The Huntsville High School Art Department was recently accepted to participate in a mural project hosted by Crystal Bridges. Students were assigned to design a mural based on the theme, "How are you a part of diversity in Northwest Arkansas?" The mural was started in class at HHS and then transported to Crystal Bridges for a live painting demonstration, during which students completed the project in The Great Hall of the museum.
Much thought and preparation were put into this painting. A quote by Picasso is featured in hand-painted calligraphy: The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Our artists gathered reference images that show how HHS students are using their diverse gifts to teach, encourage, and help one another.
When viewing the mural you can see the following moments being depicted from left to right.
- The first image shows our student section celebrating a win with the basketball team and encouraging inclusion.
- The next image shows our peer tutoring program in which students volunteer to help others.
- The third image shows a teen philanthropist who created a nonprofit organization that advocates for children with hearing impairments.
- The fourth image shows high school ag students teaching woodworking skills to middle school students.
These images are placed against a background featuring elements found in a Northwest Arkansas ecosystem. Diversity and collaboration are something that is found in nature right at our feet. We don't have to look far to see that we were created with gifts that were made to help one another.
If you'd like to see the mural in person, it will be on display at the Fayetteville Public Library from April 10- July 31 before returning to Huntsville.