Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 4/20/2017 - 6:30 PM
Category: Awards and Commendations
Type: Info
Subject: 2. Presentation of Donald J. O’Connell Memorial Auditorium Seasonal Artwork
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
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Background: This evening we will be celebrating the unveiling of new artwork developed for the Donald J. O’Connell Memorial Auditorium. This endeavor was made possible by the collaboration of Wendell Willis, MPS Chief Operations Officer; Facilities & Maintenance staff; Deb Jolitz, MPS Fine Arts Manager; and community artist Tia Richardson.

These murals were created to portray our children and our communities. The four interchangeable murals depict the uniqueness and diversity in our seasons, schools, and community.

This season’s mural, Multicultural Tree of Life – Spring, shows the diversity of Milwaukee Public Schools children weaving multi-colored fabric representing different ethnicities and cultures around a young tree. A native woman sits at the bottom, knitting colorful yarn into this fabric. She represents that we all are woven from the same cloth, but this cloth has many different patterns and textures. The children are cooperating at this and helping each other out, demonstrating acceptance, respect, and appreciation for one another's differences.

It was painted with the help of K5-5th-graders from Elm Creative Arts School's 2016 summer creative arts camp. Students were taught the wax-resist method to paint the tree's leaves and flowers. They also painted the grass and sky using acrylic paint.
Fiscal Impact Statement: None
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Darienne Driver - Superintendent