Collaborative murals create images and opportunities for understanding.
Collaborative Murals are designed to bring people together regardless of the diversity of experiences, perspectives, curiosities or languages. Through this work we facilitate interactions among people who might not normally talk, encouraging dialogue.
The project is collaborative from concept to design to implementation. The Mural is used as a tool of artistic, historical, educational, social and humanistic expression and has a positive educational impact on the viewer.
How did it all start?
David Hornell Junior School was preparing to commemorate 50 years of education. They decided to celebrate this anniversary by painting a Mural dedicated to the community and the memory of David Hornell, Fighter Pilot in World War II.
The Board of Teachers represented by Ms.Yee reached out to me for design ideas; the design was to incorporate symbols such as the school playground, poppies (flowers representing the fallen in combat), the "Go train" passing behind the school and an airplane representing the pilot. The Board also proposed that all students and teachers be involved in the creation of the Mural.
We agreed to allocate the time participation of 200 children in the 5 days of work and selected the areas in which they will paint. One of the parents - Maria Rosario, along with Ms. Yee made sure that everything ran as smoothly as planned. Some children returned at lunch time to keep painting and even the teachers were excitedly waiting for their chance to paint.
The mural painting process involved the conjoined efforts of 200 children, six parent volunteers, one grandmother, all teachers including maintenance personnel and the Principal. Each of them had their space and time to make a stroke, which made the project an artistic triumph that both children and adults equally enjoyed. The collective enthusiasm was contagious and everyone stopped to let me know how happy they were with the Mural.
One of the most enjoyable things were everyone's supportive comments and stories on how they identify with the symbols on the mural. The sun, the trees, the flowers - many people were eager to see the final results of their hard work and how the color scheme would turn out. Not even the language barrier hampered this creative communication and enjoyment all who participated experience through art and working together to create a visual for the whole community.