Literacy and diversity are the themes of the new mural at King Arts school.                  RoundTable photo

The mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts (“King Arts”) School is to provide all students with a dynamic educational experience that focuses on the fine and performing arts and emphasizes literature and writing.

Walking in to the lobby of the school, one is immediately drawn to the work-in-progress mural celebrating literacy and diversity as part of the King Arts mission. Maggie Weiss, Artist-in Residence, textile artist and educator, has been meeting with students in her Pop Up Art Studio in the expansive lobby. The students worked in this pop-up studio space during the Fine Arts Rotation period. The idea was to find a way to combine literacy and diversity and to have the students incorporate themselves into the mural.

Each section of the school was assigned a particular role in the project. Grades 2 through 5 created the book spines, K through 4 painted the backgrounds and grades 5 through 8 designed the faces. At the beginning, they were asked what their dreams were and the shared dreams they had for the future.

The ribbon-like waves will have quotations that reflect the theme of the mural. The completed mural will be presented at two all-school assemblies on Jan.11 and Jan.13 in  honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The birthday celebrations will showcase the performing arts and service learning projects. The mural is expected to be hung above the double wide stairs leading to the second floor.