The Claxton Mural Beautification project is now complete!
It involves restoring the 2nd floor mural. The project was closely tied to the curriculum of the grades on that floor (second and third) and is linked to the exploration of global cultures and community through the Social Studies Essential Standards.
Ian Wilkinson, the artist in residence, is Director of the Asheville Mural Project (AMP), a nonprofit program that utilizes the mural arts to empower the community and celebrate our culture and history.
Our students were given the task of illuminating the concept of a global/community connection to understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. Creating this mural and tying the themes to curriculum benefited the entire Claxton community and reflects favorably on Claxton's commitment to the arts.
This mural project has been a dream for some time, and we have been working on securing funding for over 2 years. It is with great joy that we wish to thank the North Carolina Arts Council and the Asheville City Schools Foundation for generous funding.
The Asheville Citizen Times attended the Mural celebration and has a Slideshow up of the celebration at http://www.citizen-times.com/search/claxton/
The Claxton Beautification Mural project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council,
a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.