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Donald Gensler, Jane Golden, U. Penn. Students, ArtWorks! Students, A Family Garden, 45'x 80', acrylic mural, Sponsored by DHS, Zach Oppenheimer, 2003. This project was part of a city-wide Anti-Truancy program that seeks to work with children and their communities. The Penn Students worked with some of these kids during the project. A neighborhood playground was revitalized and another smaller mural painted as components of this project.
Donald Gensler, Jane Golden, U. Penn. Students, ArtWorks! Students, and Urban Tree Connection, Holding Grandmother's Quilt, 40' x 50' and 40' x 35', Sponsored by DHS and Ford Foundation, 2004. This project involved a unique group of niehborhood men called MASCO. Their organization has continued to maintain the park space in between the two murals. The quilt comes off of one wall into the lanscape and back onto the other wall.
Donald Gensler, Jane Golden, U. Penn. Students, ArtWorks! Students, Reaching For Your Star, 35'x 60', acrylic mural, Sponsored by DHS, Zach Oppenheimer, 2003. This project was part of a city-wide Anti-Truancy program that seeks to work with children and their communities. The Penn Students worked with some of these kids during the project. A neighborhood playground was revitalized and another smaller mural painted as components of this project.
Donald Gensler, Jane Golden, U. Penn. Students, Learning From the Past, 45'x 55', acrylic mural, Sponsored by GMAC Mortgage, City of Philadelphia, University of Penn, 2002. We took students through the process of working with the Mantua community to arrive at ideas for the mural. The image of the woman's hands is from the homeowner LuthaBell Durham. She had just turned 92 and we reflected on her history in the neighborhood as a theme for the mural.
Donald Gensler, Jane Golden, U. Penn. Students, Mapping Mantua, 30' x 50', acrylic, mural, Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, 2001. The idea of placement within a city began discussions of a map of the neighborhood. Students also worked with children at Mc Michaels School to create a smaller community mural on a low embankment wall. The school is now a site for a MAP after-school Big Picture program.
The Biosphere, 20' x 80', acrylic latex mural, Carver Magnet 3rd 4th and 5th Grade, Arkansas Arts Council Grant, Little Rock, AR, 1997. As a visiting artist I worked with students to help them design, draw, and paint the mural. We explored all elements of the Biosphere in the classroom. Their drawings were then transferred to the entrance rotunda of the school and painted on the walls.
In a Child's Dream, 15' x 25', acrylic latex mural, Wakefield Elementary 4th 5th and 6th Grade, Arkansas Arts Center New Futures Grant, Little Rock, AR, 1999. With a new playground being built at the school, I had students think about play and dreams. The images which they drew were then assembled and transferred on the schools cafeteria wall. Over 200 students designed, drew and painted the mural.