Maggie L. Walker Mural Project: In September, a committee was formed to work with the artist, Colleen Phelon Hall, to oversee the creation of a mural to honor Maggie L. Walker on the wall outside of the Blue Stone Lobby. The committee included stakeholders from the faculty, administration, alumni of MLWGS and the original Maggie L. Walker High School, current students, and parents. Colleen presented details about the project and process to all current art students. Students were tasked with researching Maggie L. Walker and the classes shared what they had learned. The design process also included an online survey that went out to the stakeholder community asking about what they felt should be included in the design. These responses and key takeaways were shared with the art students to include in their initial concept designs. Colleen enjoyed getting to share about the project with the greater school community at Fall Festival. She presented the student concept designs to the committee and narrowed down to the primary design direction that the committee preferred. Drawing from this feedback, Colleen created two main concept drawings and presented them again to the classes and the committee. The classes provided feedback on a potential color palette. The committee made the final call on the mural design. Now, Colleen has the students assisting with projecting the image onto fabric panels. The panels will be painted in a “paint by number” style at Community Paint Parties to be held in March (dates and locations will be shared shortly). If the weather cooperates, installation is slated for the middle of April.
Design Concept approved by Mural Committee
Students assist with the projection process