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What: As part of SHARP Literacy’s STEAM-based educational program, the organization partnered with several Milwaukee-area schools to create a large-scale mural, Helping Hands, which will be unveiled in Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville district on Wednesday. Community Artist Vedale Hill led the public art project, which included the participation of fourth and fifth grade students from Augustine Prep, Kluge Elementary School, Rogers Street Academy and Swallow Elementary School.
Hill guided the students in the painting of wooden hands in a symbolic way, focusing on elements that relate to their own communities like support, strength and generosity. The painted hands represent how each student sees themselves individually, and how each hand can play a role in their own communities. The workshop provided students with elements of social emotional learning, which is integral to all SHARP programs.
The 4 x 12’ mural includes a total of 150 hands painted by elementary students, along with SHARP supporters who participated in the organization’s annual fundraiser A Novel Event last February. Students from Augustine Prep, Swallow Elementary and Rogers Street Academy will be in attendance for the unveiling.
When: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Lynda Kohler, President/CEO of SHARP Literacy
Vedale Hill, Community Artist
Unveiling of mural by Lynda Kohler and students
Where: 2209 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Garfield Avenue. The mural is located on the Garfield Avenue side of the building.
For more information, visit www.sharpliteracy.org