Mar 22

For Some Moore Students Spring Break Means Volunteering With Mural Arts

by: Cross-posted with Moore College of Art & Design

Earlier this month, thirteen Moore College of Art & Design students joined Mural Arts for an “Alternative Spring Break.” While working with Mural Arts, the students volunteered to work on a new mural for the Spring Garden Street Bridge. This article was first published on Moore’s website on March 16, and is re-posted here with their permission.

While some students may have been sunning themselves on a beach during spring break, thirteen Moore students chose to do volunteer work to help beautify a Philadelphia neighborhood.

The students were part of Alternative Spring Break at Moore, and this year they worked with professional muralists from Mural Arts Philadelphia to put finishing touches on a new mural for the Spring Garden Street Bridge in the Mantua section of the city, designed by artist Betsy Casañas. The old mural had to be taken down because of construction along the bridge.

“It’s super exciting being able to be a part of it,” said Fine Arts major Maria Roman ’18, student leader for community service at Moore. “I think it’s good, not only to get out and do community service, but as an art student it’s a great all-around experience.”

 

Working in the studio 

  • Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Students from the Moore College of Art and Design helped to paint the mural during their Alternative Spring Break in 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Students from the Moore College of Art and Design helped to paint the mural during their Alternative Spring Break in 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Students from the Moore College of Art and Design helped to paint the mural during their Alternative Spring Break in 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Students from the Moore College of Art and Design helped to paint the mural during their Alternative Spring Break in 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

The students, majoring in Animation & Game Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Fine Arts, worked in Casañas’ studio in Norris Square from Monday, March 6, to Friday, March 10.

Participants included Maria Roman, Rachel Wigham, Jasmine Harris, Stephanie Czapla, Wilson Smith, Brianna Hayes, Jasmine Castaneda-Nava, Stephanie Weinger, Cassandra Kimbrough, Jessica Shields, Alyssa Kaufman, Sristi Chanda and Katherine Roll.

“It feels great to work so closely with them to create something that they have ownership in,” said Phil Asbury, the art education project manager at Mural Arts who has overseen development of the bridge mural project. “It’s been a tremendous help having skilled hands on the project, and I can tell these students are cross-discipline. They are clearly very focused and trained, and we are certainly happy to have them.”

Asbury said the mural is a collaboration with the Mantua Civic Association and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“Stylistically, it’s connected to the Paint the Revolution exhibition at the PMA that just closed,” Asbury said. “The mural incorporates the talavera Mexican tile pattern design, and the motif throughout the design has about 6,000 tulips in it.” Tulips represent growth and development for the Mantua community, Asbury said.

“I participated in an Alternative Spring Break program when I was in college, and it really changed my life,” said Emily Johnson, assistant dean of students and coordinator of the program. “I was so happy to start one here at Moore, and this year was more successful than ever before with a record number of students participating, and getting to partner with our friends at Mural Arts Philadelphia.”

The mural will be finished this spring, and a dedication ceremony involving the Moore students is set for May 20th on the bridge.

“Our hope is that these students become active citizens in their communities, and that ASB begins a lifelong love of service and volunteerism,” Johnson said.

Last updated: Mar 22, 2017

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