February 4, 2011
Talking Mural exchange that began in Kibinge.....
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the completion of the Renewing Material: Nurturing Environment mural at Rasor Elementary School. Led by project assistants Rebecca Schaefer (art Teacher at Rasor) and Amanda Batson (UT Austin), a select group of students from each grade were invited to add their vocabulary about the environment to the mural that was began in Kibinge, Uganda.
The focus of this exchange was to give an opportunity for students to think about their role in a global village. To think about the lives of students on the other side of the globe and how they are linked by caring for our one world.
One very special part of the day was the video conference with Fred Mutebi in Uganda. This was incredible opportunity for the students to ask Fred about Uganda, what they eat, what the environment looks like and even what is happening to the environment. Fred's energy and enthusiasm encouraged each student to learn more.
The mural will be exhibited at the University of North Texas as a part of the Material Evolution: Ugandan Bark Cloth exhibition opening on March 1st at the UNT Art Gallery.
Here are a few photos of the mural as it came to be.
From Kasota Primary School in Uganda
From Rasor Elementary in Plano, Texas