Arts grant allows for school mural project

The Greenfield Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization has been awarded a $4,500 Artist in Residence Grant from the N.H. State Council on the Arts. The grant will be used to create a glass and paint mosaic mural project at Greenfield Elementary School, entitled “Trees and their Eco-Systems Through the Seasons.”

During this school year, students will create conceptual drawings and participate in creation of the mosaics and painting of the backgrounds, working under the guidance and direction of artist David Fichter and with the support of parents and teachers. They will also create individual accordion books mimicking the four-season imagery of the mural, working under the guidance of local artist Erin Sweeney. Those books will enable each student to take home a piece of the mural project.

The program will culminate in a community unveiling event in May 2014, which will include presentations by each of the classes at the school. The completed mural will become a permanent decoration in the school’s front hallway.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that the State Council on the Arts awarded us this grant,” said Angélique Moon, Greenfield Elementary School PTO president. “Being selected is both an honor and a reflection on the strength of our community. The application process showcased the coordinated efforts of our Greenfield Elementary staff, the ConVal Arts Enrichment team, the GES PTO and the local Greenfield community — most notably the wonderful team at the Stephenson Library. We’re very proud to be able to support such an exciting program for our school, and can’t wait for the community to see what these kids can do.”

The artist residency is a continuation of Greenfield Elementary School’s Reverence of Place interdisciplinary program, which uses a variety of techniques, such as local hikes, reading and writing focal points and art projects, to encourage the children’s understanding of and sense of stewardship for the natural world and specifically the beautiful woods of New Hampshire.

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