Kent art teachers unite

Group creating a traveling mural with six elementary schools

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 3:32pm
  • News

For the Reporter

Six elementary schools in Kent are banding together to use art to combat recent fears about violence in public schools.

Supported by a $500 Kent Arts Commission grant, a team of local art docents – volunteer art teachers – will paint a traveling canvas mural with roughly 2,000 K-to sixth-graders.

The 6-by-8-foot mural depicts a teenager in the center and various community members around him/her. The children will be using acrylic paint to make “vibes” coming out from the teenager to the rest of the community members, with a message encircling the youth, “Love Begins With Me.”

Docents begin painting on Sunday, March 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons in Kent. Owner Susan Bagrationoff offered her space to the project immediately.

“I see this project having a very positive impact on the kids and our community. I am thrilled to be involved,” said Bagrationoff, an art docent.

After March 11, the project will be separated into six distinct portions and sent to Horizon, Covington, Glen Ridge, Lake Youngs, Meridian and Sawyer Woods elementary schools where students will add their touches with direction from their school art docents.

Administrators are eager to change the conversation at their schools from one of fear to one of love and hope.

“Our teachers and students have been tense since the event in Florida. We could use a reason to hope for brighter days ahead,” said Miles Erdly, Horizon principal.

Artistic direction is being given by Becci Harrison, a local artist from Tacoma known as The Daydream Unicorn. Painting will be finalized in May. Additional creative and administrative support is being provided by The Interurban Center for the Arts at Green River College.

The project, “Love Begins With Me,” is the concept of Lindsey Shumway, a Kent mother of three who volunteers monthly to teach art at Horizon where staff and funding for visual arts is limited.

Upon completion, the mural will travel to various schools within the district promoting its positive message and will then be donated to a local Kent charitable organization.

More in News

State Patrol seeks help in hit-and-run cold case that killed Kent girl

Recent progress made in 1999 Benson Road incident

American Legion Post 15, Legion family of Kent provide annual holiday dinner

The American Legion Post 15 and the Legion family of Kent prepare… Continue reading

Puget Sound Fire call report

Type, number of incidents

Kent Police investigate shooting death on West Hill

Suspect still at large; public’s help sought

Three Kent men among 29 arrested in drug busts

Agents execute warrants in five Western Washington counties

Kent Police shoot, injure man who rams police vehicles

Man wanted for escape, drug warrants

Green River College President Suzanne Johnson, who does not dispute a review that found GRC had violated statutory and regulatory requirements, said the school has won an appeal to have the Department of Education greatly reduce its $574,500 fine. FILE PHOTO
Green River College wins appeal; fine reduced for violations

DOE: school failed to report crime statistics and inform public; GRC to pay $250,000

State Senate leaders have decided to suspend an outside investigation into a rape allegation made against state Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, who lost his reelection bid. REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Senate calls off investigation into rape allegation against Sen. Fain

Both parties claim the process is a partisan one

Most Read