senseless street violence.
After learning about Sidewalk Sam’s work, they partnered with him on the Paint for Peace project and painted more than 40 peace doves with the caption Stop Violence Create Peace in our neighborhood. The doves brought the community together, and the youth who participated in the project were transformed by the power of their paintbrushes.
Sidewalk Sam’s contributions can be seen in many corners of our city. Thank you, Sidewalk Sam, for bringing your vision to our community when many felt little hope. Your passion for the arts and love for the city was contagious and inspirational. We are honored to be a part of your legacy.
To see the doves from the Paint for Peace project, visit the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza.
Leadership Transition at Hyde Square Task Force
Letter from Yi-Chin:
“Now as I take on the role of Interim Executive Director, Hyde/Jackson Square and Boston are very different places than they were twenty years ago. With new challenges and exciting opportunities, the Hyde Square Task Force is well placed to continue making significant contributions…”