The Traveling Community Mural Project

The Traveling Community Mural Project
Posted on 12/14/2018
This is the image for the news article titled The Traveling Community Mural ProjectStudents from Ogg Elementary have been busy with a schoolwide project called “The Traveling Community Mural Project,” which is based on the book Maybe Something Beautiful by Theresa Howell and F. Isabel Campoy.

Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. The main character, Mira, loves art and shares her paintings with friends in her community, but it just isn’t enough. One day she meets a muralist who is inspired by one of her drawings. With his help, they begin to paint on the walls of her neighborhood. Soon the entire community has joined in and is spreading art, joy, and friendship throughout the neighborhood.

Ogg has chosen to do the same by participating in the Traveling Community Mural Project. Students discussed how the community in the book came together and used art to spread joy and friendship. They were then challenged by international speaker and librarian Shannon Miller to create their own mural that would be shared with nine other schools globally, including schools in Canada, New York, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, and Texas.

Students designed and completed their mural, cut it into ten pieces and have prepared it to ship to these nine school partners. They recently received a piece from Bunn Elementary in North Carolina and look forward to getting the rest. “This has been a great experience and a fabulous opportunity for our students to make global connections,” said Bronwyn Rumsey, Library Media Specialist.

Ogg Students Traveling Community
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