by: Joseph A. Clark of Art Werks Gallery
Woodlawn and 53rd Street, and Other Locations
Painted on Trash Cans
In the 1980s, Joe Clark, owner of Art Werks Gallery on 53rd Street,
started BeBop (Black Educational and Black Opportunities Program).
It consists of teenagers (not necessarily black, despite the name)
who learn and practice art in the basement of his shop and usually
find uses for it in the neighborhood.
Among their most visible products are these decorated trash cans
which enlivened 53rd Street for many years. Now just a few remain
but with luck there will be more on the streets after next summer's
crop of BeBopers gets busy.