Jeff Zimmermann was teaching Pilsen kids how to make popsicle-stick sculptures when a neighborhood priest asked him to paint Our Lady of Guadalupe on a building at 19th and Ashland.
Back in 1996, Zimmermann was just a graphic design geek helping out at a Pilsen community center. He didn't know the first thing about painting a mural.
"The priest said, 'You're an artist, right?' 'You know how to paint a mural, right?' And I said, 'Yeah,' " Zimmermann says. "But none of it was true."